Ephraim & Sadie Hatfield

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An Interactive Curiosity Cabinet

Gigibòsgoshgoshmuxqüdòh (Chicken Pig Bear Deer) is an interactive curiosity cabinet created for the exhibition “Curiosity” at Kidspace at MASS MoCA. The objects contained inside the cabinet were collected by our great relative, Farnsworth Hatfield, who once tracked a mythical beast native to the Berkshires. Farnsworth Hatfield came to the region for his business, Hatfield Tonics & Tinctures, in the autumn of 1893 when he met the mysterious creature who stuck his head inside his wagon late one night. He then dedicated his life to uncovering the mysteries of the Gigibòsgoshgoshmuxqüdòh (Chicken Pig Bear Deer).

The cabinet contains jars filled with objects such as feathers, brains, antlers and eyes. When visitors open the cabinet doors the objects contained inside rotate upon their pedestals. Next to the cabinet is Farnsworth Hatfield’s journal, a pop-up book, that tells the story of his encounter and contains three dimensional renderings of the beast.

“Curiosity” is on view through May 2013.

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