Monday, July 6, 2015

Häxan in 16mm with Victrola Back by Popular Demand! Devil Themed Dilettanti Club! Four Humours Told Through Cocktails! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

We have a tons of very exciting events to announce this week at Morbid Anatomy!

In date order, we have Mid-Century Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and See the 1950s in 3-D! (Thursday, August 13th; more here); a Book Party for a The Zombie of Great Peru, a 17th memoir by murderer, arsonist, libertine, mercenary, galley slave, and man of letters Pierre-Corneille Blessebois translated by Doug Skinner (Thursday, August 20th; more here); Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party (Saturday, August 29th; more here); Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed with Doug Skinner (Thursday, September 10th; more here); Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder with Michael Carlisle (Tuesday, September 22nd; more here); Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture and sword swallowing demonstration with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye (Wednesday, September 30th; more here); and a reprise of our extremely popular "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) on 16 mm with live accompaniment by Victrola Polka music by resident Arcane Media Specialist and in house Victrolist Joel Schlemowitz! (Monday, October 26th; more here.)

We also have a few great events happening this week: a Devil-themed Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library with Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive (Thursday July 9th, 6 pm; Tickets and more here); The Right Mixture: The Theory and History of the Four Humours (as told with cocktails) with Michael Goyette, PhD (Thursday, July 9th; Tickets and more here); Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction. An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal (Friday July 10th SOLD OUT); Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman (Saturday, July 11th, SOLD OUT); and Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Sunday, July 12th, Tickets and more here).

We also hope to see you at our one year anniversary "Festival of Arcane Knowledge" on Saturday, July 18! The event will include a one-day only pop-up exhibition of fabulous 1930s witchcraft photographs by William Mortensen, complements of the Stephen Romano Gallery. It will also feature MC Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities introducing a full day of programming which will include an introduction by our board chair Tracy Hurley Martin along with short talks by Harold Schechter; Dr. Neal Goldsmith; and Douglas Rushkoff; a show and tell with an Egyptian mummy head by Mike Zohn of TV's Oddities; and a taxidermy demonstration by taxidermist in residence Katie Innamorato. Following will by a Devil's Masquerade afterparty and costume contest with prizes, music and cocktails! Full line up and more information can be found here.

There is also still time to enter our special fundraising raffle, where you have a chance to win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a non-profit, and depends on donations and memberships to survive. Members also are alerted to events before they are announced to the general public, and will receive early admission to future flea markets. If you appreciate what we do, please consider becoming a member or making a fully tax deductible donation today.

List of events follows. Hope to see you at one or more!

IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Collector Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive. 
    Thursday July 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm, $20 / $12 for Members (Limited to 20 people) Tickets and more here.
  • The Right Mixture: The Theory and History of the Four Humours (as told with cocktails), an Illustrated lecture with Michael Goyette, PhD 
    Thursday, July 9th, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction. An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal  
    Friday July 10th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Sunday, July 12th, 12pm-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!Thursday, August 13th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Book Party for "The Zombie of Great Peru," by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, translated by Doug Skinner
    Thursday, August 20th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party
    Saturday, August 29th, 8pm, $20/$15 for members, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed, an Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye
    Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!!
    Monday, October 26th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Collector Ronni Thomas of The MidnightArchive. 
    Thursday July 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm, $20 / $12 for Members (Limited to 20 people) Tickets and more here.
  • The Right Mixture: The Theory and History of the Four Humours (as told with cocktails), an Illustrated lecture with Michael Goyette, PhD 
    Thursday, July 9th, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction. An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal  
    Friday July 10th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Sunday, July 12th, 12pm-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbidly Drawn Anatomy: A Night of Drawing and Drinking
    Monday, July 13th, 8pm - 10pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Stolen Armor, Bullet Sculptures, Photos of the Dead: Soldiers' Souvenirs, or The Things They Carried (Home). A Panel with Joanna Scutts, Lauren Walsh and Susan Harlan 
    Tuesday July 14th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy One Year Anniversary Festival of Arcane Knowledge and Devil's Masquerade Party Fundraiser with MC Evan Michelson with Demonstrations, Short Talks, Music, Quirky Tours, Drinks, Screenings, Costume Contest, and Much More!
    Saturday, July 18th, 11am - 10pm (Festival of Arcane Knowledge: 11am - 7:30pm, Devil's Masquerade Party: 8pm - LATE), $20 for the Festival / $30 for the Party / $45 for both / $35 Members (All tickets include museum admission), Tickets and more information here.
  • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan. 
    Tuesday, July 21st, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine, An Illustrated Lecture with Mark W Green MD, FAAN Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine 
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm - 10pm, SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Saturday, July 25th, 12pm - 6pm, $250 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (more info here).
  • Letterpress Workshop at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press.Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard, $85/ $65 for members, Tickets and more information here.
  • Rat/Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Sunday, July 26th, 12pm - 6pm, $200 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
    Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' : An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
    Friday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (more info here).
  • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
    Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
  • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
    Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
    Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
    Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
    Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20
    , Tickets (and more infohere** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)
  • Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!Thursday, August 13th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
    Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Book Party for "The Zombie of Great Peru," by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, translated by Doug Skinner
    Thursday, August 20th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
    Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, SOLD OUT (more info here).
  • Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday PartySaturday, August 29th, 8pm, $20/$15 for members, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed, an Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner 
    Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital 
    Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye 
    Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
    Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
    Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! 
    Monday, October 26th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
    Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
Image: The sword-swallower Waxwork, Dresden 1900 Manufacturer: Workshop Rudolf Pohl (1852 - 1926) Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Photo: David Brandt

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Members-Only Early Access to Future Morbid Anatomy Flea Markets! William Mortensen Witches! The Luxor Mummy! News and Events at Morbid Anatomy

Thanks to all of those who braved the sun and the lines for our epic flea market last Sunday! If you did not make it--or gave up when you saw the line!--you can pay a virtual visit via yesterday's Gothamist. Images above, including top image of vendor Ryan Mathew Cohn, are drawn from that piece which you can see by clicking here.

We also wish to offer our sincere apologies to those who were unable to get in, or waited 2+ hours to do so. We were taken completely off guard by the turnout, and will craft future iterations to solve this problem. 

You can avoid the lines at our next Flea Market--which will take place Sunday, August 30--by becoming a member today! Members will have special access to flea markets before the doors open to the general public. Members also receive alerts about our often sold out events before they are announced to the general public, and  enjoy perks including unlimited free museum entry and discounts on special events and parties. They also help support our fledgling museum! You can become a member today--starting at only $50 a year!--by clicking here.

We also have some upcoming events to alert you to. First off: We have a new date for our twice rained out event with Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning at the historic chapel at Greenwood Cemetery; the new date will be Wednesday, July 29th, and it will take place inside, so no more rain dates! You can get tickets and find out more here.

We also have three newly announced events: Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with taxidermist in residence Karie Innamorato (Tuesday, August 4th; Tickets and more here); an illustrated talk with Dr. Stanley Krippner entitled Demystifying Shamanism (Friday, August 28th; Tickets and more here) and a lecture by "Egytptologist in residence" Ava Forte Vitali entitled The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic (Tuesday, September 29th; Tickets and more here.)

We also have a few great events happening this week: Tonight, we have Movie Mike Presents Morbid Movie Madness - A Survey of Serials of the 30s and 40s First Chapters of Thrilling Tales in real 16mm (TONIGHT Tuesday, June 30th, Tickets and more here) and this Thursday, we hope to see you at Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Psychology of Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Robert Teszka (Thursday, July 2nd, Tickets and more here).

