Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lending A Hand



This Sunday afternoon, I will be joining my friends at the Coney Island Museum's final day of the Congress of Curious Peoples. Below is Sunday's schedule:

**SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH**
SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE, 1PM - 8PM (Last Ticket sold at 7pm), CONTINUOUS ADMISSION - $10 AT THE DOOR
Alumni Weekend You’ve seen them before! And you thought they were gone forever! But they’re back and you’re glad. This is your chance to see your favorite artists at work and at play, doing what they do best. Featuring performances by The Great Fredini, (1990-1995) ;performing sword swallowing, human blockhead, master of magic, and the whoopee cushion pitch; Christine Hellish (1992-1994) fire eater; Princess Pat (2000-2001) madame twisto; Satina (1987-1990) snake charmer; and Eak the Geek (1998-2006) illustrated man and bed of nails.

Colonnade of Curiosities in the Freak Bar, 1PM - 8PM, FREE. This year’s Congress will feature, for the first time, a bevy of odd and attractive objects to entice your wallet! We’ve scoured the earth for strange and unusual vendors and purveyors of goods that you, our audience, would like to buy! Come by and take advantage of this amazing gathering of talented and interesting entrepreneurs. Books by James Taylor (of Shocked and Amazed! fame), Paper items by Lisa Wood, Terraria by Twig, amazing objects by Lucien Shapiro, Huckster Fabrications, the Gemini Company, and more!

CONEY ISLAND MUSEUM, 10AM - 5:30PM - $25 at the door.
10:00 – 12:00: The Fairground and The Museum: Human Anatomy on Display
Lisa Farrington, author of “Creating Their Own image: the History of African-American Women Artists”
Anna Maerker, author of “Model Experts: Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775-1815”
Mike Sappol, author of “A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America”
Elizabeth Stephens, “Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present”
Moderated and introduced by John Troyer, author of “Technologies of the Human Corpse” (Forthcoming)

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 3:00: The 19th Century Dime Museum in the Contemporary Imagination
Will Baker, author of “Multiple Meanings and Values in Johnny Fox’s Freakatorium”
Aaron Beebe, The Coney Island Museum
D. B. Denholtz, editor of “Shocked and Amazed: On & Off the Midway”
Evan Michelson, Obscura Antiques and star of TV’s “Oddities”
Mike Zohn, Obscura Antiques and star of TV’s “Oddities”
Moderated and introduced by Andrea Dennett, author of “Weird and Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America”

3:30 – 5:30: Science and Technology for Public Amusement
Laurel Braitman, author of “Animal Madness” (forthcoming)
Fred Nadis, author of “Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America”
Simon Werrett, author of “Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History”
Moderated by Lord Whimsy/Allen Crawford, author of “The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One”

This event was made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

All events made possible, in part, by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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