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Exhibit in the Library cases runs from September 30 to November 1, 2013

Posted 10.01.13 by Marianne Sade

What happens when unnatural phenomena, human creativity, and showmanship merge 

Do you believe in ghosts? What about mediums, séances, the after-life? Can we believe our eyes? Is it real or smoke and mirrors? Or somewhere in-between?

See for yourself, with a look at Decker Library’s latest exhibit, featuring books and film that explore what happens when unnatural phenomena, human creativity and showmanship merge to create illusion and the art of deception.

Fascination with the paranormal through time has amped the chase to reveal fact or fraud. Mary Roach, science writer seeks the truth about the “the giddy, revolting heyday of ectoplasm” in her bestseller, Spook, a contemporary quest for proof of life after death. Other works explore Victorian spiritualism photographs, tricks of the mind and the delight of old world devices like anamorphoses, when trickery is an artistic game.

And in the spirit of the season there are cult thrillers like Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead just for the sheer fun of it all!

The exhibition features the arcane from Decker Library's circulating collection as well as from Special Collections and runs in the museum cases on both floors of the library.

Circulating materials on display in the museum cases may be put on hold at any time during the week, and are available for checkout on Friday. For books on display from Special Collections (Cage), please see a reference librarian.

Curated by Marianne L. Sade

Image information:
from The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult by Clement Cheroux (Yale, 2004) from the Decker Library collection.



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