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AlteredBooks3Remember when you were a kid, and you used scribble crayon all over your favorite books? Well now's your time to go with those instincts! The books you can alter are on reserve behind the circulation desk; just ask at the desk if you can borrow an altered book. There are 5 in total and you can borrow one at a time for 3 days. Alter the book and then bring it back for the next person to alter.

These books are to be changed in any way you see fit. Collage, paint, draw, print, dye, or write on them. Use the book as a medium. This project is designed to reflect Skidmore's culture here and now, so add your own perspective!

The 5 books on reserve are:

  • Gibbs, George Fort. Autumn: the Eighteen-thirties. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1931.
  • Andrews, Mary Raymond Shipman. Vive l'Empereur. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1902.
  • Wesselhoeft, Lily F. Ready the Reliable. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1906.
  • Favre, Abbé de. Beauty's Day. London: Vizetelly & Co., 1890.
  • Rawson, Hugh. A Dictionary of Euphemisms & Other Doubletalk. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1981.

Altered Books in the Library is a continuation of the work Skidmore student Caitlin Allen '12 did over the summer as part of a collaborative research grant. Professor Michelle Rhee and Allen curated a show titled Eye Rhymes in the Tang Museum for Rhee's freshman seminar Ways of Seeing.

AlteredBooksab2For examples of other altered books see:

Curator's Corner: The Sticky Topic Of Altered Books

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Altered Books

Altered Books and More at Print Studio (MoMA)




Skidmore's altered books:


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