Extraordinary Exhibitions: The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, The Whimsiphusicon & Death to the Savage Unitarians (Broadsides from the Collection of Ricky Jay)

Extraordinary Exhibitions: The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, The Whimsiphusicon & Death to the Savage Unitarians (Broadsides from the Collection of Ricky Jay)

by Ricky Jay
     
 

An informal history of sensational, scientific, silly,
satisfying, and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth,
and nineteenth-century broadsides from Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection.
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An informal history of sensational, scientific, silly,
satisfying, and startling attractions based on seventeenth, eighteenth,
and nineteenth-century broadsides from Ricky Jay's extraordinary collection.

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Publishers Weekly
This oversize, richly illustrated and well-annotated book could emerge from none other than Jay-showman, card shark, actor, curator and wondrously quirky cultural presence. The author of Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women likes to collect showbills, those exuberant advertisements for singular, often questionable entertainers, and the ones presented here-in Italian, French, German and English-vividly depict the sideshow mentality with idiosyncratic graphics and "florid, orotund language." The collection parallels Jay's interest in both deception and unusual acts, beginning with the "Learned Horse" in Milan, circa 1618, which collected money and fetched wine, and ending with Cinquevalli, "King of the Jugglers," who dazzled 1898 Birkenhead, England, with his skill manipulating cannonballs and pool balls. In between,readers meet "the greatest German living," a 29-inch wonder; the equestrian apiarist who wore a "bee blindfold"; the now-notorious "Hottentot Venus"; the "giant Hungarian schoolboy" and many others. Jay's collection was first exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. As the center's chief curator says, the pieces stand up both as "historically worthy art and little time bombs of insight." Oh, and that Whimsiphusicon? It's a "theatrical neologism used to entice, or more likely confuse, the public." Indeed. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593720124
Publisher:
Quantuck Lane Press
Publication date:
05/06/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 13.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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