‘Mirabilia: A Cabinet of Curiosities’ By Mitch Eckert

Let’s travel back to 16th century Germany when the wunderkammer (chamber of wonders) first appeared. These personal mini-museums were popular with aristocratic collectors as a way to display their favorite curiosities, art and found objects in one location, be it in a cabinet or room. The idea of a cabinet of curiosities still has a hold on us today, proven in this solo exhibition by UofL Associate Professor Mitch Eckert. His photographs of one in Kosciusko County, Indiana, reveal Egyptian artifacts, Crimean cannon balls and “mermaid tails.” It is indeed a chamber of wonders even in the modern age. Reservations are required.

Through March 5

Cressman Center for Visual Arts
Free
100 E. Main St.
louisville.edu/art

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‘Mirabilia: A Cabinet of Curiosities’ By Mitch Eckert

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

 

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