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Reich, Jessie; [Tubman, Harriet]
They Called Her Moses
Punky Press, Aurora, New York, 2013. Signed limited edition artist's book, number 17 of 20 copies, exploring Harriet Tubman's presence (or absence) in the public spaces of Auburn, New York, where she spent the last fifty years of her life. Book artist Jessie Reich, a native of Auburn, sets out to build the monument to Tubman the town had not yet constructed: "She is celebrated nationally and even globally, and yet in Auburn, she is practically ignored." The book juxtaposes stark winter views of modern-day Auburn, including the local school district's Harriet Tubman Administration Building ("located on a dead-end street, it is a building that no youth of Auburn ever sees") and Freedom Park ("a dirty, empty plaza"), with inspirational quotations about Tubman's legacy: "When we're all gone, and they're all gone, Harriet Tubman is still going to be here." The drum-leaf binding creates pockets in which alternate prints of the Auburn locations are housed: these five images can be removed and displayed. In the years since Reich's book appeared, Auburn has done much more to recognize Tubman: her statue now stands in the center of town, along with a new Equal Rights Heritage Center, and her historic home has been made into a National Park. OCLC locates six institutional holdings: NYPL, Syracuse, Yale, Wesleyan, Smith, and Duke. A fine copy of an ambitious artist's book. Single volume, measuring 9.25 x 8 inches. Grey woven cloth boards, letterpress and screenprinted label to front board, grey endpapers. Sixteen leaves, letterpress and screenprinted in shades of grey, attached at edge … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA [Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.]

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