Voluminous Art


rob sidnerThe Mingei in Balboa Park often holds educator’s preview nights. These happen before the show opens to the public and usually the curator of the exhibition speaks.


The newest exhibition which opened today is a really cool exhibit that brought in books from the collections of our local Universities: UCSD, SDSU, and USD. It is really an eclectic collection of beautiful books.


The curator for the exhibition is Rob Sidner. Rob is the Executive Director and CEO of the Mingei and an absolute treasure trove of knowledge. His passion for what he does is so evident when he speaks.  This evening for educators was no exception.


He talked about how they decided to bring the books to the Mingei and said that the privilege of a curator is they often get to choose what they like. He talked about how he spent an entire afternoon with the Nuremburg Chronicle, because well, he just had to.

moveable bookspelling-book.jpg

The books on display span from the 1200’s with a spelling book, a 1400’s Geometry book by Euclid of Alexandria,  to modern art books such as Directions of the Road and Hanging Laundry.

There are also classics like Moby Dick and Leaves of Grass as well as The 500 hats of Batholomew Cubbins including an illustration by Theodore Geissel.

500 hats

Perhaps my personal favorite was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham with an intro by AA Milne and illustrations by Arthur Rackham. A treasure to have that trio contributing in one book! My father read it to me as a little girl complete with different voices for each character so it holds a special place in my heart.

wind in the willows

If you get a chance, go and see this exhibition and then try to make your own book at home as we teachers did after the preview. Rod says they will be turning pages once a month on many of these books so you might want to go monthly until it closes on September 3, 2018.

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