Opening reception for Zoe Beloff's "Four Hysterical Dramas" at The Great Coney Island Spectacularium
Date: This Friday, July 22nd
Time: 7-10 PM
Where: The Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue
This Friday, Morbid Anatomy and The Great Coney Island Spectacularium cordially invite you to an opening reception to celebrate the launch of our short-term exhibition of Zoe Beloff's installation "Four Hysterical Dramas" This exhibition will be on view at The Spectacularium from July 22nd until August 20th.
More on the exhibition following; hope to see you there!
Four Hysterical DramasYou can find out more about the event here and more about Zoe and her work here.
Beloff will present four miniature theaters housing depictions of actual hysterics filmed by doctors in Belgium, Romania, and the United States. Updating a Victorian stage trick called "Pepper's Ghost", Beloff has transformed these patients into ghostly figures performing an endless loop of madness within the space of each diorama. Beloff was inspired by several remarkable developments at the end of the 19th century: the discovery of the unconscious by psychotherapists, doctors' emerging practice of filming their hysterical patients with motion picture cameras, and the public's fascination with madness which manifested itself in the emotive, hysterical behavior of actors in Parisian cabarets.