Friday, May 4, 2018


A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters

WHEN: March 16 - June 20, 2018
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown

Featuring the creative energy and vitality of kineticism as expressed through the living form—figures, be they human, animal or fantasy— this is the first in a four-year series at the museum, devoted to the kinetic art form. Enjoy watching the Discover Jersey Arts video and The PBS/NJTV segment and/or just get the exhibit catalog from:


If that’s not enough to stir your kinetic interest, the next AutomataCon, a convention of and for artists, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of automatons and related kinetic art, a three-day event, is being held May 18th - 20th, 2018 in conjunction with & hosted by the Morris Museum ( in Morristown, New Jersey, home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.

You’ll not only experience this amazing exhibit, but be able to join people from around the world to share ideas, build relationships and grow interest in automata, new and old. The convention includes a variety of private & public programming, including: social gatherings, museum touring with gallery demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, presentations, build your own automaton activity and a special exhibition area.

Highlights will include:

  • Greater NY area Premier showing of the new documentary: "Double Take - The Art of Elizabeth King", courtesy of producer Olympia Stone, of Floating Stone Productions
  • Marian van Dijk, Director of Museum Speelklok (Utrecht, Netherlands) on all things related  to their upcoming exhibit "Dancing with the Droids"
  • Vincent Giovannoni, curator for MuCEM (Museum of European & Mediterranean Civilizations) from Marseille will speak about the "Automata & Diorama's of Souillac", there in France
  • Dawn Delikat, Assoc. ED of Pen & Brush Galleries, NYC., on period "Automata Makers - Ahead of Their Day"
  • John Gaughan, one of the world's foremost illusion builder's, on the most legendary automaton of all time, the life-sized "Chess-Playing Turk"

ADMISSION: Admittance to much of this programming requires a ticket to AutomataCon, which can be purchased online or on-site. More details on tickets & the program schedule can be found on the website  (

You can also like the Facebook page ( for the latest news on the convention.