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Before Zoom: Cinema, the Zoetrope, and other Optical Devices

Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Curator

December 4, 2020 · 2:00 pm-3:00 pm · Virtual

Princeton University Library

Please join us for the latest webinar in Princeton University Library’s Special Collections Highlights Series.

Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Curator, offers a captivating tour of Princeton University Library’s collection of pre-cinema optical devices, rare artifacts designed for shared public entertainment or personal moments of wonder leading up to the invention of the motion picture.

Through a series of live webcams, we will attempt the phantasmagoria experienced in the past as we peer into 18th-century peepshows, twirl phenakistoscopes, open a gigantic megalethoscope, and crank a miniature cinematograph. Feel the sense of wonder as still images come to life, turning day to night, causing volcanoes to erupt, and conjuring faces to rise from anamorphic chaos.

Christopher Collier, Executive Director, and Jesse Crooks, Operations Director and Head Projectionist, for Renew Theaters, will share some of the history and treasures of Princeton Garden Theater.

Register here: https://libcal.princeton.edu/event/6949494

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