We also hope to see you at our one year anniversary "Festival of Arcane Knowledge" on Saturday, July 18! The event will include a one-day only pop-up exhibition of fabulous 1930s witchcraft photographs by William Mortensen, complements of the Stephen Romano Gallery. It will also feature MC Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities introducing a full day of programming which will include short talks by Harold Schechter; Dr. Neal Goldsmith; and Douglas Rushkoff; a show and tell with an Egyptian mummy head by Mike Zohn of TV's Oddities; and a taxidermy demonstration by taxidermist in residence Katie Innamorato. Following will by a Devil's Masquerade afterparty and costume contest with prizes, music and cocktails! Full line up and more information can be found here.
There is also still time to enter our special fundraising raffle, where you have a chance to win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.

List of events follows. Hope to see you at one or more!

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning
    Wednesday, July 29th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/ Members $20,Tickets (and more info) here.
    ** OFFSITE: Historic Chapel at Greenwoood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
    Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
    Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital
    Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
DIRECTLY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - A Survey of Serials of the 30s and 40s First Chapters of Thrilling Tales in 16mm!
    Tuesday, June 30th, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Psychology of Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Robert Teszka 
    Thursday, July 2nd, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
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ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - A Survey of Serials of the 30s and 40s First Chapters of Thrilling Tales in 16mm!
    Tuesday, June 30th, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Psychology of Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Robert Teszka 
    Thursday, July 2nd, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Collector Ronni Thomas of The MidnightArchive. 
    Thursday July 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm, $20 / $12 for Members (Limited to 20 people) Tickets and more here.
  • The Right Mixture: The Theory and History of the Four Humours (as told with cocktails), an Illustrated lecture with Michael Goyette, PhD 
    Thursday, July 9th, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction. An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal  
    Friday July 10th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Sunday, July 12th, 12pm-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbidly Drawn Anatomy: A Night of Drawing and Drinking
    Monday, July 13th, 8pm - 10pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Stolen Armor, Bullet Sculptures, Photos of the Dead: Soldiers' Souvenirs, or The Things They Carried (Home). A Panel with Joanna Scutts, Lauren Walsh and Susan Harlan 
    Tuesday July 14th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy One Year Anniversary Festival of Arcane Knowledge and Devil's Masquerade Party Fundraiser with MC Evan Michelson with Demonstrations, Short Talks, Music, Quirky Tours, Drinks, Screenings, Costume Contest, and Much More!
    Saturday, July 18th, 11am - 10pm (Festival of Arcane Knowledge: 11am - 7:30pm, Devil's Masquerade Party: 8pm - LATE), $20 for the Festival / $30 for the Party / $45 for both / $35 Members (All tickets include museum admission), Tickets and more information here.
  • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan. 
    Tuesday, July 21st, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine, An Illustrated Lecture with Mark W Green MD, FAAN Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine 
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm - 10pm, SOLD OUT (info here).
  • Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Saturday, July 25th, 12pm - 6pm, $250 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Letterpress Workshop at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press.Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard, $85/ $65 for members, Tickets and more information here.
  • Rat/Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Sunday, July 26th, 12pm - 6pm, $200 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
    Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning
    Wednesday, July 29th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/ Members $20,Tickets (and more info) here.
    ** OFFSITE: Historic Chapel at Greenwoood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY

  • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' : An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
    Friday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
    Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
  • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
    Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
    Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
    Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
    Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20
    , Tickets (and more infohere** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)
  • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
    Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
    Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital 
    Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
    Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
    Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
    Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Call of Abandoned Souls: Guest Post and New Book by Ivan Cenzi of Bizzarro Bazar


Following is a guest post by Ivan Cenzi of the Bizzarro Bazar blog, who has just published a new, heavily illustrated book on the astounding Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, which some readers might remember from this recent Morbid Anatomy post. You can find out more about the book--and order a copy of your own--here.You can also visit in the Morbid Anatomy Library where you will find a copy on our Death and Culture shelf!

