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[BKARTS] Greasy Paws

I appreciate your information as despite providing gloves and placing signs 
requesting people 
PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE, they do, don't they? At presentations, as dramatically 
possible I tell my favorite horror story of personally putting on handcream 
before showing a book, and permanently fingerprinting it. There's usually   a 
wave of oohs in the audience--yet, there are still those that just pick up the 
books anyway in their greasy paws.

Now, the question is how to get everyone to wash their hands. How about those 
handcleaners with alcohol? 

A L I C E * S I M P S O N

> From:    Philip Zimmermann <pzimmermann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: Cotton gloves : an alternative.
> Amy-
> Some years ago I took one of my book classes to visit the Museum of Modern
> Art Library Annex on West 45th St. in NYC. Anne Britton was the archivist
> there at that time, and she was accessioning the large Franklin Furnace
> Archive of artists' books that MoMA had recently purchased from Martha
> Wilson.
> She was, as usual, extremely helpful in bringing out a terrific sample of
> interesting book works from the MoMA collection for my class to look at. She
> allowed all the students to handle the books. This is obviously the only way
> to really appreciate any artists' book.
> I expected her to require all the students to don the ubiquitous white
> cotton gloves which was (and is) standard procedure for viewers. Instead she
> asked that all the students go into the restroom and wash their hands well
> with soap and water. Anne explained that they had discovered that many of
> their books were being damaged by visitors when they used cotton gloves
> since it is so hard to feel and turn pages when wearing them. In many cases,
> she said, pages were getting "half-moon" kinks from people trying to
> separate the individual pages so that the next leaf could be turned.
> Obviously having visitors all go and wash their hands may not be always be
> practical, especially in a gallery setting, but I think it is worth
> reconsidering always using cotton gloves. In many cases washing hands is
> easily done, and not only is it better for the books, but it also makes
> handling artist's books a much nicer experience for the viewer.
> Philip Zimmermann

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