Cornell University

The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through August 31, 2018

Kroch Library, Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Level 2B
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

The exhibition “The World Bewitch’d” explores the origins and spread of the belief in witchcraft across Europe. It features rare and unique books and documents—from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters—and it examines themes such as gendered stereotypes, belief in night flying, shapeshifting, demonic pacts, and the witch epidemics that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands. "The World Bewitch’d” offers a rare glimpse of the treasures of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection, established by Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, and now the largest in North America with more than 3,000 items.

On view alongside the exhibition is the famous crystal ball from the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” equipped with technology to recreate the movie’s effect of conjuring images on its surface. The crystal ball is on loan to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections by Jay Walker ’77 and Eileen Walker ’76, MBA ’78, in the Kroch Library rotunda, level 2B, until June 25th.

The exhibition is on view from October 31, 2017 to August 31, 2018, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Click on "see more dates" at the top for more information, or check the library hours website for updates and Saturday hours:  https://www.library.cornell.edu/libraries.

This exhibition is funded through the generous support of the Stephen E. ’58 MBA ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund.

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