Monday, August 18, 2014

Morbid Anatomy Museum Upcoming Events and News

There are many exciting things taking place at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in the days and weeks to come!

First up: if you have not yet managed to make it out to the museum, we have a special Groupon available for the next 12 hours only which essentially gets you a two for one admission to The Morbid Anatomy Library and our wonderful Art of Mourning exhibition! Click here to find out more.

Following is a spate of newly announced and directly upcoming events listed below. The Morbid Anatomy Museum relies on contributions from people like you to keep our programs and exhibitions afloat. If you love what we do, please consider making a donation today by clicking here. If you wish your contribution to be tax deductible, you can make ya donation here under "Morbid Anatomy Museum."

Thanks, and hope to see you at the museum soon!

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul: Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo 

    Sunday, August 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, September 6th, 12pm to 6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • DIY Curiosity Cabinet Workshop with Vimala Pasupathi
    Sunday, September 7th, 1pm to 5pm, $130 for Small Cabinets / $145 for Bigger Cabinet, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Sounds of the Ether – The Strange Universe of the Theremin: :Special Concert and Lecture Presentation with Theremin Virtuoso & Director of the NY Theremin Society Dorit Chrysler
    Friday, Sept. 12th , 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Torah Animal World Taxidermy Museum Field Trip
    Sunday, September 21st, 1pm; $15 - You MUST buy tickets BEFORE the tour as its a limited capacity; Tickets (and more info) here
EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • Necrophilia: Night 3 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin: A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
    TONIGHT Monday, August 18, 8pm, $5 (Tickets here)

    Necrophilia is the one dead body topic 'normal' people can't discuss enough. It's so thrilling. Unbelievably intriguing. And of course, disgusting -- just in case anyone is concerned about being labelled abnormal. Films about necrophilia rarely imagine corpse abuse as a love story. Indeed, a love that dare not speak its name. Or be kissed. More here.
     
  • Eva Peron and an Iconography of The Flesh: How Corpses Mean as Matter, Illustrated Lecture by Margaret Schwartz
    TOMORROW Tuesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8 (tickets here)

    This talk will trace the shocking story of afterlife of the corpse of Eva Peron's corpse, ie "Evita." In the process, this fantastic tale will help elaborate the complex relationship between the visual image and embodiment in our contemporary practices of death, mourning, and in the end, meaning-making. More here.

  • Abusing the Corpse: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA: Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
    This Wednesday, August 20,
    8pm, $8 (Tickets here)

    This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the surprising world of laws around necrophilia. More here.

  • David Icke, The Lizards and the Jews: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night one of "The Jon Ronson Adventures"
    This Thursday, August 21st, 8pm, $15 (tickets here)

    Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is on David Icke, a famous British TV sports commentator until he announced one day and then proclaimed that secretly rules the world are actually shapeshifting pedophile lizards. More here.
     
  • The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul: Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo
    This Sunday, August 24th, 8pm, $8.00 (tickets here)

    This lecture will explore the so-called "survival hypothesis"—the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death—and its connection to J.B. Rhine's research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965. More here.
Following is a handy list of other upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our spiffy new website calendar by clicking here. Please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin

A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


The future of human death seems increasingly bound to digital technology and the internet. Understanding these implications is both practical and futuristic, in ways that make many people uncomfortable. But how did our long ago relatives in the early 1990s imagine what death on the web might be like? And how do concepts of future internet technology potentially shape what 'being dead' will mean in the near future if and when an individual's social media accounts recreate that person after they die?

More here.

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Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History
Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
Time: 8pm 
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
In this lecture, Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History will take us for a "behind the scene" tour of The Museum's specimen collections and their captivating history.
More here.
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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Taxidermist in Residence Divya Ananthamaran
Date: Saturday August 23rd
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Price: $400 (includes all materials)
Tickets here 
In this workshop, students will be immersed in the world of the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. They will leave class with a finished piece and knowledge to make their own pieces in the future.

More here.

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The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul
Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo 

Date: Sunday, August 24th 

Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


This lecture will explore the so-called “survival hypothesis”—the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death—and its connection to J.B. Rhine’s research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965.

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Lizard Mummies & Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History

Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
Time: Tuesday, August 26th
Date: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


In this lecture, Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History, will take us for a highly-illustrated "behind the scenes" tour.

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The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.

More here.

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Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the many different ways the dead interacted with the living in ancient Egypt and the way the living interacted with the dead, from household cults, to festivals, and even a fairly active postal system of letters to the afterworld.

