At age 12 the escape artist and showman extraordinaire, Harry Houdini — son of a Budapest rabbi, ran away from home to join the circus. He eventually became one of the 20th century’s most famous performers captivating the world with his astonishing feats and using the power of film, photography and the mass media.
Just in time for the anniversary of his death on Halloween night 1926, New York’s Jewish Museum presents “Houdini: Art and Magic” an exhibition showcasing 163 stunning period posters, unusual theater ephemera, and dramatic historic photographs of Houdini’s performances.
These are complemented by contemporary art works by artists inspired by Houdini such as Matthew Barney and Vick Muniz, the Korean photographer Tim Lee, video artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Allen Ruppersberg, and also features pen and ink drawings by Raymond Pettibone.
To celebrate the man who could untie knots with his toes, we don’t need to attend the annual séance held in his honor at the Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, where he is buried. Instead, all we need to do is to make it uptown to the Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street.
The exhibit opens Friday — here’s a sneak preview, but like Houdini, you didn’t see it here.This Is Not A Love Song by
Public Image Ltd. (vinyl rip from the album Comercial Zone – 1983)