March 25, 2018 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
Using special effects to frighten and fool audiences, the theatrical spectacle called the Phantasmagoria thrilled early 19th-century Europeans and Americans—who knew it was trickery, but went along for the ride. Explore this new exhibition with Benjamin Weiss, director of Collections and Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Visual Culture. Learn about the cultural moment that gave birth to the Phantasmagoria and the technology used to create it and other optical entertainments.