More here.

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"Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (tickets here)
Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

More here.
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Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians
An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
Date: Tuesday, September 2nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


In this illustrated talk, Michael Carlisle will discuss the troubled, often tragic fate of some of the greatest theorists of mathematics.   
More here.

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Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night
Date: Wednesday September 3rd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15 (Sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider
Tickets here
Queer, transgender and straight-friendly singles night sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider and hosted by Daisy Tainton.

More here.

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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
An illustrated lecture with Carl Schoonover, author of
Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Date: Thursday, September 4th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


Carl Shoonover will explore the history of neuroscience through the visual representation of the brain from antiquity to the 21st century as explored in his recent book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century.
More here.
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Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, September 6th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $300 (Ticket here)


Anthropomorphic taxidermy–in which taxidermy animals are posed into human attitudes and poses–was an artform made famous by Victorian taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. In this class, students will learn to create–from start to finish–anthropomorphic bunnies inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Mr. Potter and his ilk.

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DIY Curiosity Cabinet Workshop with Vimala Pasupathi
Date: Sunday, September 7th
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Admission: $130 for Small Cabinets / $145 for Bigger Cabinet (Tickets here)


In this unique workshop, learn the history and art of Wunderkammer by doing one yourself!

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Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
An Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
***Copies of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” will be available for sale and signing


Tonight, join author and poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for the story of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, the man behind Philadelphia’s iconic Mütter Museum, widely considered to be America’s finest medical museum.
More here.

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Industrial Ladies
Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

Illustrated lecture about uncanny and fascinating early 19th wax department store mannequins by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities.

More here.

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Sounds of the Ether – The Strange Universe of the Theremin: A Concert & Lecture with Dorit Chrysler
Special Concert & Lecture Presentation with Theremin Virtuoso & Director of the NY Theremin Society Dorit Chrysler
Date: Friday, Sept. 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (Tickets here)


In this event, virtuoso theremin player Chrysler will recount the fascinating history of this electronic instrument which, invented in 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitsch Termen, generates sound without being touched.  The evening will end with a Theremin concert.

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"Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
Date: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(Tickets here)

Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is the thousand sealed boxes director Stanley Kubrick left behind when he died.

More here.

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Torah Animal World Taxidermy Museum Field Trip
Date: Sunday, September 21st
Time: 1pm
Admission: $15 - You MUST buy tickets BEFORE the tour as its a limited capacity. (Tickets here)


Today, join us on an eye-popping excursion to Torah Animal World, a unique taxidermy Museum in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The two-floor natural history museum features an extensive collection of over 500 preserved animals, both kosher and not kosher, complete and mounted.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory
An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician"
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time : 8pm
Admission $5 (tickets here)

In this combination lecture/reading, Ask a Mortician's Caitlin Doughty will debut her new book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory, an unflinching look behind the scenes at the funeral industry.
More here.
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Fur-Ever Friends: Animal Mummies
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the variety of reasons the Egyptians had for mummifying animals, the ways in which they did it, and sometimes – the ways in which they scammed their unsuspecting clients!

More here.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Price: $110 one headed/$125 two headed (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this class, students will learn to create--from start to finish--anthropomorphic mice inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.  

More here.
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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Admission: $105 ( Ticket also gets you admission to the Morbid Anatomy Museum and the "Art of Mourning" Exhibit ) (tickets here)


Hair jewelry was an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class will explore a modern take on the genre.
More here.
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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $400 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this exclusive workshop, students will be immersed in everything about the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. 
More here.

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Halloween: The Curious Story of America’s Most Horrible Holiday
Illustrated Lecture by Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History
Date: Sunday, October 26th
Time: 8:00 PM (Tickets here)
Admission: $8 
Tonight, join Halloween scholar Lesley Bannatyne as she traces our onetime children’s holiday-turned-blood-and-guts carnival from its tiny origins in northwestern Europe through its recent explosion in popularity in the States.

More here.

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Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved
Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 (tickets here)
Presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
In this presentation, Dr. Stanley Krippner--professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, California-- will discuss his long history of investigating the spooks that are reported to be especially active at Halloween.

More here
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Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror
Illustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters
Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 8 pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
In this talk Professor Stephen Asma–author of On Monsters–will use horror as an interdisciplinary bridge between humanities and scientific methodologies —a kind of case study for triangulating philosophy, psychology and biology. Recent research into the neuroscience of fear and cognition will be applied to some of the perennial monsters of our imagination.

More here.

