What looks like a book, feels like a book but isn't a book?
Please join Metropolitan Museum of Art Librarian Mindell Dubansky, who will discuss the collecting of pseudo-books, along with the Paper Legacy Project, her current research.
Mindell Dubansky has amassed about 600 fake books made from stone, wax, straw, wood, soap, plastic, glass, and other materials. She coined a term for them: “blooks,” short for “book-look.” Ms. Dubansky is the author of “Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t.”
Mindell Dubansky is an artist and bookbinder and head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation, Watson Library, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to blooks, Ms. Dubansky will discuss the Thomas J. Watson Library Paper Legacy Project, which was established in 2018 to collect and document the work and histories of prominent professional American decorative paper artists active from the late 1960s to the present. New Mexicans Madeleine Durham, Tom Leech, Pam Smith, and Paul Maurer are all represented by the Paper Legacy Project.
View the CBS Morning segment on Blooks here.