"Reading Craft: Understanding History Through Reproduction"
Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Boston Athenæum, Members $15 and Visitors $20
A panel discussion moderated by NBSS President Emeritus Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF '99, featuring:
- Brent Budsberg
- Ellen Kaspern CF '03, alumna and Continuing Education instructor
- Jeff Altepeter BB '99, Bookbinding Department Head
Panelists from Current Projects and North Bennet Street School-representing the worlds of traditional woodworking and craft bookbinding-explore the significance of their work for the Required Reading exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase; a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century "bookpress;" and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King's Chapel Library.
By reproducing historic objects, we reach a level of intimate dialogue between past and present difficult to achieve through other means. What new questions emerge when we move beyond merely examining a piece to actively remaking it? How does the process of reproducing an object serve as a form of research, lending insight into past practices, tools, materials-and even the object's social functions?