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Wed, Mar 15


Skylight Gallery, SF Public Library

Artists' Books in Library Collections

Join your fellow BAACG members to hear San Francisco Public Library book conservator Michelle C. Smith discuss the conundrum of artists’ books in library collections.

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Artists' Books in Library Collections

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Mar 15, 6:00 PM

Skylight Gallery, SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA


About the event

What are artists' books and how should a library conservator approach their preservation, presentation, and conservation? Can we accept stains on the cover of a contemporary artist’s book like we would on a leather-bound incunable? Are we responsible for preserving the artist’s intent when treating damage caused by the artist’s decisions? Should library conservators consult with living artists and publishers about artists’ book treatments? Do we expect artists’ books used in an instructional setting to remain in like-new condition? San Francisco Public Library book conservator Michelle C. Smith will discuss all these topics and share examples of different types of damage and treatments from academic and public library settings. A selection of artists' books from the SFPL's Book Arts & Special Collections will also be on view. Join us at the Skylight Gallery on the 6th floor of the Main Library for this special event!

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