Thursday, April 12, 2012

H.P. Lovecraft visits the museum

Our museum's doughty research department has been busying itself recently sifting through the lower strata of the archives.  They have uncovered evidence that famous literary personages have visited the museum at various points in its long and varied history.  This past St. Patrick's Day, for example, we published an account of James Joyce's visitation

The researchers have found,  to their unspeakable horror, that H.P. Lovecraft seems to have passed this way many decades ago, his blasphemous reportage leaving a hideous trail of gibbering, luminescent slime dripping from the vitrines, eating its way into the shadow-bound heart of our innocent museum. His comments:

There were lumpish hybrid things which only fantasy could spawn, moulded with devilish skill, and coloured in a horribly life-like fashion...gorgons, chimaeras, dragons, cyclops, and all their shuddersome congeners...hideous parodies on forms of organic life we know...others seemed taken from feverish dreams of other planets and other galaxies....the vaulted museum chamber—an evil-looking crypt lighted dimly by dusty windows set slit-like and horizontal in the brick wall on a level with the ancient cobblestones of a hidden courtyard.  Other things in the dismal crypt were less describable—isolated parts of problematical entities whose assembled forms were the phantoms of delirium.

from "The Horror in the Museum" by H. P. Lovecraft and (as?) Hazel Heald, 1932
Book cover from Monster Brains

A full index to literary visitors maybe seen here

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Museum open first 3 weekends in May!

The Zymoglyphic Museum will be open an unprecedented three weekends this year! 

Open hours will be 11 AM to 5 PM the following days:

May 5th and 6th - Come early if you wish to avoid the crowds
May 12th and 13th - A trip to the museum will make an excellent Mother's Day outing!
May 19th and 20th - This is the weekend that other studios in San Mateo will be open.

Showing at the same location will be the marvelous metal work, artist's books, and pinhole photography (including home-engineered pinhole cameras) of Judith Hoffman.  There will be daily demonstrations as well!

Carpooling is encouraged.  Those lacking access to internal combustion are advised that the museum is but a short walk from the Hillsdale train station.  Old-school persons, self-styled luddites, and the GPS-challenged will find useful retro-style directions to the museum here and an electronic map at the official Open Studios web site.

Besides tours of the museum itself, there will be a full range of publications from the Zymoglyphic Museum Press available for purchase.  New this year is The Tale of the Wandering Monk, a photo essay documenting the adventures of a diminutive traveler. Selected prints from the Views series will also be available.  You may contact the museum in advance to ensure that a specific view is available as a print.

Photography, sketching, and video are encouraged!  Efforts of previous visitors may be seen here

Facebook members may wish to let their friends know their intentions by registering on the museum's Facebook event page.