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Muerte en Mexico: A Special Field Trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for for Day of the Dead to Visit Sites Important to the History of Death in Mexico
Dates: October 31 – November 4 2014 (**Must reserve by July 15)
 $675.00 USD (includes all hotels in double-rooms, luxury ground transportation, museum admissions, guided visits, and breakfasts; airfares not included); email info@borderlineprojects.com to reserve a space. Please send payments via PayPal to: info@borderlineprojects.com.

A 4-day trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead; curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín for Borderline Projects, and Morbid Anatomy. Includes day of the dead celebrations, markets, churches, luxury bus travel, hotels, tickets to museums and breakfasts.

More here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America! Portraits of the Mind! Kubrick's Boxes! Lizard Mummies! The Morbidity of Mathematics! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

We are beyond excited to announce a number of great new events taking place in the weeks and months to come at The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

First up is Lizard Mummies & Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History, an illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History (Tuesday, August 26th; tickets here) followed by Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians, an illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College (Tuesday, September 2nd; tickets here); Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century: an illustrated lecture with Carl Schoonover, author of Portraits of the Mind (Thursday, September 4th; tickets here); Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory: an Illustrated Lecture & Book Signing with Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" (Tuesday, September 23rd; tickets here); Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class (Saturday September 27th; tickets here); The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry: Workshop with Jeweler Karen Bachmann (Sunday, September 28th ; tickets here); Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Saturday, October 4th; tickets here); "Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures" (Thursday, September 18th; tickets here); and Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved: an illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University (Tuesday, October 28; tickets here).

We also have a number of great events happening this very week! Tonight, Monday, August 11, we have Death, Color and Memory, our second iteration of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin, a Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath (tickets here). This Tuesday, August 12, we have  Invasion of the Bodysnatcher: Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America: an Illustrated Lecture by Tiffany DeRewal, Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia (tickets here). And, this Sunday, August 17th, we have Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense (tickets here).

Following is a handy list of all upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our spiffy new website calendar by clicking here.

Also, please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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Death, Color and Memory: Night 2 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin
A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: TONIGHT Monday, August 11
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


Memorialization of the dead and dying takes on many forms. Sometimes a single color comes to represent what dying can mean in the modern world, even though 'images of death' suffocate the living with visual excess. What if a person's entire death could be distilled into one, singular important hue.

More here.

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Invasion of the Bodysnatcher: Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America
An Illustrated Lecture by Tiffany DeRewal, Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Date: THIS WEEK Tuesday, August 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


This talk explores the ways in which 19th century novels, such as the 1836 Sheppard Lee: Written by Himself, found inspiration in the rise of anatomical dissection and the graverobbing which accompanied made it possible.
More here.

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Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense
Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense with Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more
Date: THIS WEEK Sunday, August 17th
Time: 3-7 pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
An afternoon of vintage horror films, Cartoons, popcorn and nonsense including hours and hours of digest-length horror, sci-fi, comedy, and cartoons, all projected from super8, 8mm and 16mm prints! Plus, free popcorn!
More here.

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Necrophilia: Night 3 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin
A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 18
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)


Necrophilia is the one dead body topic 'normal' people can't discuss enough. It's so thrilling. Unbelievably intriguing. And of course, disgusting -- just in case anyone is concerned about being labelled abnormal. Films about necrophilia rarely imagine corpse abuse as a love story. Indeed, a love that dare not speak its name. Or be kissed.

More here.

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Eva Peron and an Iconography of The Flesh: How Corpses Mean as Matter, Illustrated Lecture by Margaret Schwartz

Date: Tuesday, August 19th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)


This talk will trace the shocking story of afterlife of the corpse of Eva Peron's corpse, ie "Evita." In the process, this fantastic tale will help elaborate the complex relationship between the visual image and embodiment in our contemporary practices of death, mourning, and in the end, meaning-making

More here.

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David Icke, The Lizards and the Jews: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night one of "The Jon Ronson Adventures"
Date: Thursday, August 21st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(tickets here)

Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is on David Icke, a famous British TV sports commentator until he announced one day and then proclaimed that secretly rules the world are actually shapeshifting pedophile lizards.
More here.

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The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo

Date: Sunday, August 24th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8.00 (tickets here)


This lecture will explore the so-called "survival hypothesis"—the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death—and its connection to J.B. Rhine's research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965.

More here.

