Charlotte Priddle and Jessica Pace discuss two artists’ books made in non-traditional media that challenge our approach to their preservation and use. Ben Denzer’s 20 Slices contains twenty slices of Kraft American Singles. Didier Mutel’s edition of Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica is made of thin sheets of concrete. In both cases, conversations with the artists regarding their material selection, manufacture process, and their views on the object’s aging, use, and conservation strongly informed the resulting preservation plans.
Charlotte Priddle is the Director of Special Collections and the Librarian for Printed Books at NYU Libraries.
Jessica Pace is the Preventive Conservator at New York University Libraries, where she is responsible for environmental monitoring, emergency preparedness and response, integrated pest management, as well as handling and housing of Special Collections materials. She received her MA in Art History and CAS in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center at New York University, and her BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College.
Link to RSVP here. This event is presented as part of NYU Libraries' Preservation Week series of programming. More information can be found on the NYU Preservation Week website.