Victorian Virtualities — Athenaeum Salon

icebergs & aurora (6.3) Athenaeum Salon today — “‘Travel by Pictorial Means’: Victorian Virtualities of the Arctic Regions.” RIC Professor of English Russell Potter — author of Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture 1818-1875 — will illustrate some of the ways in which Victorian audiences encountered the perils of the Arctic, seeming to accompany polar explorers via a variety of visual and mechanical contrivances, among them the Panorama, the Diorama, the Moving Panorama, and the Magic Lantern.

Original engravings, handbills, and advertisements of these shows will be accompanied by images from books and lantern slides of the period, including some from the Athenaeum’s collections. The talk will conclude with a visit to one of the last, and most ambitious of polar spectacles, Carl Hagenbeck’s Eismeer- Panorama of 1896, which featured live polar bears and seals, with predator and prey separated by deep ditches hidden from the spectators.

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday, June 3, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

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