February’s Glass Lantern Slide Night: The Object and State of Wonder: The Stony Island Arts Bank as Wunderkammer with presenters Sharon Bautista and Caroline Grey.
We’ll introduce the concept of Wunderkammer, or a cabinet of curiosities. These cabinets, or, in some cases, whole rooms popular in the 17th century, were displays of natural and made objects collected by experts and amateurs alike. These collections, long-gone, survive only in inventories, prints, and paintings:
“a drawing in chalk of the great fair of Almachata in Arabia, which is held at night to avoid the great heat of the sun; …a dream image showing a prairie or sea meadow at the bottom of the Mediterranean, off the coast of Provence; …a seascape with floating icebergs upon which sit walruses, bears, foxes and a variety of rare fowls” – from Sir Thomas Browne’s, Musaeum Clausum, or Bibliotheca Abscondita (1684)
Using the Stony Island Arts Bank collections as a starting point, we’ll discuss the history, assemblage, and definition of wonders and curiosities.
Interested in giving your own presentation at the Arts Bank with the glass lantern slides? Please inquire about future opportunities with Rebuild’s library staff.