Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Anatomy of Hysteria" Lecture Series with "Medical Muses" Author Asti Hustvedt! Collector's Cabinet Exhibition! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy





We have much exciting news and many new events to announce this week at Morbid Anatomy!

First off, we are extremely excited to be launching our three-part lecture series devoted to the fascinating 19th century phenomenon of hysteria with Asti Hustvedt, author of the excellent book Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris this Wednesday night!

In the book, Hustvedt uses the stories of three of the great divas of the Salpêtrière to examine the history of Dr. Charcot and his famous clinic. Her examination of the taxonomically-troubling overlaps at the core of the disease--science and art, mind and body, clinic and carnival, miracles and medicine, mind and the body--beautifully frames the central paradox of hysteria, its simultaneous realness and imaginariness, so baffling to, as she puts it, an "era without demons and before Freud's unconscious."
In the book, Hustvedt uses the stories of three of the great divas of the Salpêtrière to examine the history of Charcot and his famous clinic. Her examination of the taxonomically-troubling overlaps at the core of the disease--science and art, mind and body, clinic and carnival, miracles and medicine, mind and the body--beautifully frame the central paradox of hysteria, its simultaneous realness and imaginariness, so baffling to, as she puts it, an "era without demons and before Freud's unconscious."

Her "Anatomy of Hysteria" lecture series will cover the same territory as her book over the course of three illustrated lectures: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen (This Wednesday, January 28th; tickets and more here); The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria (Wednesday, February 4th; tickets and more here); and Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints (Wednesday, February 11; tickets and more here). Each lecture is $8, but you can purchase a ticket to all three--which we highly recommend! for only $20.

We would also like to thank all those who attended our epic opening party for our new Collector's Cabinet exhibition last Friday night! On view through March 29, this will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects hidden in private collections, with captions written by the collectors themselves. The show features such curiosities as eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's two-faced kitten; an enormous 16th century painting depicting a witches' gathering; the 5-volume Physica Sacra; Weimar erotica from the collection of Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic (don't miss his Valentine's day talk and screening!); 19th century danse macabre figurines; a real human tattoo in a jar; two immense anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation prepared by Ryan Cohn (Oddities); and much. much more.
 
We also have scores of other wonderful upcoming events, a full list of which follows. We very much hope to see you at one or more!

If you like what we do, please consider becoming a member (with all that entails) by clicking here, or making a tax deductible donations via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council here
 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here


IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris(The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I)
    Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here  
  • The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    (The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II)
    Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    (The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris Part III)
    Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here
     
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class: Night Time Edition
    Thursday, January 29th, 7pm-10.30pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets (and more info)
     here

HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here  
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class: Night Time Edition
      Thursday, January 29th, 7pm-10.30pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets (and more info)
       here
    • Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Sharrona Pearl, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
      Tuesday, February 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II: The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
      Saturday, February 7th, 11am - 6pm, $150 and includes admission to the Art of Mourning, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Morbid Curiosity : A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night One Year Anniversary Party!
      Tuesday, February 10th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part III: Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Tottenham Ayatollah: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronsonauthor of ThePsychopath TestNight 5 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures” 
      Thursday, February 12th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) 
      here 
    • Friday the 13th : A Celebration of Superstitions Web Series Screening, Lecture and Launch Party with Morbid Anatomy Film-maker in Residence Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America
      Friday, February 13th, 8pm, $13, Tickets (and more info) 
      here ($20 for Double Feature with Love Cults Valentine's Day Lecture, February 14)
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop: Valentine Day's Special with Daisy Tainton
      Saturday, February 14th, 1 – 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Love Cults, Drugs and the Hypnotic Arts: A Valentine's Day Illustrated Lecture and Rare Film Screening with Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic and Grand Guiginol
      Saturday February 14th, 8pm,
       $12, Tickets (and more info) here ($20 for Double Feature with Superstition Party, February 13)
    • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Death Through the Microscope: La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Science Artist Mara G. Haseltine
      Monday February 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Abandoned NYC: A Presentation by Urban Explorer Will Ellis
      Wednesday, February 18th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The American Tattooed Ladies: 1840-2015: An Illustrated Lecture with Anni Irish
      Thursday, February 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
    • Boneyards: A Solo Performance by Jeffrey Stanley
      Friday February 20th, Friday February 27th, Friday March 6th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Winged Rats and Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
      Sunday, February 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Ethel Spector Person: Exploring the Intersection of Love, Sex, Power and Gender: An Illustrated Lecture with Jennifer McGillan, Archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library of Columbia University Medical Center
      Tuesday, March 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Whimsical Taxidermy in 19th Century Design: An Illustrated Lecture and Show and Tell with John Whiteknight, author Under Glass, introduced and Moderated by Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
      Thursday, March 19th, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here 
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
      Saturday, March 21st, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Mammal Heads Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
      Sunday, March 22nd,12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
      Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Svengali, and the Sexual Anxieties of the Anti-Semite: 16 mm Screening, with a short introduction by Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz as well as Trilby-themed cocktails and pre- and post-screening 78 records on the Victrola 
      Tuesday, April 14th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman. 
      Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    The Pantheon for the Counts of Buenavista in Malaga: Guest Post by Felipe Trigo Redondo


    Our friend Felipe Trigo Redondo (aka "Kaiser Noir")--historian, tour guide, co-organizer of the Barcelona Congress of Curious Peoples and director of Kriminal Kabarett--just sent in the following guest post about, in his own words, "the most spectacular piece of funerary art from all the Spanish Baroque era: the Pantheon for the Counts of Buenavista!" All photos by Angel Trullen; hope you enjoy!
    The Pantheon for the Counts of Buenavista in Malga
    By Felipe Trigo Redondo
    On a journey to Andalusia, the extreme south of the Iberian peninsula, the traveler will always be surrounded by the echoes of an astounding past, between the brightness of transcendental moments for the whole humanity (the superb arts patronized by the Arabian princes and the strength of the poets from the 20th century) and the darkness of terrible cataclysms, such as the medieval wars, the coming of the Inquisition and the "last Crusade": the Spanish Civil War.

