Last evening a number of VIP guests were given “after hours” access to the Wolfsonian’s galleries and rare books library. Museum founder Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., director Cathy Leff, curator Marianne Lamonaca, and I were all on hand to greet the visitors and provide them with a guided tour through the museum.

The diverse group had very different interests, but the library is capable of providing something for nearly anyone’s taste. And so the visitors were able to see rare books and other small print format materials covering such diverse themes as: pharmaceutical paraphernalia; circuses; garden and landscape portfolios; architectural masterworks; modern furniture catalogs; and illustrated Russian and Soviet era books. There was not much I could do to string the hodge-podge menagerie together with anything other than “and now for something completely different,” but the visitors did not seem to mind.

And so I thought that my virtual visitors might like to share in the “behind the scenes” tour with a glimpse of some of the varied items included in our diverse holdings.

~ by "The Chief" on January 30, 2010.

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