Cabinet of CuriositiesThe Cabinet of Curiosities is a whimsical exhibition showcasing the talents of various artists in a collaborative installation reveling unique stories, ephemera and radiant displays. The juxtaposition of disparate objects is sure to delight the historian, tinkerer, and armchair scientist. Among the many oddities, you will see Lewis Carroll’s “Imaginary Cabinet Room” by Lonnie Hanzon, Nick Bantock’s “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man”, and Elaine Pellham’s “Fisher King’s Tackle Box”.
Original cabinets dated from the 16th century and were entire rooms of specimens. The most famous, best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class, and early practitioners of science formed collections that were the precursors to the museum. In Cabinet of Curiosities, MOA seeks to recreate the wonder and contemplation once aroused in the 19th century cabinets.