Surprise! Death is Not the End
at Links Hall
Several evenings of performance inspired by the experience of surprise, audience interaction, sophisticated puppetry, soulful song, and community investment- special guest performances by tap dancer Time Brickey, animation by Laura Hiet, R and B music by Lynne Jordan, and many other community guests participated in the event.
“A cabinet of curiosity is a collection whose categorical boundaries are yet to be defined; it contains raw experience; it is where the poet lives and is the source of meaningful art. (Cabinet’s) first event was remarkable, and, with only four performances, a precious experience.” — Maurice Herzing, audience member
Mayor Lightfoot’s inaugural party
Cabinet was invited by the City of Chicago to devise inter-active participatory ceremonial celebrations for Mayor Lightfoot‘s inaugural party. Performing alongside Trombone Shorty and other popular entertainment, Cabinet transformed the first 90 minutes of the event into a mystical, magical world.
“The Imaginative work of Cabinet of Curiosity brings an element of magic and mystique to any affair. The creative moments that guests encounter to an ethereal level of joy and wonder.” Michelle Boone, Navy Peir Inc.
at Moonlight Studios
2017 Illumination was a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration. In addition to raising money and awareness for a great cause it intends to be THE most unique Halloween event of the year. Frank served as the central designer, conceiving and directing all performer engagements, creating unusual service devices, costumes, makeup and more.
“Now Maugeri is getting back into the spectacle business... His new nonprofit, Cabinet of Curiosity Events, is designed to create original rites and ceremonies…to express his own aesthetic vision — not to mention his fierce sense of the cosmic.” — Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
at Chicago Park District, 606 Trail
A festive procession along the 606 trail coordinated by the Chicago Park District. Partners included Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Free Street Theater, Quilombo Cultural Center, West Town Bikes, Opera-Matic, and unique installations created along the trail which included an illuminated choir, shimmering projections, animated chandeliers, a mobile piano, and more by Cabinet of Curiosity.
“It was so beautiful to see people of all ages joyfully wearing their lighthouse hats. They truly did light up the trail as folks made their way home.” — Bonnie Tawse, 606 Community Outreach Supervisor
Journey for the Sun
at Actors Gymnasium
A collaboratively created interactive circus that combined aerial arts, puppetry, song, and professional performers alongside a teen ensemble.
“If the young human performers of Journey to the Sun are any indication, the future of the world is awash with creativity, compassion and wisdom.” — Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun Times.
at Navy Pier
Cabinet of Curiosity collaborated with Indian dance troupe Mandala Arts to create joyful interactive elements of the Pier’s first Holi celebration.
“Frank and Cabinet are a very professional and detailed oriented group. They added engaging moments for our audience of all ages and helped elevate the overall experience of the event.” — Daniel Crane, Navy Pier Program Coordinator
Epic Tale of Scale
at Chicago Children’s Theatre in collaboration with the Goodman Theatre
Epic Tale of Scale was a building-wide, site-specific interactive experience exploring science and the mechanics of the human body.
“Collaborating with Maugeri, who created magical worlds at Redmoon and continues to do so with his project Cabinet of Curiosity, elevated my production to another level.” — Henry Wishcamper, Goodman Theatre
Shorts TV, Oscars Committee
in Los Angeles, Mack Sennet Studios
Shorts TV commissioned Cabinet to create mechanical vehicles to ceremoniously process the award-winning shorts competitors.
“Frank and his team transformed ordinary bicycles into marvelous, celebrity-bearing mobile stages celebrating 15 OSCAR®-Nominated Filmmakers for our Hollywood pre-OSCAR event. Magnificent.” — Dave Carlson, Producer, Maestro Matic
Virtual Reality Experience
at University of Chicago, Chicago Performance Lab
An alternative reality game that took freshman orientation to a new level. Cabinet consulted on a massive ARG game that encouraged University of Chicago freshmen to gain familiarity with the campus, the institution’s philosophy, and an introduction to ritual and ceremony through a campus wide scavenger hunt. The event was featured in an article in Wired Magazine.
