As if we needed a reason to justify a road trip to NYC. But this is a good one.
The Jewish Museum in October will unveil a new exhibit about renowned escape artist Harry Houdini. Entitled “Houdini: Art and Magic,” the exhibit will feature magic apparatus, a recreation of the famous Water Torture Cell, two of Houdini’s private diaries, historic photographs, art nouveau-era posters and recent works of art inspired by the famous magician.
According to a press release sent to us by the museum, the exhibit will travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Madison, Wisc. after its NYC run. It focuses not only on Houdini’s career, but also how it inspired other artists:
“…The exhibition examines how the magician has served as an inspiration for a significant number of artists. Their works, including video, photographs, drawings, installation, sculpture, paintings, and conceptual works, cite different aspects of the Houdini legend: his straitjacket, handcuff and jail escapes; his metamorphosis and illusionist effects; his magic props and techniques; his physical endurance and masculine prowess; and the fables about his sudden death.”
The exhibit opens Oct. 29 at the museum — two days before the 84th anniversary of his death in 1926.