In The Show 1,2,3,4, I gave some perspective on photographic prints I was donating to the Martha's Vineyard Museum from a one-man exhibition I'd had on the island in 1995.
In this, the addendum, I'll share with you the handing over of the 21 prints to the Museum.
On a bright, sunny, and very windy day in early October 2020 my daughter Maru and I arrived at the scheduled time, prints in hand, and masks on. As it turns out the Museum is open but restricting the number of visitors.
Photos are by Maru:
We put the two portfolios out on white tables and went through the prints one by one with Bonnie Stacy, the Museum's curator.
Taking masks off for a second, we held one up I took of Keith's Field in 1993.
We then went upstairs to the library for me to sign a donor's form.
This gave me a chance to ask some questions of Bonnie: how the prints would be stored, whether they would show them, and so on. She showed us a couple of galleries that would be suitable for my work and said they were considering some ideas about putting them on display.
I then signed the "Deed of Gift "form ceding the prints to the Museum, giving permission to use them in any way they wished, including selling them, but I retain the copyright. This simply means that while they now owned the original prints from the show 25 years ago I retained the rights to use and own the imagery.
Then we left. Thanks to Maru for her help throughout this project
So that's the end of the story of donating prints I made 25 years ago to a museum on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
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