Detroit Institute of Arts Lecture Hall
Mindell Dubansky is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has worked as a conservator and Preservation Librarian for over 30 years, She is also a collector and is a long-time member of the Grolier Club. Dubansky has written extensively on the book arts, particularly in the areas of 19th century publisher’s bindings, hand papermaking, bookbinding and of course, the subject of this presentation, the history of book-shaped objects, or what she calls "blooks"
Blook-objects have a prominent place in this reinvention of the role of the book. All over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been making, collecting and presenting book-objects that reflect their devotion and respect for books and for each other. They have been treasured and passed down through the generations, and many thousands reside in private homes, public museums and libraries around the world. Blooks have been used to celebrate and memorialize important occasions and serve as reminders of memorable visits to important places, receptacles to hold valuable objects and are the source of great amusement.