Long Island City art collective The Flux Factory takes a modern look at the idea of a Wonder Cabinet, converting their gallery space into an interactive walk-through curiosities museum.
"The Wonder Cabinet" takes its cues from the 16th and 17th-century idea of a "cabinet of curiosities" — rooms that housed strange and often eclectic collections of objects regarded with fascination at the time, like fossils and other items from nature.
The exhibit, which is on display through the end of March, is a maze of rooms filled with drawers to open and explore, a ziggurat-staircase, a photo booth, and a wall of test tubes holding butterflies. One artist installed a plinko game on an old conveyor belt, leftover from when the Flux Factory building was once a greeting card factory.
The exhibit ends March 31 and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.