“Frank Maugeri is precisely the kind of innovative curator that the University of Chicago treasures. Chicago Performance Lab continues to be grateful for his work nurturing artists and developing vision.” — Heidi Coleman, University of Chicago
The city’s largest and most sophisticated lighting store held its annual community celebration on its rooftop, with audience interactions developed by Cabinet of Curiosity. We transformed their roof into a dynamic playground for a cosmic celebration.
“Frank and his team were a pleasure to work with. They brought imaginative ideas to us that enhanced our event, amazed our guests, and created beautiful imagery for post-event promotion. I highly recommend Frank and team, and look forward to working with them again soon.” — Greg Kay, President, Lightology
Cabinet was invited to return to the gorgeous rooftop of Lightology to create in unforgettable Sunset Ritual experience in 2019.
Shedd Aquarium Gala
at John G. Shedd Aquarium
Cabinet was commissioned to create original masks, unusual performer encounters, and the evening’s celebratory parade for the Institution’s annual gala.
“Turning the vision for an event into a magical evening requires a well-balanced combination of creativity, collaboration, persistence, and fearlessness. Frank and his team at Cabinet of Curiosity achieved that magic …He understood the Shedd’s mission and made sure that we captured the essence of that mission in how we designed the evening. Frank is truly a rock star!” — Dixie Adams, Chair, Shedd Aquarium Gala
Navy Pier Grand Opening Ceremony for the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion
Cabinet was invited to direct the grand opening of Navy Pier’s new Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and develop environments of joy and play. Partners included The Happiness Club, Walkabout Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.
“Having completed a floor-to-ceiling renovation of Navy Pier’s historic Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, we were in need of creative and engaging performances that would utilize and highlight some of the structure’s new spaces and architectural details…(Cabinet of Curiosity) transformed our central, grand staircase and Family Pavilion into a dynamic and interactive stage. Our guests were completely wowed by the surprise performances, and it was just what we needed to make a splash and build excitement for the iconic space.” - Andrea Chwee, Donor & Special Events Manager, Navy Pier
Arts in the Dark Parade
State Street, Chicago
In its fourth year, Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". The event draws together world-renowned institutions, celebrated Chicago organizations, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Cabinet was commissioned by Art Design Chicago to devise numerous mechanical parade objects.
“Creativity, collaboration, imagination, and innovation -- hire Cabinet of Curiosity Events and you'll get all of that and more. Take it from me, Frank Maugeri will work closely with you to deliver a brand new experience that is custom-made to your needs and budget. Looking for something beyond your dreams? Hire Cabinet and you'll end up with something even better. Spectacular magic!!” -Eva Silvermen, Art Design Chicago
WTTW Imagining More Event
Cabinet was hired to create installation and interactivity for this special event, celebrating the success of their Imagining More capital campaign.
“Working with Frank and Cabinet of Curiosities was a pleasure. Frank offered many creative ideas and solutions while working closely with us to understand our needs. Ultimately, Frank’s imaginative vision and timely execution added a new level of whimsy to our event that our guests greatly enjoyed.” -Keira Dubowsky, Associate Director of Development
SBIZ- Private Event
Cabinet collaborated on a mammoth birthday party for a well-known entrepreneur, by creating a unique illuminated installation that was inspired by a beat poem, The Clapping Tree. The installation was inhabited by costumed and masked characters developed by Maugeri and a small group of performers. The characters also roamed the party and engaged in small intimate acts of ritual with the guests.
at Moonlight Studios
Building on the momentum from its highly successful 2017 event, Frank returned to amplify the brand, create greater ritual and ceremony, and develop the event narrative and its spectacle moments for 900 guests.
Theatre on the Lake
Cabinet created “aerial” rituals for a party of 600 guests in the newly renovated cultural center.
Behold, Where Stands the Usurper’s Cursed Head
Blair Thomas’s Living Room Tour
Frank directed Mickle Maher’s one-man hand puppet show about two puppets, Brandon and Alan, and their attempt to drag the dead body of a giant Macbeth up a cliff and to the YMCA where its head will be removed and put on a spike. A story of the eternal rebirth of tyranny and the eternal resistance to that rebirth, the show toured to Hyde Park-Kenwood, Logan Square, Evanston and Humboldt Park
Chicago Children’s Theatre Power of Play 2018 Gala
Frank led the design and direction of all interactive images and objects. Additionally, he guided three apprentices through the ritual and ceremony training of the gala creation.
