William Mortensen "Obsession" 1928 photograph

“APPARITIONS”—Specters, Conjures and The Paranormal


Featuring William Hope + William Mortensen + Kenyon Cox + Richard Boursnell + Falconer Brothers + John Myers + Jack Edwards + Romeyn de Hooghe + Jacques Callot + Fritz Gareis + John Everard + Dolorosa De La Cruz + Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos + Nahw Yg + Attributed to Johann Georg Gichtel + Daniel Gonçalves + Alexis Karl + Barry William Hale + Kim Bo Yung + Darcilio Lima + Eugène le Poitevin + Josh Stebbins + Wolfgang Grasse + Karl Koh + Shannon Taggart + Sir Arthur Conan Doyle + Anonymous and unknown artists and makers.

BUCKLAND MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK is pleased to announce an exhibition of important vintage spirit photography, prints and drawings and contemporary art on the subject of ghosts, spirits, specters, demons and the paranormal from the collection of stephen ROMANO gallery. The exhibition will open on October 1 2020 and continue through the end of December at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland Ohio.

Curator and collector Stephen Romano discusses his fascination with occult imagery..  “The art of the esoteric though is very interesting to me, it’s a primary experience that we hopefully don’t lose in our time of instantaneous access and gratification. It’s what the whole essence of collecting should be, to give us a door to a higher order, a true primary experience which refreshes the psyche and enriches our quality of life.”

“The artist as a practitioner of witchcraft.. to me are the artists who were effective at bringing change unto the world. Darcilio Lima (1944 – 1991) for instance, is a Brazilian artist I have interest in. He considered his works as spells for protection against malevolent forces, and gifted that protection to the person who would acquire that work and live with it. This is the true magic.”

“To me Visual Art is the jewel in the crown of our cultural achievements.. The greatest reward is sharing our collections with others to inspire awe in them as well.”

Exhibition publication (in progress)  found here