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Stay Awhile: A Cabinet of Curiosities from Collections of Ithaca College

Stay Awhile: A Cabinet of Curiosities from Collections of Ithaca College

November 1-December 17, 2017

Handwerker Gallery

The urge to collect specimens is shared by artists and scientists alike, allowing for the suspension of time, in turn affording controlled observation.  Kunstkammers, or ‘curiosity cabinets’, came into vogue during the 17th -19th centuries in Europe, as trade routes and evolving technologies rapidly expanded access to and interpretation of the natural world. Dazzling collections of organic specimens were preserved and put on display, presenting teetering and abundant arrangements that relished both the pursuit of logic and the chaos of the unknown. 

The Ithaca College collections have been used by thousands of students to see, hold, and wonder about both natural and man-made worlds.  Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Handwerker Gallery and the 60th anniversary of the Department of Biology, this exhibition pulls together objects and specimens from across the college into a campus curiosity cabinet.  Celebrating the tangibility and eagerness of knowledge, this project invites pause to appreciate the interplay between Ithaca College and the world that surrounds it. 




All exhibitions and events at the Handwerker Gallery are free and open to the public.  The Handwerker Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10am-6pm; Thursdays from 10am-9pm; and Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Mara Baldwin at or (607) 274-3548. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Handwerker Gallery

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School of Health Sciences and Human Performance


Art, Art History




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