Museum trustee and benefactor Frances Taft recently donated seventeen world travel diaries to the museum archives. A longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a specialty in Pre-Columbian art, Taft and her husband Seth traveled extensively in South America. In addition to these photographs, her diaries include detailed descriptions of the sites and people she encountered on her trips as well as copies of her drawings.
Inspired by this donation, the library and Art Books Cleveland collaborated on the Travel Journal Project. ABC members created travel journal artist’s books. The resulting works redefine the idea of both book and memoir, proving that the journey is the destination. The exhibition is on display in the Ingalls Library through the first of November as part of Octavofest, a month long celebration of book arts held in Cleveland annually.
The Ingalls Library is proud to be among the first institutions to participate. On October 16th, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the exhibition will be installed in the North Court Lobby of the Ames Family Atrium for the evening. Artists and enthusiasts will be on hand to discuss the work. We invite you to visit the library and museum to see the travel diaries.