Ricky Jay, illusionist, actor, and writer
Michael Kimmelman, New York Times architecture critic
Standing only twenty-nine inches high, and born without hands or thighs, German artist, magician, and musician Matthias Buchinger was a great curiosity in the early eighteenth century. He performed for three successive German emperors, entertained kings, and was a frequent guest at noble houses; yet he was equally celebrated as a calligrapher and micrographer, creating inscriptions that described his physical condition as well as his artistic and personal triumphs. Ricky Jay, one of the world's greatest illusionists, has spent a lifetime captivated by Buchinger's life and remarkably delicate drawings. New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman joins Jay for a look at the fascinating "Little Man of Nuremberg."
This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay, on view January 8–April 11, 2016.
Tickets to this event include Museum admission.