Today, I took new board members on a tour of GMD's McNeal Hall facilities, including the gallery, collection store rooms, research center, and work space. We did not tour the catalog inventory room. This small space contains boxes of publications that were developed for previous exhibitions and for which we still have a number of each, unsold. Occasionally, we get requests to purchase some of these items, but most of them have been sitting in storage for some time.
In contrast, the catalog for "Beyond Peacocks and Paisleys" is GMD's first print-on-demand production. The process is very similar to a standard print prep, but the lack of inventory enables a person or organization to put together a very professional publication with little to no print costs. As a result, the donations that were raised for this project went to beautiful photographs of about half of the exhibition. Evan Baden, the photographer working on the digital collections database, produced wonderful photographs that captured the fine details of the textiles and conveyed to a reader the excitement of these items. Hazel Lutz, one of the exhibition's co-curators wrote the essay and Anna Carlson, the other co-curator, developed the thematic descriptions.
Take a look at this and see how this sustainable process resulted in a valid record of this exhibition. The catalog can be found on GMD's website here: http://goldstein.design.umn.edu/visit/store/