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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology

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A nondescript storefront operation in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Jurassic Technology actually exists — that may be the only thing about it that is for certain. The creation of David Wilson, a man of prodigiously unusual imagination, the museum is crammed full of some of the most astonishingly unbelievable marvels known to man. Visitors to the museum continually find themselves caught between wondering at the marvels of craft and nature that are on display and wondering whether any of this could possibly be true. Indeed, Wilson's true subject seems to be wonder itself, the delicious human capacity for astonishment and absorption out of which all true creativity arises. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder begins as a simple investigation of the tiny storefront in southern California and spirals out into a consideration of the origins of all modern museums in the wonder-cabinets of the sixteenth century, the generative role of pure imagination in both art and science, the mystifying bases of the authoritative in every field, and, not least, the actual existence and profound significance of human horns.

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"A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes." Kirkus Reviews

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"[L]anguage that is both whimsical, affectionate and generously laced with irony." Washington Post Book World

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"[M]iraculous...charmingly provocative book." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Rising young LA artist Ramiro Gomezandmdash;born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parentsandmdash;bridges the divide between the wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help (the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible). By inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations, Gomez provides thought-provoking social commentary on class divisions.

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In a deceptively gentle and entertaining essay, Lawrence Weschler engages with Gomez and his work, teasing out threads of meaning and feeling. Itandrsquo;s a fascinating journey for anyone troubled by questions of social equity, the chasms between cultures and classes, and the purposes and possibilities of art.

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Includes bibliographical references.

About the Author

LA-born Lawrence Weschler is the award-winning author of Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (about Robert Irwin), True to Life (about David Hockney), Mr. Wilsonandrsquo;s Cabinet of Wonders, and Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, among many others. He lives in New York City.

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lisa_emily, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
I visited the MJT during my only trip to LA. It spellbounded me, and I bought the book in hopes of continuing the delight and strangeness of the place. It is a good substitute, but not as good as the real place. Reading it, I realised that Weschler will never fully uncover the mystery of MJT, but his attempts lead him to a more provocative space. Reading this book, you start to think about some about tangential questions: how to we categorize what we think we know, and what is the basis of knowledge. If we see information institutionalized, as in a setting of a museum, isn't faith that allows us to believe that such a thing is real? MJT may approach being something like a genuis hoax, but Weschler's book is no hoax.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679764892
Author:
Weschler, Lawrence
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Scorza, Cris
Author:
Gomez, Ramiro
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Desserts
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Collectors and collecting -- History.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Museums -- Philosophy.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
museums;non-fiction;history;science;natural history;art;museum;los angeles;essays;collectors;museum studies;nature;wonder;cabinets of curiosities;california;oddities;curiosities
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 full-color illustrations
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
12 x 10 in

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Product details 128 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679764892 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes."
"Review" by , "[L]anguage that is both whimsical, affectionate and generously laced with irony."
"Review" by , "[M]iraculous...charmingly provocative book."
"Synopsis" by ,
Rising young LA artist Ramiro Gomezandmdash;born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parentsandmdash;bridges the divide between the wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help (the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible). By inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations, Gomez provides thought-provoking social commentary on class divisions.

and#160;

In a deceptively gentle and entertaining essay, Lawrence Weschler engages with Gomez and his work, teasing out threads of meaning and feeling. Itandrsquo;s a fascinating journey for anyone troubled by questions of social equity, the chasms between cultures and classes, and the purposes and possibilities of art.

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