Just in time for trick or treat and the 84th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death, the Jewish Museum’s new exhibit Houdini: Art and Magic gets to the bottom of who this mystery magician really was and maybe even uncovers how he pulled off his amazing tricks. This traveling exhibition shows artifacts such as Houdini’s handcuffs, shackles, and straitjacket, as well as historic photographs and Art Nouveau–era posters. The show also has 26 recent works by the likes of Matthew Barney, Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, and Raymond Pettibon that were all inspired by the magic man himself. There will also be a re-creation of the famous Water Torture Cell (much of the original was destroyed in a fire in 1995) and two of Houdini’s private diaries that have never been exhibited before.
Nov. 3-March 27, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 20, 2010