The Museum of Natural History + Curiouser present

C U R I O U S . M A G I C

Two Multi-Media Performances curated by

Magic Lantern Cinema

Featuring the Museum’s vintage magic lantern slides, 16mm films, the Zeiss star projector
+ live experimental audio accompaniment
by Blevin Blectum + Alexander Dupuis

Thursday APRIL 12, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Friday APRIL 13, 2012
@ 7:30pm

Museum of Natural History's Cormack Planetarium
Roger Williams Park • Providence, Rhode Island

Shows start at 7:30pm each night
Door open at 7:00pm
Tickets on sale at the door at 7:00pm
Admission: $3
NOTE: Seating is limited to 65 per performance and will be first come, first served.

Dovetailing with the current Curiouser exhibit, the Museum of Natural History and the exhibit’s curators will partner with Magic Lantern Cinema to stage two multi-media performances based around the Museum’s extensive collection of antique glass magic lantern slides. Utilizing a technology invented in the 1650s, glass lantern slides were highly popular in the late 19th century, offering Victorians vicarious, often romanticized, views of the world beyond their door. The Museum’s collection, which dates back to the late 1900s, includes over 4,800 slides covering subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology as well as historic images of Roger Williams Park. Curious Magic’s screening events will mark its first time on exhibit in nearly half a century.
Museum of Natural History
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI

Telephone: 401-785-9457 x 221


Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice.…
Alice’s exclamation at Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland offers a compelling reflection of the Victorian obsession with the natural world. As science, trade and travel entered a new era, the old frontiers rolled back to reveal a fantastic array of animal, mineral and vegetable marvels from far‐flung lands. The era’s enthusiasm for this wide new world was not just academic: everyday people got in on the natural history natural history was its own sort of pop culture.

Curiouser was conceived and curated by Erik Carlson and Erica Carpenter, and will be on display from November 12, 2011 through September 2012

Curious Magic is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies at Brown University.

LINK to the CURIOUSER Exhibit > > >

LINK to Magic Lantern's website > > >

LINK to Blevin Blectum's website > > >

LINK to Alexander Dupuis's website > > >

POSTER DESIGN by Jay Zehngebot (with Gaby Garza) > > >