Please join esoteric publisher William Kiesel for coffee and a presentation on wunderkammen and alchemy in the appropriately wonderful and odd surroundings of Ancient Grounds Cafe and art gallery.
The Curiosity Cabinet was the forerunner of the contemporary museum. But before public museums existed worldly collections took the form of the Kunstkammern, or art cabinet that was often the privilege of royalty alone. During the Renaissance such collections were filled with natuaralia, artificialia, scientific devices and other art treasures.
William Kiesel will give a brief visual presentation
displaying some early examples of Curiosity Cabinets and their
collectors as well as discuss the similarities they share with
alchemical laboratories. The slide presentation will take place in one
of Seattle's finest Curiosity Cabinets; Ancient Grounds, where many
wonderful objects from around the world, including tribal art, mineral
specimens, Japanese and Native American masks, totem poles, intricate
architectural carvings, kimonos, articulated skeletons, headdresses and
other displays may be viewed while sipping an excellent espresso or
other beverage before during and after the talk.
William J. Kiesel is the publisher and creative director of Ouroboros Press. The press works with contemporary scholars as well as translators to provide rare texts to the English speaking world. As a member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, William busies himself with the study of esoteric symbol systems in religion, mythology and folklore in historical and contemporary contexts. He has lectured in the United States and Europe.
DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS
Please meet at Ancient Grounds Coffee Shop: 1220 1st Avenue at or before 1pm.
There is seating room for about 80 people, any mor ethan that and it may be floor or standing room.
The presentation is free, the excellent coffee is not.
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