Visitors to the recent CMA exhibition DIY: Photographers and Books (August- December 2012) organized by Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum might remember a coming across a box housing 50 booklets revealing family portraits, documents, and other materials relating to the family of the artist, T.R. Ericsson. This is actually Volume 2 of Ericsson’s ongoing series, Crackle & Drag.
As one of the world's most widely read poems, C. Clement Moore’s "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (1822) has strongly influenced society's conception of Santa Claus, drastically transforming America’s perception of St. Nicholas over the past two centuries. Before the poem’s publication, St. Nicholas was portrayed as a lanky, stern bishop who visited children to dispense both gifts and discipline. Arthur Rackham's 1931 illustrated version, "The Night Before Christmas" recast St. Nicholas into a cheerful, rosy-cheeked elf and established Christmas as a time for giving gifts to children.
Anyone familiar with art of the Victorian era will know the name of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882), English poet, illustrator, painter and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Anyone who is familiar with the Ingalls Library will know that we are in the process of bringing 100,000+ books out of storage and reintegrating them into our stacks. With each box we open we find old friends that we have not seen for 5 years!
Christo (b.1935) generously donated to the Ingalls Library a copy of this monumental work celebrating the 75th birthdays of both he and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009); they shared the same birthday -- June 13, 1935. Like much of the artists' works, the book is over-sized and wrapped in burlap.