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Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin

A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


The future of human death seems increasingly bound to digital technology and the internet. Understanding these implications is both practical and futuristic, in ways that make many people uncomfortable. But how did our long ago relatives in the early 1990s imagine what death on the web might be like? And how do concepts of future internet technology potentially shape what 'being dead' will mean in the near future if and when an individual's social media accounts recreate that person after they die?

More here.

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Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History
Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
Time: 8pm 
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
In this lecture, Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History will take us for a "behind the scene" tour of The Museum's specimen collections and their captivating history.
More here.
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Morbid Ink: The Permanence of Memorial Tattoos
Illustrated lecture by John
John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 8pmAdmission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the fascinating world of "memorial tattoos," or tattoos in memory of the deceased.

More here.

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Abusing the Corpse: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 20
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the surprising world of laws around necrophilia.

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Taxidermist in Residence Divya Ananthamaran
Date: Saturday August 23rd
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Price: $400 (includes all materials)
Tickets here 
In this workshop, students will be immersed in the world of the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. They will leave class with a finished piece and knowledge to make their own pieces in the future.

More here.

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The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.

More here.

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Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the many different ways the dead interacted with the living in ancient Egypt and the way the living interacted with the dead, from household cults, to festivals, and even a fairly active postal system of letters to the afterworld.

More here.

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"Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (tickets here)
Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

More here.
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Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians
An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
Date: Tuesday, September 2nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


In this illustrated talk, Michael Carlisle will discuss the troubled, often tragic fate of some of the greatest theorists of mathematics.   
More here.

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Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night
Date: Wednesday September 3rd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15 (Sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider
Tickets here
Queer, transgender and straight-friendly singles night sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider and hosted by Daisy Tainton.

More here.

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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
An illustrated lecture with Carl Schoonover, author of
Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Date: Thursday, September 4th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


Carl Shoonover will explore the history of neuroscience through the visual representation of the brain from antiquity to the 21st century as explored in his recent book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century.
More here.
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Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
An Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
***Copies of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” will be available for sale and signing


Tonight, join author and poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for the story of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, the man behind Philadelphia’s iconic Mütter Museum, widely considered to be America’s finest medical museum.
More here.

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Industrial Ladies
Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

Illustrated lecture about uncanny and fascinating early 19th wax department store mannequins by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities.

More here.

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"Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
Date: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(Tickets here)

Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is the thousand sealed boxes director Stanley Kubrick left behind when he died.

More here.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory
An Illustrated Lecture & Book Signing with Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician"
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time : 8pm
Admission $5 (tickets here)

In this combination lecture/reading, Ask a Mortician's Caitlin Doughty will debut her new book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory, an unflinching look behind the scenes at the funeral industry.
More here.
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Fur-Ever Friends: Animal Mummies
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the variety of reasons the Egyptians had for mummifying animals, the ways in which they did it, and sometimes – the ways in which they scammed their unsuspecting clients!

More here.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Price: $110 one headed/$125 two headed (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this class, students will learn to create--from start to finish--anthropomorphic mice inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.  

More here.
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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Admission: $105 ( Ticket also gets you admission to the Morbid Anatomy Museum and the "Art of Mourning" Exhibit ) (tickets here)


Hair jewelry was an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class will explore a modern take on the genre.
More here.
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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $400 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this exclusive workshop, students will be immersed in everything about the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. 
More here.

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Halloween: The Curious Story of America’s Most Horrible Holiday
Illustrated Lecture by Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History
Date: Sunday, October 26th
Time: 8:00 PM (Tickets here)
Admission: $8 
Tonight, join Halloween scholar Lesley Bannatyne as she traces our onetime children’s holiday-turned-blood-and-guts carnival from its tiny origins in northwestern Europe through its recent explosion in popularity in the States.

More here.

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Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved
Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 (tickets here)
Presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
In this presentation, Dr. Stanley Krippner--professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, California-- will discuss his long history of investigating the spooks that are reported to be especially active at Halloween.

More here
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Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror
Illustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters
Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 8 pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
In this talk Professor Stephen Asma–author of On Monsters–will use horror as an interdisciplinary bridge between humanities and scientific methodologies —a kind of case study for triangulating philosophy, psychology and biology. Recent research into the neuroscience of fear and cognition will be applied to some of the perennial monsters of our imagination.

More here.

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Muerte en Mexico: A Special Field Trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for for Day of the Dead to Visit Sites Important to the History of Death in Mexico
Dates: October 31 – November 4 2014 (**Must reserve by July 15)
 $675.00 USD (includes all hotels in double-rooms, luxury ground transportation, museum admissions, guided visits, and breakfasts; airfares not included); email info@borderlineprojects.com to reserve a space. Please send payments via PayPal to: info@borderlineprojects.com.

