Butch Anthony is a multi-faceted self-taught artist from Alabama. At fourteen he was building birdhouses and stuffing his own taxidermy. His first building, a little log cabin on his grandfather’s farm, would eventually become his shop. He has spent decades building the Museum of Wonder, a walk-through cabinet of curiosities. Started in the 1970s as Butch’s taxidermy shop and artifact room, the Museum of Wonder is now filled with art, artifacts, and antiques including the world’s largest gallstone. Butch also hosts the Possum Trot Auction, a weekly junk and art auction on his 80-acre parcel of land in Seale, Alabama. He has also built the Museum of Wonder Drive-Thru, the first drive-through art and antiques gallery. In addition to making and selling art, building bizarre roadside attractions, and collecting found objects to incorporate into his own artwork, Butch contributes to Auburn University’s Rural Studio design + build program.
Learn more at http://www.museumofwonder.com/
The Halsey Institute commissioned a short film on the work of Butch Anthony on the occasion of his exhibition Inside/Out, on view January 17 – February 29, 2020.
Executive producer: Mark Sloan
Music composed and performed by Jake Xerxes Fussell
Director: Dave Brown
Producer: Tim McManus
Animators: Dave Brown, Andrew Campbell
Graphic artist: Joe Fusco