"What’s evident from the photographs is that books, which are a medium meant to be read, are not meant to be read in these cases, and in the rare moments when we glimpse text, it’s not necessarily part of the intention of the photograph. Which raises an interesting question: Is a book something more than just the text it contains?"
Attention Boston radio lovers! Tune in to WBZ 1030AM on Sunday morning for Jordan Rich's "New England Weekend" segment to hear gallery director Kat Kiernan talk about our current exhibition "Bibliophile."
"From the first crisp crack of a textbook’s spine to the faintly mildewed scent of a beloved, dog-eared novel, paper publications conjure a sensory avalanche. Panopticon Gallery induces a wave of sensations in Bibliophile, a group show with images ranging from historic photographs of Boston’s literary repositories to modern abstractions of line and form…”
“Included among the contemporary images of books are Thomas Marr’s historic photographs of Boston’s buildings that house them. In his photographs of the Boston Athenæum at the turn of the last century, Marr shows us the stacks and reading rooms of one of the country’s oldest private libraries. ”