“Cabinets of Curiosities”: post-show discussion

FEED’s post-show mainstage conversations wrapped up for the season with an insightful discussion of “wonder cabinets”, museums and how these things relate to Cynthia Hopkins’ The Truth: A Tragedy. Click here to listen to this extraordinary conversation.

(Panelists in photo left to right: Cynthia Hopkins, D.Graham Burnett, Lawrence Weschler, Dave Herman)


D. GRAHAM BURNETT (moderator) is an editor at Cabinet magazine, in Brooklyn, and a member of the faculty at Princeton University. He studies the relationship between power and knowledge, and writes on human beings’ changing understanding of the natural world. Burnett was a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science, and he is the author of four books, including Descartes and the Hyperbolic Quest (2005) and Trying Leviathan (2007), which won the New York City Book Award. He is currently a Mellon Foundation “New Directions” Fellow working on a year-long initiative to develop new and creative links between scholarship, artistic practice, and the sciences.
More at: http://www.princeton.edu/history/people/display_person.xml?netid=dburnett

1998 – Graduated with a BFA from University of Florida
1998 – Moved to New York and began graduate study at School of Visual Arts
1999 – Studying to become a NYC Sightseeing guide while enrolled at SVA, making money and learning the city
as a bicycle messenger
and offering unofficial tours via pedi-cab throughout Manhattan
2000 – Received NYC Sightseeing Guide’s License and began working on Grayline double-decker buses
2000 – Received MFA from School of Visual Arts, NY
2001 – Visiting Artist and sculpture professor at the University of Florida
2002 – Founded the City Reliquary as a sidewalk window display
2003 – The City Reliquary had formed a Board of Directors which began organizing community events in WIlliamsburgh and pursuing non-profit status.
2004 – Traveled cross country as a truck driving art-handler visiting small museums “just slightly” off route
2006 – April 1st, the new City Reliquary Museum “For-the-People, Not-for-Profit” was opened in an old bodega storefront two blocks from its original location.
2006 – April 11th, sworn in as a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department (aka; FDNY)
2006 – July, assigned to Ladder 104 serving Williamsburgh’s Southside (making them the first responders to the
City Reliquary Museum)
2008 – September 14th, married in a small boat on Prospect Park Lake to Shannon Marie Zeug
2008 – Ordained as an official New York City Wedding Officiant and performed first ceremony for friends Bill
Scanga and Sarah Frank on a boat between the
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
2008 – October 6th, became a father to the most amazing girl ever, Rosie Lucille Herman
2010 – Springtime, opened a fire hydrant for daughter Rosie and her best friend Gus to play in for their first time
2010 – May 18th, re-elected president of the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization for an unprecedented fourth term

CYNTHIA HOPKINS is the recipient of the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, honoring her work as a writer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco – a collective of performing artists, designers, and musicians dedicated to creating groundbreaking original works that meld music, text, technical and theatrical design, and video with unbelievable fact and outrageous fiction (www.accinosco.com) – with whom she has created three full-length works (collectively known as The Accidental Trilogy): Accidental Nostalgia (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don’t Whip ‘Um (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). These works feature the band Gloria Deluxe (www.gloriadeluxe.com), which Ms. Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums and performed at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere.

LAWRENCE WESCHLER, a staff writer at the New Yorker for over twenty years, is the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. His “Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences” won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2007. Last year he published a pair of counterpunctal artists lives, an expanded edition of his first book on Robert Irwin, “Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees,” and “True to Life,” on David Hockney.

FEED/Soho Rep wish to thank
John A. Selzer, Prof. Christine Mills of NYU for her astute curatorial assistance, THE TRUTH: A TRAGEDY creative and production teams, Bobby McElver and our wonderful panelists.

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