The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU will host Halloween Wonder Cabinet, Curated by Lawrence Weschler, a day-long series of multi-media presentations on everything from the intergalactic to the molecular, on Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at NYUs Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street/between University Place and Greene Street). The event, co-sponsored with the Humanities Initiative at NYU, is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.2101 for more information. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Subways: A, C, E, B, D, F, V (West 4th Street); 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street-NYU).
Halloween Wonder Cabinet includes multi-media presentations by: Performance artist Laurie Anderson; David Wilson, founder of Los Angeles Museum of Jurassic Technology; Academy-Award-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient); documentary filmmaker and journalist Michael Benson, author of Far Out; and New York Times scent critic Chandler Burr, author of The Perfect Scent: A Year inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York, among others. For a complete schedule of events and list of speakers, please visit the website.
Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities, is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated Mr. Wilsons Cabinet of Wonder, a work of magic-realist nonfiction arising out of an investigation of the pre-modern roots of the post-modern Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, among other works.
The Humanities Initiative at NYU sponsors research, collaborative teaching, conferences, working groups, and outreach by way of fostering a university-wide community in the humanities. Launched in 2007, its mission replaces and significantly expands that of the former Humanities Council. For further information on the Humanities Initiative, please visit www.humanitiesinitiative.org or call 212.998.2190.
The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU was established in 1976 for promoting the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, politicians, diplomats, writers, journalists, musicians, painters, and other artists in New York Cityand between all of them and the city. It currently comprises 220 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous public events and symposia. For further information, please visit www.nyih.as.nyu.edu.