A 4-day trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead; curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín for Borderline Projects, and Morbid Anatomy. Includes day of the dead celebrations, markets, churches, luxury bus travel, hotels, tickets to museums and breakfasts.

More here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Plague Buboes and Preserved Primates – The Morbid Anatomy/Museum Vrolik “Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy”: Guest Post by Schemenkabinett

The following is a review of the recent Morbid Anatomy/Museum Vrolik Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy originally published by Katharina von Oheimb and Parm von Oheimb on their German-language Schemenkabinett blog. A translation of the piece, especially for Morbid Anatomy readers, follows; you can see the original piece by clicking here. To get on the Morbid Anatomy mailing list and thus be alerted to similar events in the future, click here.
In Amsterdam, we devoted ourselves to the field between anatomy and arts for a whole weekend.

He was called the “Artist of Death.” On the screen in the small lecture room at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, a surreal scene appears, showing human fetal skeletons that seem to wipe away their tears with handkerchiefs made of preserved meninges. It is one of Frederick Ruysch’s (1638-1731) anatomical dioramas (top image). With his preparations and dioramas, Dutch anatomist and botanist Ruysch created unique works of art. The attendees in the lecture room look with fascination at his works. More than sixty participants have gathered at the weekend of 10th and 11th May 2014 to take part at the “Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy” at Museum Vrolik. The event was brought into being by Joanna Ebenstein from Morbid Anatomy and Laurens de Rooy, the director of Museum Vrolik. Together with the other attendees--who came mostly came from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, and the USA--we are listening to the first talks of this day. We will encounter Frederick Ruysch several times again during the next days, because his connection between scientific accuracy and artistic presentation can be discovered in every corner of this place.

Marieke Hendriksen reports in her talk about the puzzle of the beaded babies, which she investigated for her dissertation. An image on the screen shows a newborn baby in a jar filled with preservational liquid, decorated with beaded strings around its neck and wrists. In total, only eleven of such decorated specimens are known. All of them are from Dutch collections and from between 1780 and 1810. Hendriksen explains how she thoroughly investigated historical collections and how she examined literature to find evidence for the origin of these unique specimens. Probably, they stem from Dutch colonies; this puzzle, however, has not been finally solved yet.

In the afternoon, we participate in a wax modeling course (second image down). Medical wax models, so called moulages, are lifelike moldings of diseased body parts. They served for the training of physicians, but have also been used for explaining disease symptoms to the public. Due to the plasticity of the presentations, they have been clearly superior to drawings. For the creation of moulages, modeling material has often been applied directly to diseased parts of skin to obtain highly realistic moldings. In this way, whole series could be created, which documented the development of diseases or the effect of therapies. Only with the emergence of color photography, moulages became less important.
As we are entering the course room, pale wax faces already wait at our workplaces. During the next hours, we add disease symptoms and several wounds to them under the tutelage of Eleanor Crook. The London-based artist Crook has specialized in the creation of moulages. In courses like this, she explains impressively how plastic plague buboes can be formed from a special wax and later get colorized in bluish black. After finishing the course, we proudly bag our grotesque faces that are terribly disfigured by plague and syphilis and meet for the end of the evening at the exhibition room of Museum Vrolik, which has been exclusively opened for us. In the midst of all the showcases full of medical specimens, we have the opportunity to acquaint with the highly interesting group of participants.

The next day starts with a talk about the history of the moulages held by the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (third image down). These artfully designed moldings stem from the early 20th century. Soon afterwards, we find ourselves in the part of the building complex, where the moulages are stored today. Faces that are badly marked by diseases but appear strangely alive, as well as arms, hands, and genitals are stored in showcases and cabinets. Most of these medical artworks have been created at the island Sumatra and present tropical skin diseases.

Afterwards, the preparator Inge Dijkman gives us an introduction to her work at Museum Vrolik (bottom image). She has brought a small selection of specimens with her. Very cautious, Dijkman lifts an almost 10 cm large, preserved fetus out of the liquid and shows it to us. She explains that this fetus had implanted outside the uterine cavity. During such a so-called ectopic pregnancy, the fetus dies in most cases.
After this exceptional insight into the preparation laboratory, we take part at a guided tour to selected specimens of Museum Vrolik, where we learn about several fascinating details. Willem Vrolik (1801-1863), for example, one of the founders of the collection, was the first person that recorded multiple congenital disorders. He described, for instance, the first known case of the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. Individuals who suffer from this syndrome are not able to produce cholesterol. The external characteristics of the syndrome are diverse and range from female genitalia in combination with a male chromosome set, to malpositions of hands and feet, and to supernumerary fingers and toes. Depending on the severity of symptoms, where internal organs are also mostly limited in their functionality, this genetic disease often ends fatally.

