Centenary of the Light Club of Batavia

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 7–10 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions here)

To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of the Light Club of Batavia, the subject of Josiah McElheny's new book recently published by University of Chicago Press, McElheny and Cabinet are hosting a party.

The point of departure for McElheny's book is The Light Club of Batavia, Paul Scheerbart's 1912 story about the formation of a club dedicated to building a spa for bathing—not in water, but in light—at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft. In Scheerbart's story, the club opens on July 1, 1910.

Our event will feature readings, a musical performance, party favors, specially brewed champagne-style beer, and gin cocktails (as well as a mine of sorts).

Cabinet is a non-profit organization supported by the Lambent Foundation, the Orphiflamme Foundation, the New York Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Katchadourian Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, the Danielson Foundation, and many generous individuals. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by visiting here.