Come & Take It Live
"..."Welcome to the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata," says another Jenny, this one Jen Hirt, a live, ordinary human and co-proprietor of the house-sized cabinet of wonders in the 1800 block of Singleton Avenue. Hirt smiles, her pulled-back hair and quaint style of dress recalling, what, some domestic servant from an Edith Wharton novel? Next to her stands her partner, Scott Webel, grinning above a neat bow tie, his striped pants secured by a pair of old-timey suspenders...."
"...You know of the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, right? It's a small, well-documented collection of cultural and scientific oddities, curated by (and encompassed within the wunderkammer home of) Scott Webel and Jen Hirt on Austin's Eastside. The venue's main exhibitions change a little more frequently than once a year..."
"...Well, let's see: The rain will be, if we're lucky, still falling intermittently. You'll be seeing a movie or a show or two, maybe getting together with some friends, while around you – around each of us, miniscule hubs of existence that we are – the rest of the city does things commensurate with its new status as the thirteenth largest city in the U.S..."
"...10) "Monstrosities" (The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata) Scott Webel and Jen Hirt's house-sized wunderkammer presented an exhibition of physical oddities – a two-headed calf, a duckling with four legs, bioluminescent cat pelt, giant toads and cockroaches, and so on – lovingly arranged and documented for public edification and amusement. And, best of all, on the Saturday tours, the curators personally regaled you with the informative and whimsical backstories of what's on display...."
"...No one calls them self-portraits, but the titles sound like snippets from a diary. As the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, Jen Hirt and Scott Webel borrow four works from AMOA's permanent collection and pair them with displays of their own creation..."
"...Yoon Cho, photography; Meggie Chou, mixed-media installation; Ali Fitzgerald, painting, installation; Alyson Fox, painting on mixed media; Buster Graybill, mixed-media installation; Jen Hirt & Scott Webel, mixed-media installation; Jules Jones, drawing, installation; Baseera Khan, painting; Andrew Long, painting; Kurt Mueller, video installation; Jill Pangallo, video installation; Scott Proctor, site-specific installation; Matthew Rodriguez, mixed-media installation; Shawn Smith, sculpture; Xochi Solis, painting; Sarah Sudhoff, photography; Raymond Uhlir, painting; Stephanie Wagner, ceramic; Rebecca Ward, site-specific installation; and Eric Zimmerman, mixed media...."