Art & Curiosity Cabinets: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives

October 4, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm


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2 pm | Gallery Talk
2:30-3 pm | Gallery Viewing & Public Reception
3-4 pm | Introduction to Cabinets of Art & Curiosity with Mark Meadow
5:15-5:30 pm | Panel Discussion

Art & Curiosity Cabinets from the 16th and 17th centuries are reflections of their society and culture, inspiring us to think about how objects are displayed in light of our human curiosity and understanding.

This program begins with a gallery talk by MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion, whose work questions conventional systems of arrangement in both art and science museums. Mark Meadow, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then introduce audiences to the traditional European phenomenon of Art & Curiosity Cabinets as precursors to the modern museum. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about ideas behind categorizing, museum display and the underlying impulse of curiosity.

Panelists include:
Mark Dion, MATRIX 173 artist
Bruce Robertson, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Janet Browne, Department Chair and Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

This program is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and further supported by the Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum.