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"..."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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...The museum’s affable and fastidious proprietors, Jen and Scott Webel, have put the finishing touches on the new annex they’ve constructed in the museum’s backyard. They’ve filled that space with an array of the compelling mysteries and odd, well, ephemerata for which they’ve become known all over the world..."
"...www.mnae.org One of the few family-run, in-house museums left in the States, the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata displays Jen and Scott Webel’s collection in a single room stuffed with a minglemangle of objects, from the butt of the last cigarette Marilyn Monroe ever smoked to a bottle of red rain from India to a yeti toy, donated by a female rabbi. At least that’s what the Webels will tell you – how much of it you believe is up to you. Guzu Gallery..."
"...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...."