Public Collectors - August 2017 Newsletter:  Fresh Excavations, The 'Gram, a 'studio' visit, and a full year of Joong Boo Residencies
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For this newsletter I'm pleased to announce a new publication, a new social media presence, and the marking of the first full year of Public Collectors Joong Boo Residencies. I'd also like to take a moment to acknowledge the loss of two dear friends that have passed since the last time I wrote: Ted Purves and Kathleen Duffy. Both were great collectors of knowledge, builders of human networks, and deep lovers of art and life, who brought people and ideas together with effortless grace. Both of these beautiful human beings were taken from us by cancer, much too young, and will be remembered for their tremendous kindness and generosity.

— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

New publication: Library Excavations #6: Notice to the Trade

My publication series exploring the holdings of public library collections continues with a new issue. Library Excavations #6 shows you the ugly litigious side of the toy industry. From the back cover:

I learned about the magazine Playthings while working on Library Excavations #3, which surveys business periodicals located at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Playthings is a long-running trade magazine for the toy manufacturing and retail industry. It covers sales trends, market findings, and other matters of importance to toy makers and sellers. Playthings also regularly includes notices to the trade that highlight the darker legal corners of manufactured fun and games. This issue of Library Excavations reprints a variety of these paid notices, spanning the years 1977 through 1985. These were some of the critical toy-consuming years of my childhood. I enjoyed perusing all of the sales pitches for Six Million Dollar Man dolls, Shogun Warriors, Micronauts and other youth favorites in Playthings, but my middle-age eye is more critical and refuses to get too teary and romantic. Let’s hop on our Big Wheels and take a ride through the litigious side of the toy world. Here, every stolen idea, licensing rights violation, and overly similar detail on the body of a cuddly friend, is a hefty lawsuit just waiting to happen.

Copies are available from Half Letter Press for $6.00.

Still Available: Library Excavations #1-5

Be a Library Excavations completist! Get the first five issues and avoid having nagging holes in your archives. Note that issue #1 won't be available individually much longer. I'm not planning to reprint anything so if you want to make sure you have it all, you know what to do. Sets are available from Half Letter Press for $25.00.

Library Excavations on Instagram

The process of working on the Library Excavations booklet series generates a lot of extra material that I haven't quite known what to do with... until now. Not wanting to miss out on what the kids are doing, Public Collectors (not really a kid) has decided to create an Instagram (or "The Gram" as the youth call it). Don't worry, I will not flood your eyeballs with cats and selfies. Instead, the account will stay focused on Library Excavations findings. If you've ever wanted to haunt public libraries with me (particularly Harold Washington Library in Chicago) now you can do it from a safe distance. Visit or follow: @libraryexcavations

Interview with Inside\Within

A while back I had the pleasure of speaking with Kate Sierzputowski of the website Inside\Within. Normally Inside\Within visits artists in their studios but I'm a more of a post-studio kind of guy so I suggested we meet up at Harold Washington Library. There we talked about the projects Library Excavations (naturally), Hardcore Architecture, publishing and more. Also there are some nice photos of me holding and looking at things. Read it all here: Marc Fischer's Archived Ephemera.

The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program

July 2017 marked the end of the first full year of Joong Boo Residencies. There were 26 Joong Boo Residents in the first year. Recent residents include Alison Kuo, Andrea Steves (pictured), and Rosanne Altstatt.

I launched the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program in August 2016. The residency consists of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I also take a photo and write a little report. The Residency Program has been such a great experience and such a successful experiment that I plan to continue hosting them at the same rate of up to two per month.

The Joong Boo Residency is open to creative individuals that like Korean food and are interested in sharing lunch with me. There is no cost to be a resident. A typical Joong Boo Residency lasts about an hour. Residencies can be expanded to include additional experiences and conversation time. Shopping at Joong Boo Market (at the resident’s expense) after the completion of your Joong Boo Residency is highly encouraged.

To apply for a Joong Boo Residency, simply contact me, tell me about what you do (links to any websites would be great) and let me know the date and time that you would prefer. Note that residencies are intended for individuals and, under normal circumstances, Chicago residents are not eligible for Joong Boo Residencies.

Until next time, thank you for reading, for doing what you do, and for supporting this work with your attention.
— Marc / Public Collectors

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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