Special Lecture: HOLOPHUSICON, The Levarian Museum
Adrienne Kaeppler will present research based on her recent publication, Holophusicon, The Levarian Museum: An Eighteenth-Century English Institution of Science, Curiosity, and Art. The Holophusicon ("embracing all of nature") or Leverian Museum was the world's first popular museum of science, curiosity, and art going back to 1771. Its contents included the largest collection of Captain Cook-voyage specimens and objects ever exhibited in one place. After occupying a beautiful mansion in Leicester Square, London, the collection was put up for lottery and in 1806, the contents were sold at auction in some 7000 lots, bought by more than 140 purchasers. This lecture tells the remarkable story of this extraordinary collection, as it follows these important objects through numerous hands to public and private collections around the world.
Adrienne Kaeppler was a former research anthropologist at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. A recipient of the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Medal given by the King of Tonga for contributions to Tongan culture, she has written, edited and co-edited over two hundred articles and books focusing on the cultures of the Pacific and the interrelationships between social structure and the arts, especially dance, music, and the visual arts.
Location: TBD (location will be announced on the museum’s Web site and Facebook page: www.facebook/iuartmuseum)
Reception and book signing to follow at the IU Art Museum