THE CALL OF ABANDONED SOULS
The strange, unorthodox cult which developed in the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples

by Ivan Cenzi,
Bizzarro Bazar

The Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples is not just exceptional in its location (the remains of 40.000 human beings are stacked inside an ancient tuff quarry), but mainly because in this evocative underground cathedral a popular cult has developed over the ages: it's the cult of abandoned souls (anime pezzentelle). Anonymous souls, poor and deprived of the prayers and comfort of their loved ones, souls in need of the compassion of the living to alleviate their suffering. 
There is an undoubted elective affinity between the suffering souls in Purgatory and they who struggle and suffer in this world. There has never been any doubt in the minds of the Neapolitans about the truth of suffering on Earth, where hope is weak, work is inevitable fatigue, and the hell of Vesuvius ready to explode at any moment makes every breath uncertain. Naples is in some senses a purgatorial city in itself. An afterlife where suffering continues is inevitably a familiar concept. 
So the Neapolitans found in this poverty – the dead leave behind all material goods, and are left forgotten in suffering, while the living are always in need of assistance and help – the trait d'union between this world and the next. The skulls piled in the great cavern became a bridge between the tribulations of both sides, a symbolic representation of all the “nameless souls” waiting for redemption. 
According to tradition, a person would choose a skull to adopt, dedicate his prayers to and light candles for. Sometimes on the other hand it was the departed who “called” and chose his supporter, appearing in dreams to show himself: he would then tell the story of his life, frequently a tragic tale, and ask for offerings and prayers on his behalf. Once the identity of the soul in question had been revealed, the skull was cleaned and polished, placed on a piece of cloth with a rosary around it, and surrounded with flowers and candles. All communication occurred through dreams: in this way the soul of the deceased could keep his champion informed on his state of “relief”, the effectiveness of the offerings, and about the advancement of any requests for favor. This last frequently concerned for example an ailing child, a daughter who could not find a husband, or a husband away at war, in other cases it became a request for lottery numbers – in the eternal hope that luck and fate would alleviate financial problems. 
Whenever piety shown by the faithful was rewarded by an answer to their prayers, the decorations would become more ornate, The piece of cloth was replaced with an embroidered cushion with lace, and the skull would be put in a glass display case or, where this couldn't be afforded, in a tin box. The more “generous” skulls ended up being adopted as protective spirits by the whole community; if on the other hand no prayers were answered, the cranium would be returned to the stack and another chosen, and the whole process started over again. 
This worship of anonymous remains was clearly not contemplated by the Church, which only allows veneration of recognized, Vatican-approved relics of saints. Even the votive displays, when observed more carefully, look like a proletarian version of the sacred reliquaries kept in the Cathedral or in numerous other Neapolitan churches: the fideistic practice instituted de facto a range of unorthodox “saints”, not authorized by the Church and whose relics became object of the worship of common people. 
These original popular “saints” are the real Superstars in the cemetery – skulls so generous in their favours that they have, over time, become real icons of the cemetery, taking on the role of folklore characters around which various legends have sprung up. There's Donna Concetta, the “sweating head”, a revered skull that has the quality of attracting more humidity than any of the others. When little drops of water appear on its shiny forehead, the skull is ready to fulfill any requests. There is the skull of Pascale, who helps you win the lottery; 'o nennillo who brings happiness to the family; and the most famous of all, “the Captain”, around which several legends revolve, and who makes sure respectful girls find a good husband. 
It might seem surprising that such a practice was tolerated, however marginalized, for so long by the Catholic Church until the cult was definitively ostracised in 1969. Today, you can still see some old woman lighting up a candle before a specific skull, but the cult has almost entirely died out. And, as it so often happens in Italy despite our great cultural heritage, the Fontanelle cemetery is now sadly left to crumble. If you travel to Italy and find yourself in Naples, you might want to plan a visit before it's gone for good. Its enchanted underground location and sober arrangement of bones (not at all macabre, as in some other baroque italian charnel houses) make for a peaceful and meaningful break from traffic and confusion, as you enter a place where the barrier between the living and the dead was once trespassed.

