The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU will host “Springtime Wonder Cabinet, Curated by Lawrence Weschler,” a day-long series of presentations, films, and performances, on Saturday, April 16, 10:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at NYU’s 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, D, F (West 4th Street); 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street-NYU).
The New York Institute for the Humanities will delve back into the roots of the modern humanities in the 16th century’s Age of Marvels, when the sorts of disciplines that would eventually separate out into distinct Arts and the Sciences, as currently understood, still comingled promiscuously. Institute Director Lawrence Weschler, author of the Pulitzer-nominated Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders, among other works, posits that with the expansion of the Web, the Net, and other technologies, our current era is witnessing a similarly happy debauch of interpenetrating categories, a time when scientists and artists, fictioniaros and filmmakers, and musicians and digital innovators all have a whole lot to say to each other.
Speakers and performers include: novelist and fabulist Barbara Hodgson (The Sensualist, The Tattooed Map, The Lives of Shadows); Chandler Burr, the New York Times’ first ever perfume critic and founding director of the Center of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design; Cellist Erik Friedlander; and Margaret Livingstone, Harvard Professor of Neurobiology and author of Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
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The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University 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 City--and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises over 220 fellows. Throughout the year, the NYIH organizes numerous public events, including conferences, symposia, readings, and performances. For further information, please visit http://NYiHumanities.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.2101.
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.