Wednesday, October 16
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
American Philosophical Society Museum
104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia
Last July, the Secret Cinema showed films about plants, flowers and agriculture at the American Philosophical Society Museum. This month we’ll return there, to present a second and final screening celebrating the Museum’s current exhibition, featuring unusual films that explore optics and photography. That’s fitting, as the exhibition, THROUGH THE LOOKING LENS: CORNELIUS VARLEY’S WONDROUS IMAGES OF ART AND SCIENCE, 1800-1860 documents the nexus of Varley’s interest in these two areas. On display, for the first time, are his beautiful, innovative watercolor illustrations of flora, as well as the optical devices he invented to see and reproduce their hidden worlds.
On Wednesday, October 16 we will present LURED BY LENSES: SHORT FILMS FROM THE SECRET CINEMA ARCHIVE. This unique program will include a careful selection of rare and vintage (from the 1920s through the 1960s) educational films, promotional sales films, rare documentaries, and even a silent slapstick comedy that focus on telescopes, cameras, and other optical devices.