Friday Postcards from Radcliffe Bailey at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

 In Museums

It’s kind of funny when your old life catches up with your new life. Before I had my boys I worked as a production manager at an art book design firm. I continued working there through my pregnancy with my oldest son Dek and even for the first couple of years of his life. Thanks to this job I got to go to Singapore twice and I took my family to China twice to be with me on press so I could monitor the color being printed on the pages. You see, artists and museums like their books to reflect the artwork on the wall as accurately as possible. It is not easy, and it is better to have a 3rd party (like me or a museum/artist representative) on hand so it isn’t always up to the printer to decide what is correct.


Fast forward at least four years later and I found myself face to face with one of the last books I was ever on press with in China. I was touring the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans while in town for the grand opening of the Le Meridien New Orleans. They were putting up their two new exhibits- one highlighting Carnival around the world, and the other showing off the work of Radcliffe Bailey. I was talking to the director of the museum and glanced down at a book she had brought in with her. It was my book! I helped to get the original exhibition book, which was created by the High Museum in Atlanta, printed and delivered. I saw the pages of that book coming off of the printing press in Shenzhen, China. My old life was staring at my new life. It was a surreal, yet magical moment.

 I’ve come across the books I’ve helped to produce before, but this was a little different. I was actually seeing the work of the artist in a book I had worked on. If I had just been in town one more day I could have actually met the artist himself. Fate did not have our worlds collide, instead I was back on a plane heading home, but one day I have a feeling I’ll get my perfect trifecta of book, artist and me all in the same place at the same time. I wonder how I’ll react?

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  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    I don’t know how many times I looked at that photo before I noticed the head in the pile. How serendipitous that you came across a book that you had worked on. Did being so familiar with the artist’s work influence how you photographed the pieces in the museum?

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