Jacquard tapestry, 62 x 158 in.
Donald Farnsworth's Antiquarian Library Triptych, a trompe-l'oeil tapestry edition pictured above, is included in "Wondrous Strange: A Twenty-first Century Cabinet of Curiosities," an upcoming exhibition at the SFMOMA Artist's Gallery.
"Wondrous Strange" takes its inspiration from the sixteenth century's cabinets of curiosities. These precursors to today's museums were encyclopedic collections of specimens from the natural world as well as man-made artifacts; they served as educational resources for artists and natural philosophers of the early modern period in western Europe.
The exhibition explores themes such as evolutionary biology and history, progress and decadence, and the carnal and the intellectual. The artists involved adopt a range of styles that pre-date twentieth-century modernism and mine the early modern period for sources of wonder.
(text above courtesy of SFMOMA website)
SFMOMA Artist's Gallery at Fort Mason
July 22 - August 28, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Closing event in honor of Goethe's birthday
August 28, 2010
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.