Houdini: Art and Magic (app)

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Today is the 137th birthday of  legendary Jewish-American magician (Hungarian by birth) Harry Houdini.

Harry Houdini was born as Erik Weisz (he later spelled his birth name as Ehrich Weiss) in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on March 24, 1874.  Houdini was one of  seven children of  Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weisz (1829–1892) and Cecelia Weisz (née Steiner). Died on October 31, 1926.

Through impossibly daring feats Harry Houdini captivated audiences worldwide, and his legendary escapes instill awe to this day. In this first exhibition in a major American art museum on the master magician and his lasting influence in visual culture, Houdini: Art and Magic features magic apparatus, posters, broadsides, period photographs, archival films, and contemporary art work inspired by the great magician and escape artist. The exhibition reveals how Houdini’s reputation has evolved over time, and how the edgy performances and physical audacity which caused fear, excitement, and apprehension in his audiences at the turn of the twentieth century continue to inspire twenty-first century vanguard artists such as Matthew Barney, Petah Coyne, Jane Hammond, Vik Muniz, Deborah Oropallo, and Raymond Pettibon.

Houdini: Art and Magic iPhone app

This application, in addition to the audio tour, includes archival footage of  Harry Houdini performing, and images of selected artworks from the exhibition.

Category views, numeric keypad entry and the keyword search function enable you to access the tour anyway you wish.

Houdini: Art and Magic is on view at these venues as follows:

Last few days in The Jewish Museum, New York
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
October 29, 2010 – March 27, 2011

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
April 28 – September 4, 2011

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
September 26, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Madison Museum of  Contemporary Art, Wisconsin
227 State Street, Madison, WI 53703
February 11 – May 13, 2012

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Education
Released: October 29, 2010
Publisher:  Espro Information Technologies Ltd. © 2010 Espro Acoustiguide Group. Content 2010 The Jewish Museum, New York. All rights reserved.
Price: $2.99 (buy app)

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