At the end of our weekend at Museum Vrolik, a guided tour leads to the collection rooms in the basement of the Academic Medical Center, which are usually closed to the public. During the Cold War, a nuclear bombproof underground hospital was installed here. Today, the thick walls and heavy door locks bring the former function still to mind. Curator Laurens de Rooy guides us to the first room, which contains parts of the anthropological and zoological collections. In the second room, multiple specimen jars are stored in shelves. Animals with malformations are a main focus of the collection and have been used for comparative anatomy studies. In the third room, dry preparations are stored. Various preserved skulls of humans and other primates stand close together. One of our highlights in this room is the artfully created historical dry preparation of a human arm, where the pattern of tendons is clearly visible. By leaving the underground rooms, our “Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy” ends.
During the two days at Museum Vrolik, we could gather various exciting impressions and meet a lot of interesting people. The event connected arts and science in a unique way and was worthwhile in all respects. Due to the high approval of the “Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy,” the event is planned to take place again next year in a similar form.
Figures:
  1. Anatomical diorama by Frederik Ruysch (engraving by Cornelius Huyberts)
  2. In the course it is learned how medical max models are created. Photo courtesy of Katharina von Oheimb and Parm von Oheimb.
  3. Collection of historical moulages at the Academic Medical Center. Photo courtesy of Katharina von Oheimb and Parm von Oheimb.
  4. Insights into different preparation techniques. Photo courtesy of Katharina von Oheimb and Parm von Oheimb.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The History of Cremation! Future Dead Body Technology! Cabarets of Death! This Week and Beyond (With New Additions!) at Morbid Anatomy

Please excuse us, but our last event listing was embarrassingly incomplete; following is a complete list of upcoming events taking place this week and beyond at the Morbid Anatomy Museum!

This week we will be hosting events every evening, beginning with tonight--Monday, August 4th--where we hope you will join us for night one of "Tales from the Celluloid Coffin," a four-part series of death-themed screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy's current scholar in residence Dr. John Troyer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. The theme of tonight's film is Death, Dystopia and Technology Circa 1970, and tickets can be purchased here.

Tomorrow night--Tuesday, August 5th--we will be hosting an illustrated talk called Purifying Flames: The Heated History of Cremation with licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham; you can get tickets for that by clicking here.

The very next night--Wednesday, August 6th--we have Future Dead Body Technology, an illustrated lecture in which Dr. John Troyer will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body. Tickets for that can be found here.

The following night, Thursday, August 7, we have Dr. Paul Koudounaris of Empire of Death fame, with a much anticipated (and sadly sold out!) lecture on Demonically Possessed Cats.

And Friday, August 8th, we have a heavily illustrated lecture by one of our favorite ever speakers and rogue scholars--Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic and Grand Guiginol--on "Cabarets of Death": Bizarre, death-themed nightclubs popular in fin de siècle Paris. Gordon will also share rare film clips of these clubs, "each of which was devoted to ghastly and/or hedonistic vision of death and promised an otherworldly experience with unique menus and drinks, comic religious presentations, technological optical tricks, and nudist displays." Thematic music will also be provided by our own DJ in residence Friese Undine. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Following, this Sunday, August 10, we have Afternoon Mourning: Screening with Tonya Hurley and Terrarium Workshop with Flower Artist Emily Thompson; you can purchase tickets for that by clicking here.

Following is a full list of all upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our spiffy new website calendar by clicking here.

