Antiques and Their Afterlives: Inside the Home & Studio of Adam Wallacavage - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Antiques and Their Afterlives: Inside the Home & Studio of Adam Wallacavage

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Anatomical figures rendered in lifelike wax, prosthetic glass eyes peering up from medical trays, elaborate human hair wreaths memorializing the dearly departed. For Ryan and Regina Cohn, preserving these curious and often misunderstood objects is as much about honoring the past as learning from it.

In this hour-long virtual event, the co-founders of the wildly popular Oddities Flea Market and authors of The Witch's Door: Oddities and Tales from the Esoteric to the Extreme, open their doors and welcome you into their home, or take you along for a trip to see fascinating objects in museums and the homes of other collectors. 

This June, Ryan takes you into the 1890s home and studio of Adam Wallacavage, a collector and artist best known for his handmade Octopus-shaped chandeliers! Wallacavage has described the inspiration for his home decor as a fantastical, Victorian, freak show. Each colorful room is filled with curious items. Join us as we explore the Jules Verne room, a bathroom full of masks, and the studio where Wallacavage crafts his famous Octopus chandeliers!



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About Your Host
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn

Ryan Matthew Cohn is best known for his educated opinions and consultation on the Science Channel show "Oddities." However, it is Ryan’s ability to prepare, create, craft, and provide unparalleled attention to detail in this subject matter that makes him a true artisan. It’s his stunning preparations, which have helped him in beginning to solidify a place in the fine art world. Ryan’s unique approach to the exploded skull has pushed his career from exploration and learning to create unique fine art commissions. Aside from his artistic accolades, Ryan specializes in rare and unique antiques and artifacts predominantly relating to science, anatomy, and natural history.

With an extensive background in fashion, Regina Marie Cohn runs the Oddities Flea Market, curates events at Brooklyn’s House of Wax Bar, and works with her husband Ryan buying, creating, restoring, and selling one-of-a-kind pieces of osteological work, antiques and oddities. Regina’s eye for the strange and unusual brings the Oddities Flea Market to life.

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