Book Arts of Latin America at the University of North Carolina

For this installment of In the Stacks we visit the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a sampling of Latin American book arts. All the works below appeared in their 2008 exhibition Hecho A Mano: Book Arts of Latin America. The exhibit featured work from Argentina, Cuba and Mexico.

 Future Library: Publication date 2114

 Scottish artist Katie Paterson is a patient women. Her current project Future Library will take 100 years to consummate!  You heard right; a century from inception to completion. Here’s the deal:

A forest has been planted in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. The texts will be held in a specially designed room in the New Public Deichmanske Library in Oslo. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future

Paterson has also created a limited edition print which doubles as a certificate that entitles the owner to one complete set of the texts printed on the paper made from the trees after they are fully grown and cut down in 2114.

Video: Future Library, Katie Paterson from Katie Paterson on Vimeo

Katie Paterson, Future Library.

Happy Birthday Julie Child!

The Books in Julia Child’s Kitchen

In 2001 Julia Child gave her kitchen to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The kitchen, designed by her husband Paul, was where millions of Americans watched as Child worked her culinary magic on her incredibly popular public-television series.

Christine Klepper, a Museum Studies graduate student at The George Washington University, has been spending some time in the kitchen working with the books. Her recent post on the blog of the National Museum of American History, What’s on Julia Child’s bookshelf, recounts her experience:

My assignment in the kitchen was to complete object condition reports on all 27 books on the kitchen bookshelf. My goal was to assess each book’s current condition, compare my observations with previous records, and, if its condition required, bring the book to the attention of a museum conservator. The bookshelf was located between Julia’s refrigerator and a glass view portal designed so visitors can see into the kitchen

Each book was labeled “Kitchen Copy” and interestingly enough none of the cookbooks had any edits in Child’s hand to the recipes.

Here is a video tour of the kitchen:

Bon Appétit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian

This post first appeared on Book Patrol in June, 2011