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The largest and most enticing work in the Wunderkammer exhibition is Studio of an Old Man by Dan Estabrook. The captivating piece draws the viewer into a mysterious and open studio space. The studio depicted reminisces upon early photography studios - closed off from all light, filled with props and backgrounds, and designed to give you a personalized piece of the most advanced and exciting technology of the time - a daguerreotype portrait. The only thing missing from Estabrook’s studio is a head brace to ensure a high quality portrait by mitigating even the most subtle and unnoticed tremors. Estabrook examines what makes photography art, self reflection, and photography’s history with artifice within Studio of an Old Man.
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Throughout his artistic process, Jibade-Khalil Huffman savors the unknown. In his artist talk with the Halsey Institute, Huffman reveals how his process relies greatly on the evolution of the unknown and its the gradual discovery. Commissioned by the Halsey, Huffman’s latest installation, You Are Here, is informed by the world around him and reflects an appreciation for uncertainty and the fluidity of perspective and control.
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Dan Estabrook’s The Thief

Mon Jun 14, 2021
We do not often see original forms of photography still being used by modern day artists, and I believe that is part of what makes the works by Dan Estabrook stand out so greatly. His art focuses primarily on the relationship between image and object, and by using photography methods such as tintypes and salt prints, there is also a focus on the relationship between past and present.
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What are wunderkammers?

Sat Jun 12, 2021
Wunderkammers, by definition, are “a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited,” also known as “wonder chamber” or “cabinet of curiosity” (Oxford Dictionary). The term is German, and in simple words, refers to a collection of various objects and rarities, often including things from historical relics and scientific items to handmade art. A wunderkammer can be a variety of things- such as a highly decorated bookshelf to an entire room dedicated to the display of paintings and sculptures.
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Dan Estabrook never intended on becoming a photographer. This is surprising, of course, because Estabrook’s exhibition, Wunderkammer, and his artist talk with the Halsey Institute are centered around his works as a photographer. As a young art student, Estabrook was passionate about painting, drawing, and sculpture — photography was reserved for taking pictures of skateboarding. Estabrooks’s first brushes with photography were for a collaborative skate zine called Contort, where he was able to play with graphic design and learn how to shoot and print photos. However, art and photography remained separated in his mind. Young Estabrook hardly even considered photography to be art.
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During Young Contemporaries 2021, Halsey Institute interns interviewed students in Young Contemporaries and the Salon des Refusés. Here, Emma Lang interviews artist Brooke Conner.
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During Young Contemporaries 2021, Halsey Institute interns interviewed students in Young Contemporaries and the Salon des Refusés. Here, Isabel Prioleau interviews artist Audrey Robinovitz.
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We asked our spring 2021 intern Holland to complete one of the activities in the Writing Prompts for Visual Art packet we created to guide museum goers of all ages to engage more deeply with works of visual art. Holland chose to create a haiku about Ivy Brandon's two photographs, Untitled, 2020, and Untitled, 2020.
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We asked our spring 2021 intern Holland to complete one of the activities in the Writing Prompts for Visual Art packet we created to guide museum goers of all ages to engage more deeply with works of visual art. Holland chose to do the "Art Can!" page that asks viewers to find a piece of art in the exhibition that is a good representation of different principles of art and design.
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We asked our spring 2021 intern Emma to complete one of the activities in the Writing Prompts for Visual Art packet we created to guide museum goers of all ages to engage more deeply with works of visual art. Emma chose to do the Bloom's Taxonomy page using Meghan Donohue's painting "All Consuming" in Young Contemporaries 2021.
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