Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet

Modern/Contemporary Art and the Curiosity Cabinet

Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Working in Wonder, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Saturday February 5, 2010
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Beck Room, 1st floor, Walsh Library


10-10:30: Coffee

10:30: Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Seton Hall University: Welcome
10:45-11:45: Lawrence Weschler: A Natural History of  Wonder (keynote address)
11:45-12:15: Kirsten A. Hoving, Middlebury College: Thinking inside the Box: Joseph Cornell’s Cabinets of Cosmic Curiosity

12:15-1:15: Lunch

1:15-1:45: Melissa Ragain, University of Virginia: Wonder as a Way of Seeing: Gyorgy Kepes and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies
1:45-2:15: Matthew Palczynski, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Organizing the Curious Damien Hirst
2:15-2:45: Patricia Allmer, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller (artist collaborators), University of Salford (UK): Playing in the Wunderkammer

2:45-3: Short break

3-3:30: Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy Library: To Every Man his Cabinet or The Morbid Anatomy Library and Cabinet and the Revival of Cabinets of Curiosity
3:30-4: Roundtable with artists, led by Jeanne Brasile, Seton Hall University

4-5:30: Reception

RSVP (973) 762-0493 or
Directions to Seton Hall:
The keynote speech is sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. through the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History Fund. The symposium is funded by an anonymous donor.

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