TABLETOP TRAGEDIES: GRIEF AND GRACE
at the chopin theatre
Due to its successful, sold-out run during the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Cabinet of Curiosity extended its Tabletop Tragedies production to the Chopin Theatre Main Stage, February 7 through 17, 2019. Tabletop Tragedies was an imaginative triptych of work created by Frank Maugeri and Seth Bockley which shared powerful tales of fate, loss and redemption through the art of puppetry.
These irreverent, imaginative and compelling works were brought to life using an astonishing array of creative elements – from hand-carved wooden puppets and rod puppets to shadow puppetry, Punch- and Judy-like characters, ingenious masks, live music, and more.
The exquisite ensemble included Time Brickey (Chicago Human Rhythm Project), Liz Chidester (Firebrand Theatre), Nicole Laurenzi (Griffin Theatre Company), Bran Moorhead (The Inconvenience), Mike Steele (Trapdoor Theatre) and Allyce Torres (16th Street Theater).
Three shows created the evening.
The Last Matador – an operatic farce with a bloody end, about the final days of the controversial art of bullfighting.
The Death and Life of Billy the Kid – a densely poetic and emotional telling of the life and times of the famous outlaw.
A Simple Soul – the harrowing tale of a 13th century female mystic burned at the stake for her religious beliefs
Detroit Institute of Arts
Cabinet developed processions and installations for a special experience at the museum Partnering with Soul Spectacular, we delivered images of wonder and delight.
“We had such good feedback on your performers. Cabinet was definitely the highlight of the night!” -Arielle Deligdish, BCG
St Louis Convention Center
Cabinet organized partnerships with The Actors Gymnasium, Pyrotechnique, Pia Renee, and others to accomplish parade, ritual engagement, and fire performances at The St Louis Convention Center and St Louis Pageant.
“The gift of beauty and imagination is perhaps one of the most important offerings that can be made to others. The Cabinet team brought both to the party and it inspired and wowed the guests …. Well done. Our clients departing words to me after the event were… "I’m interested to see how you're even going to top this next year.” -Donna Van Cleaf, Jam Productions
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Cabinet was privileged to choose and art direct several outstanding artists to create almost 100 new works of illuminated illustration, soft sculpture, mural art, dioramas, collage, photographs, and more for The Lurie Children's Hospital 17th. floor, serving young people with hematology, oncology, neuro oncology and stem cell transplant challenges. This project was made possible by the Pritzker Family, Ace Hardware, The Brach Family, The Chicago Children's Museum, Lisa Morgan Mulvaney, Michael Coon, Kass Copeland, Shayne Taylor, Jillian Gryzlak, and Natalie Whalen. Frank collaborated with the medical team, the floor families, and patients to collectively design the gallery of art.
“Frank gathered a group of incredibly talented artists to help create an engaging, healing environment for our patients, families and staff on the 17th floor of Lurie Children’s. He thoughtfully orchestrated the work of these many artists, and collaborated with our team of patients, medical, facilities, and foundation staff. The result was an entire floor featuring meaningful and magical artwork in many mediums. Lisa Mulvaney Lisa Mulvaney, M.Ed, CCLS Arts in Medicine Coordinator, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
REFLECTIONS ON FIRE: EXTINGUISHING OLD IDEAS
At The Exelon Observatory
Cabinet of Curiosity was honored to partner with Blu Rhythm Chicago to create a unique outdoor, installation inspired, device driven, ritual experience motivated by our public invitation to abandon old ideas. Reflections on Fire: Extinguishing Old Ideas was a free ritual event for a family audience, ages 6 and up. Masks, dance, song, devices, interaction and exchange lead the evening's magic. This spectacle of the spirit was the result of 3 months of collaboration with over 50 artists, designer’s dancers, composers, singers, and engineers. The event was made possible by the 606 Trail and Night Out in the Parks.
“Everything was thoughtful and wonderful. Thank you for bringing a piece of magic to the 606.” -Kimberly Lay Fraher
“A really lovely experience, thank you!” -Sarah Mather
“I also thank you for creating this lovely, needed experience!” -Johanna Vargas
“This is not to be missed. Pictures don’t capture the experience.” -Michael J. Salo