Several MoMA Library staff members are heavily involved in an exciting upcoming event, the 3rd annual Contemporary Artists' Books Conference, to be held at PS1 on November 5-6. The conference is sponsored by Printed Matter, and held in conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair. The program will include speakers, panels, artists' presentations, and receptions.
One of this summer’s most amusing and charming acquisitions at the Frick Art Reference Library and the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a book devoted to Campari, the apéritif favored by the Italian Futurists. Yes, all those manifesti were fueled by the bitter red drink whose recipe has remained secret since its appearance in 1860.
Anyone who has slaved over a book exhibition for months has probably had that experience when a friend, who is not a "book person," comes to see the show. You can tell from their reaction that the experience is something similar to seeing an art exhibition with the paintings displayed still nailed shut inside their wooden shipping crates. When you go to European museums, you realize how lucky we are in the United States that artworks are not usually displayed behind glass.