Ivan Cenzi and Carlo Vannini's“De Profundis, second volume in the Bizzarro Bazar Collection, is dedicated to the Fontanelle Cemetery, and is available on Libri.it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ivan Cenzi is an explorer of the uncanny and collector of curiosities. Since 2009 he has been curator of Bizzarro Bazar, a blog dedicated to everything that is strange, macabre and wonderful.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Carlo Vannini is the photographer of all “cultural” objects: artworks, archaeological finds, restoration works, architectural structures, city views, but also ordinary handcrafted artefacts permeated by a strong historical feeling. Website www.carlovannini.it

Monday, June 22, 2015

Spiritism and Medicine! Talks at Greenwood Cemetery! Search for the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

We have a tons of very exciting events to announce this week at Morbid Anatomy!

First up, tonight is My Grandfather the Spirit Doctor and Me: On Medicine, Storytelling, Film and The Radio Illustrated Lecture with Chiara Ambrosio, London Based Filmmaker (Monday, June 22nd; tickets and more here). Tomorrow we have two events; at the museum, the sold out Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman and in Greenwood Cemetery's historical chapel, Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning (Tuesday, June 23rd; Ticket and more here).

Following, we have Search for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Nevramont (Wednesday, June 24th; Tickets and more info here) and three sold out events: Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age With Special Guest Evan Michelson; "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz; and H.P Lovecraft Brooklyn Guided Tour with Jane Rose. Tickets are still available for There's No Place: Transfeminism and the Legacy of Oz (Saturday, June 27th; Tickets and more info here).

Other newly announced events include Morbidly Drawn Anatomy: A Night of Drawing and Drinking (Monday, July 13th; Tickets and more here); Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton (Sunday, August 9th; Tickets and more here. ) and "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound (Wednesday, November 18th; Tickets and more here).

We also very much hope to see you at our one year anniversary which we'll celebrate with a "Festival of Arcane Knowledge" on Saturday July 18. This will feature MC Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities and short talks by Harold Schechter; Dr. Neal Goldsmith; and Douglas Rushkoff as well as a show and tell featuring a real Egyptian mummy head with Mike Zohn of TV's Oddities; a taxidermy demonstration by taxidermist in residence Katie Innamorato. Following will by a Devil's Masquerade afterparty and costume contest with prizes! Full line up and more information can be found here.

We also have a special offer to win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a non-profit, and depends on donations and memberships to survive. If you appreciate what we do, please consider becoming a member or making a fully tax deductible donation today. Donations can be made here, and you can become a member--with assorted perks such as discounted admissions and free museum entry by clicking here.

IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • My Grandfather the Spirit Doctor and Me: On Medicine, Storytelling, Film and The Radio Illustrated Lecture with Chiara Ambrosio, London Based Filmmaker
    TONIGHT!! Monday, June 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman 
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 8pm - 10 pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/ Members $20,Tickets (and more info) here.
    ** OFFSITE: Historic Chapel at Greenwoood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Search for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Nevramont. 
    Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age- Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Evan Michelson on Opiates and Their Derivatives
    Thursday June 25th, 6pm - 8pm, $25 ($12 for members), SOLD OUT (info here).
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
    Thursday, June 25th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
    Friday, June 26th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)

  • H.P Lovecraft Brooklyn Guided Tour with Jane Rose
    Saturday, June 27th, 10:30 am, $20, SOLD OUT (info here).
    ** OFFSITE: Meet at Parkside and Ocean Avenue, right outside the Prospect Park Entrance|
  • There's No Place: Transfeminism and the Legacy of Oz
    Saturday, June 27th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.

    NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
    • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning
      Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/ Members $20,Tickets (and more info) here.
      ** OFFSITE: Historic Chapel at Greenwoood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY
    • There's No Place: Transfeminism and the Legacy of Oz
      Saturday, June 27th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Morbidly Drawn Anatomy: A Night of Drawing and Drinking
      Monday, July 13th, 8pm - 10pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
      Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
      Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
    ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
    • My Grandfather the Spirit Doctor and Me: On Medicine, Storytelling, Film and The Radio Illustrated Lecture with Chiara Ambrosio, London Based Filmmaker
      Monday, June 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman 
      Tuesday, June 23rd, 8pm - 10 pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning
      Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/ Members $20,Tickets (and more info) here.
      ** OFFSITE: Historic Chapel at Greenwoood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY
    • Search for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Nevramont. 
      Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age- Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Evan Michelson on Opiates and Their Derivatives
      Thursday June 25th, 6pm - 8pm, $25 ($12 for members), SOLD OUT (info here).
    • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
      Thursday, June 25th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
      Friday, June 26th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)

    • H.P Lovecraft Brooklyn Guided Tour with Jane Rose
      Saturday, June 27th, 10:30 am, $20, SOLD OUT (info here).
      ** OFFSITE: Meet at Parkside and Ocean Avenue, right outside the Prospect Park Entrance
    • There's No Place: Transfeminism and the Legacy of Oz
      Saturday, June 27th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Morbid Anatomy Flea Market
      Sunday, June 28th, 12pm - 6pm, FREE, more info here.
    • Madness and Meaning: An Illustrated Lecture with Andrew Scull, Author of Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine
      Monday, June 29th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - A Survey of Serials of the 30s and 40s First Chapters of Thrilling Tales in 16mm!
      Saturday, June 30th, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Psychology of Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Robert Teszka 
      Thursday, July 2nd, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library With Special Guest Collector Ronni Thomas of The MidnightArchive. 
      Thursday July 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm, $20 / $12 for Members (Limited to 20 people) Tickets and more here.
    • The Right Mixture: The Theory and History of the Four Humours (as told with cocktails), an Illustrated lecture with Michael Goyette, PhD 
      Thursday, July 9th, 8pm - 10pm, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction. An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal  
      Friday July 10th, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Sunday, July 12th, 12pm-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Morbidly Drawn Anatomy: A Night of Drawing and Drinking
      Monday, July 13th, 8pm - 10pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Stolen Armor, Bullet Sculptures, Photos of the Dead: Soldiers' Souvenirs, or The Things They Carried (Home). A Panel with Joanna Scutts, Lauren Walsh and Susan Harlan 
      Tuesday July 14th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Morbid Anatomy One Year Anniversary Festival of Arcane Knowledge and Devil's Masquerade Party Fundraiser with MC Evan Michelson with Demonstrations, Short Talks, Music, Quirky Tours, Drinks, Screenings, Costume Contest, and Much More!
      Saturday, July 18th, 11am - 10pm (Festival of Arcane Knowledge: 11am - 7:30pm, Devil's Masquerade Party: 8pm - LATE), $20 for the Festival / $30 for the Party / $45 for both / $35 Members (All tickets include museum admission), Tickets and more information here.
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan. 
      Tuesday, July 21st, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine, An Illustrated Lecture with Mark W Green MD, FAAN Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine 
      Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm - 10pm, SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, July 25th, 12pm - 6pm, $250 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Letterpress Workshop at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press.Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard, $85/ $65 for members, Tickets and more information here.
    • Rat/Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, July 26th, 12pm - 6pm, $200 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
      Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' : An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
      Friday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
      Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
    • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
    • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
      Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
      Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
      Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
      Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20
      , Tickets (and more infohere** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)
    • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
      Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
      Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
      Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
      Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
    Image: Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, “The medium Stanislawa P: emission and resorption of an ectoplasmic substance through the mouth”, 23 June 1913, Gelatin silver print