Also, please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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Death, Dystopia and Technology Circa 1970: Night 1 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin
A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: THIS WEEK Monday, August 4
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


In tonight’s offering: Science Fiction Films about dystopian futures often use the relationship between death and technology as a core plot point to scare the bejesus out of audiences. Especially films released during the early 1970′s and featuring well known actors who frequently starred in disaster movies.
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Purifying Flames: The Heated History of Cremation

Illustrated lecture with Licensed Funeral Director Amy Cunningham
Date:
THIS WEEK Tuesday, August 5th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
Tonight’s tour of cremation’s history with Licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham will take us from Julius Caesar’s raging pyre on the Roman Forum, to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s beachside burning (under Lord Byron’s supervision), to Ghandi’s funeral on the cover of “Life” magazine, to Jessica Mitford’s “Communist” pro-cremation leanings. Who knew that woven into cremation’s story was so much soul searching, hotly-contested views on facing death, threads of faith, science, and public hygiene?
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Future Dead Body Technology
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date:
THIS WEEK Wednesday, August 6
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.
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Demonically Possessed Cats: Illustrated lecture with Dr. Paul Koudounaris
Date: THIS WEEK Thursday, August 7
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8 (Sponsored by Via Wines)
SOLD OUT
**Copies of Heavenly Bodies will be available for sale and signing**

Does your cat do things like:
– spit fire?
– speak in tongues?
– levitate?
– shape shift?
– wantonly kill people for no apparent reason?

This behavior may be more than simple bad kitty syndrome—your cat may be possessed by a demon. Paul Koudounaris, author of the cult macabre tomes Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies has immersed himself in the study of demonic cats, and will return to the Morbid Anatomy Museum to give a talk on this sadly neglected topic.

More here.

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Cabarets of Death: Illustrated Lecture and Rare Film Clips with Mel Gordon, Author of Voluptuous Panic and DJ in residence Friese Undine

Date: THIS WEEK Friday August 8
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 (Tickets here)
During Paris’ Belle Époque, three exotic nightspots surfaced overnight in the red-light Montmartre district. Each was devoted to a ghastly and/or hedonistic vision of death and promised an otherworldly experience with unique menus and drinks, comic religious presentations, technological optical tricks, and nudist displays. These tourist attractions lasted into the 1950s and created an enduring folklore that still can be found on Websites and in the imaginations of retro-nightclub producers.
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Afternoon Mourning: Screening with Tonya Hurley and Terrarium Workshop with Flower Artist Emily Thompson
Date: THIS WEEK Sunday August 10
Time: 1pm
Admission: $98 (Tickets here)
Today, join us for a afternoon of mourning curated by a author, filmmaker and Morbid Anatomy Museum board member Tonya Hurley including the screening of two award-winning short films by Hurley, mourning themed pastries and tea followed by a graveyard terrarium workshop led by Floral artist Emily Thompson Flowers.
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Death, Color and Memory: Night 2 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin
A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 11
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


Memorialization of the dead and dying takes on many forms. Sometimes a single color comes to represent what dying can mean in the modern world, even though 'images of death' suffocate the living with visual excess. What if a person's entire death could be distilled into one, singular important hue.

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Invasion of the Bodysnatcher: Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America
An Illustrated Lecture by Tiffany DeRewal, Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Date: Tuesday, August 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


This talk explores the ways in which 19th century novels, such as the 1836 Sheppard Lee: Written by Himself, found inspiration in the rise of anatomical dissection and the graverobbing which accompanied made it possible.

More here.

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Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense
Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense with Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more
Date: Sunday, August 17th
Time: 3-7 pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
An afternoon of vintage horror films, Cartoons, popcorn and nonsense including hours and hours of digest-length horror, sci-fi, comedy, and cartoons, all projected from super8, 8mm and 16mm prints! Plus, free popcorn!

More here.

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Necrophilia: Night 3 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin
A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 18
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


Necrophilia is the one dead body topic 'normal' people can't discuss enough. It's so thrilling. Unbelievably intriguing. And of course, disgusting -- just in case anyone is concerned about being labelled abnormal. Films about necrophilia rarely imagine corpse abuse as a love story. Indeed, a love that dare not speak its name. Or be kissed.

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Eva Peron and an Iconography of The Flesh: How Corpses Mean as Matter, Illustrated Lecture by Margaret Schwartz

Date: Tuesday, August 19th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)


This talk will trace the shocking story of afterlife of the corpse of Eva Peron's corpse, ie "Evita." In the process, this fantastic tale will help elaborate the complex relationship between the visual image and embodiment in our contemporary practices of death, mourning, and in the end, meaning-making

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David Icke, The Lizards and the Jews: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night one of "The Jon Ronson Adventures"
Date: Thursday, August 21st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(tickets here)

For nearly twenty years the author and documentary maker Jon Ronson has undertaken a series of extraordinary adventures, which became the basis for a series of documentary films. This series will feature rare screenings of the highlights of Jon’s documentary career, followed with a talk and a Q&A by Jon after each.

