Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Potter & Potter’s automata auction - August 24, 2019

Potter & Potter Auctions will be auctioning more than 150 vintage and modern automata, marionettes, wind-up toys, and other figures dating back to 1860. The video shown here covers this amazing collection.

Here is a link to a great article about the sale by the Chicago Reader.

Here is a link to more information about the Potter & Potter automata sale.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Second AutomataCon at the Morris Museum, May 18th-20th, 2018

The next AutomataCon is almost here!

Following up on the successful first event held in 2016, AutomataCon returns to Morristown, New Jersey May 18th–20th, 2018. AutomataCon is a convention of and for artists, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of automata and related kinetic art. It is a three-day event being held at and in conjunction with the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. The video above shows footage from the event in 2016.

This 2018 event will be somewhat larger in size and scope than the previous event. The Morris Museum will be showing a special exhibition in their large main gallery entitled Curious Characters: a cache of kinetic & interactive art, featuring the work of many talented contemporary artists. As such, the event will celebrate the affinity between historical automata and present-day kinetic art with programs that are for and by enthusiasts of every stripe.

Considering the venue, programs, and the list of attendees, this is certain to be an incredible event!

More information can be found on the website:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Curious Characters Exhibit at the Morris Museum, March 16, 2018 – June 20, 2018

The Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey is about to open the first in a series of exhibits that will span four years. The series is titled A Cache of Kinetic Art and will feature the work of present-day artists, who use both traditional and contemporary media for their kinetic art creations. A sample of the art in the first part of the exhibition, titled Curious Characters, is shown in the video above.

From the Morris Museum website:

Drawing parallels of innovative engineering, design and imagination, and bridging the gap between vintage and contemporary kinetic art, Curious Characters make connections between the technological ingenuity and talent of 19th-century automata makers and artistic individuals of kinetic and interactive figures, inspiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of this unique art form.

The Curious Characters exhibit will run from March 16, 2018 to June 20, 2018. You can learn more about the Curious Characters exhibition on the Morris Museum website.

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