Working in a library, it is amazing how consistently one is asked, “Which is your favorite book?” I generally stutter and give a muddled reply about how I like the idea of an accumulation of books, or something along those lines. If really pressed, I have recently started mentioning that I like books about books. In my case, given the nature of MoMA library’s collection, our books about books generally focus on the small and merry niche of modern and contemporary art publications and publications by artists.
Right now the display cases at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries contain a selection of our holdings of artists’ books from the Women’s Studio Workshop. These books complement the exhibition entitled “Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop” being held at the Grolier Club from December 8, 2010 through February 5, 2011.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, offering friends and families the chance to celebrate by sharing a meal together. The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. A delightful book, available at the Frick Art Reference Library, examines all aspects of this iconic bird. Presenting the Turkey: The Fabulous Story of a Flamboyant and Flavourful Bird includes chapters dedicated to the once exotic bird and its relationship to the arts (fine and culinary), lore, and language.