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The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo

Date: Sunday, August 24th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8.00 (tickets here)


This lecture will explore the so-called "survival hypothesis"—the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death—and its connection to J.B. Rhine's research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965.

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Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin

A Death-themed Series of Screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


The future of human death seems increasingly bound to digital technology and the internet. Understanding these implications is both practical and futuristic, in ways that make many people uncomfortable. But how did our long ago relatives in the early 1990s imagine what death on the web might be like? And how do concepts of future internet technology potentially shape what 'being dead' will mean in the near future if and when an individual's social media accounts recreate that person after they die?
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Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved
Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 (tickets here)
Presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
In this presentation, Dr. Stanley Krippner--professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, California-- will discuss his long history of investigating the spooks that are reported to be especially active at Halloween.

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From Purifying Flames: The Heated History of Cremation

Illustrated lecture with Licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham
Date: Tuesday, August 5
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)

Tonight's tour of cremation's history with Licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham will take us from Julius Caesar's raging pyre on the Roman Forum, to Percy Bysshe Shelley's beachside burning (under Lord Byron's supervision), to Ghandi's funeral on the cover of "Life" magazine, to Jessica Mitford's "Communist" pro-cremation leanings.

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Future Dead Body Technology
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 6
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the present and future technologies surrounding the human corpse.

More here.

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Demonically Possessed Cats: Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Paul Koudounaris
Date: Thursday, August 7
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
**Copies of Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies will be available for sale and signing 
Tonight's illustrated lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris--author of Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies--will trace the history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. And did you know . . . demonically-possessed cats are still believed to be with us today!

More here.

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Morbid Ink: The Permanence of Memorial Tattoos
Illustrated lecture by John
John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 8pmAdmission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the fascinating world of "memorial tattoos," or tattoos in memory of the deceased.

More here.

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Abusing the Corpse: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 20
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the surprising world of laws around necrophilia.

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Taxidermist in Residence Divya Ananthamaran
Date: Saturday August 23rd
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Price: $400 (includes all materials)
Tickets here 
In this workshop, students will be immersed in the world of the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. They will leave class with a finished piece and knowledge to make their own pieces in the future.

More here.

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The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.

More here.

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Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the many different ways the dead interacted with the living in ancient Egypt and the way the living interacted with the dead, from household cults, to festivals, and even a fairly active postal system of letters to the afterworld.

More here.

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"Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (tickets here)
Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

More here.
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Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
An Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
***Copies of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” will be available for sale and signing


Tonight, join author and poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for the story of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, the man behind Philadelphia’s iconic Mütter Museum, widely considered to be America’s finest medical museum.

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Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night
Date: Wednesday September 3rd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15 (Sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider
Tickets here
Queer, transgender and straight-friendly singles night sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider and hosted by Daisy Tainton.

More here.

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Industrial Ladies
Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

Illustrated lecture about uncanny and fascinating early 19th wax department store mannequins by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities.

More here.

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Fur-Ever Friends: Animal Mummies
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the variety of reasons the Egyptians had for mummifying animals, the ways in which they did it, and sometimes – the ways in which they scammed their unsuspecting clients!

More here.

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Halloween: The Curious Story of America’s Most Horrible Holiday
Illustrated Lecture by Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History
Date: Sunday, October 26th
Time: 8:00 PM (Tickets here)
Admission: $8 
Tonight, join Halloween scholar Lesley Bannatyne as she traces our onetime children’s holiday-turned-blood-and-guts carnival from its tiny origins in northwestern Europe through its recent explosion in popularity in the States.

More here.

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Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror
Illustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters
Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 8 pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
In this talk Professor Stephen Asma–author of On Monsters–will use horror as an interdisciplinary bridge between humanities and scientific methodologies —a kind of case study for triangulating philosophy, psychology and biology. Recent research into the neuroscience of fear and cognition will be applied to some of the perennial monsters of our imagination.

More here.

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Muerte en Mexico: A Special Field Trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for for Day of the Dead to Visit Sites Important to the History of Death in Mexico
Dates: October 31 – November 4 2014 (**Must reserve by July 15)
 $675.00 USD (includes all hotels in double-rooms, luxury ground transportation, museum admissions, guided visits, and breakfasts; airfares not included); email info@borderlineprojects.com to reserve a space. Please send payments via PayPal to: info@borderlineprojects.com.

A 4-day trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead; curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín for Borderline Projects, and Morbid Anatomy. Includes day of the dead celebrations, markets, churches, luxury bus travel, hotels, tickets to museums and breakfasts.

More here.