Get thee to the Folger…

There’s only a week or so left on the Folger Shakespeare Library’s exhibition, “The Curatorial Eye,” which is billed as “discoveries from the Folger vault.” But it’s worth making an effort to get there. It’s a potpourri show, with various curators and specialists from the Folger highlighting curiosities they’ve uncovered. That might lead to a diffuse show but, as I argue in a review of the exhibition, just the opposite results:

Passion, it turns out, matters in the museum world. And a show that follows the curiosity and passion of the people most knowledgeable about the museum’s holdings turns out to be consistently fascinating. It might even be seen as a show about a question fundamental to the long-term purpose and the daily work of every important library in the world: What is interesting?

To read more about swimming manuals, magic books, censor’s notes and lost-and-found 7th century manuscripts.

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