"...You’re familiar with Austin’s Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, maybe? Or at least you know of it, have heard legends of the many arcane objects and fabled treasures that’ve been on display in the venue’s “Impermanent Collection,” out there in the ‘burbs of East Austin, for going on 20 years...."
"...• Shipping Wars station buddy Storage Wars Texas has been through town regularly. In the episode 'Piñatas and Ta-tas', Jenny Grumbles showed off a pair of sweet Reidell skates to Vicious Van GoGo of the Texas Rollergirls, while 'Aust-in-Translation' had central casting hicks Ricky and Bubba baffled at the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata...."
"...of A. So, a lot is going on, as always. That's what these listings are for. But we wanna hip you to just three particular things that are going on in the next few days: The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata is hosting a shindig this Friday night, an open house where you can see the current "House" exhibition as well as the MNAE's "Impermanent Collection." Scott Webel, who co-curates the place with his wife Jen Hirt, promises some form of live entertainment – "I'm not sure what, exactly," he says, "but it won't be dead entertainment." – along with the usual deeply storied delights the Museum has to offer, and a presentation from Webel's "The City of Living Garbage." Sounds like a fine (read: quirky and slightly mysterious – a little bit Austin, a little bit Miskatonic) time to be had of an evening … and maybe we'll see you there among the "homes, atmospheres, greenhouses, guts, nests, wombs, and commodities"? Now, "City of Living Garbage" might sound similar to, but shouldn't be confused with, The Cathedral of Junk..."
"..."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...."
"...Here, tourists can wander the many spires and piles of displayed treasure that was once someone’s trash. This is Hannemann’s private home, so you’ll need to call ahead to make an appointment. [image-2] [image-3-right] Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata..."
"...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..."
"...The show's hydra-headed format is a bit ungainly, but if you're going to clog the airwaves with yet anohter competition show, better it be about state lore and not live bug-eating, right? Lost treasures found in the pilot episode include a famous Texas Ranger's Colt Single Action Revolver, the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata's framed single hair from Willie Nelson, and Santa Anna's personal map from the Battle of Zacatecas (the latter features in the clip below)...."
"...Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata Continuing to subvert any expectations, brilliantly..."
"...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...."
"...Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, 1808 Singleton, 320-0566, www.mnae.org..."
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