    Malaga, founded by the Phoenicians and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean, is the paradigm of this tragic sense of life in this land praised during Antiquity as the end of the world, the country beyond the Pillars of Hercules. Indeed, the death is omnipresent in the religious beliefs and thoughts of the Andalusian people. We are going to see in depth how these people expressed this collective state of mind during the end of the 17th century, introducing the most spectacular piece of funerary art from all the Spanish Baroque era: the Pantheon for the Counts of Buenavista.

    Before the catastrophic fall of Malaga in 1487 (the Christians enslaved all the Muslim inhabitants in the city) the king Fernando V settled his military quarters outside the city walls. After the defeat of the Muslims, this place was consecrated to Our Lady of Victory ("Nuestra Señora de la Victoria") and soon a sanctuary was built to commemorate this day. Malaga, would never recover its former splendor as the main port for the kingdom of Granada. Towards the middle of the 17th century, the disastrous wars for the Spanish monarchy, the economic crisis, plagues and famines devastated the country. This dramatic situation shaped the spirit of pessimism that influenced arts and literature during this time, which was paradoxically, the Golden Age for the Spanish culture.
    The church of "Nuestra Señora de la Victoria," built in the Gothic style, was almost ruined in 1680. However, this religious complex would achieve its definitive glory due to the intervention of Juan Francisco Guerrero y Chavarino (1660-1699) a banker from a family of merchants. He supported the Spanish monarchy with his own funds and, for this reason, was appointed governor of Antequera and then ennobled and named count of Buenavista. With an immense fortune, he settled in Malaga to live in a luxurious palace which is today the Pablo Picasso Museum.

    As a new aristocrat, he joined the tradition of the most powerful men in Andalucia, being the patron of the sanctuary of "Nuestra Señora de la Victoria," restoring the temple and building his extraordinary museum under the apotheosis of the Virgin. Following the structure of a tower, the count placed his tomb in the lowest level, an oratory in the middle and the sacred chamber for the Virgin on the top, as the church's main altar. This work forms a whole masterpiece as a total allegory of death and resurrection. It is also a political manifesto as a victory against the Devil and the enemies for the Catholic Church.
    The pantheon itself is an esoteric treatise carved in stone. The vault is sustained by two massive columns, the symbolic connection between the afterlife and the Paradise. The decoration is extremely complex. The figures in plaster were executed under the direction of Felipe de Unzurrunzaga (1654-1740), the most important Baroque architect in the city of Malaga. He began this work in 1689, under the influence of the macabre art from the funerary chapels in Messina and Palermo, two cities already visited by him and then under Spanish control. A constellation of skulls and bones shines in the black ceiling, while a grotesque Spanish version of the European "Totentanz", the Dance of Death, occupies the walls. All the topics on death in the literature of the Spanish Golden age (very usual for writers as Quevedo, Calderón de la Barca, Gracián) are encircling the tombs for the count and his wife. We also can see the Roman "Parcae,” female personifications of Destiny, often called the Fates in English. The skeletons are holding mirrors to reflect the mortality and the last fate of humankind.
    In the words of Juan Temboury (an historian who studied in depth this church) the pantheon for the counts of Buenavista is the definitive depiction of the three states or ages which every human being should follow, from penitence and abstinence to the absolute vision of God. The sumptuous figures in the tombs, dressed in the lavish courtesan fashion, are portraits of the young counts praying in the darkness. This is a perfect example of two literary topics: "Tempus Fugit" and "Carpe Diem" because, despite his economic power and splendorous style of life, the count died quite young, just after the completion of his mausoleum. A gilded cross was erected between the two aristocrats, symbolizing the path to salvation through the Christian alchemy, from the absolute darkness to the divine gold.
    Leaving the tenebrous vault, the visitor takes the staircase to the oratory (a chapel of severe austerity) and then the Virgin’s sacred chamber, where a Gothic German sculpture of Holy Mary presides the scene. Here, the sacred trip is completed for the devout souls of the count and his wife, ascending to the ecstasy in the contemplation of God’s Mother. The decoration is an absolute catharsis in baroque style, with elements from botanic and heraldic inspiration (the imperial coat of the Spanish monarchy is also included). This is an extraordinary ensemble which has been identified as the Virgin’s garden in Heaven. The mirrors are also present, but this time reflecting the light of immortality, in an explosion of the last possibilities of baroque art, a genuine Spanish style called “churrigueresco.” This triumph over Death and the demonic forces of sin is a parallel version of Saint James enthroned in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, also in the same style “churrigueresco.”
    Death was always present in the collective conscience of the Andalusian people. The pantheon for the counts of Buenavista is the last jewel of Spanish funerary baroque, preceded by the morbid paintings by Claudio Coello in the “Hospital de la Caridad” in Sevilla, also a religious foundation sustained by a wealthy merchant. Today, the pantheon is being discovered by curious travelers from around the world and they even have the possibility to visit the crypt during the night by candlelight, as did the count himself, contemplatin the realms of death. This place has been chosen as one of the marvels in the city of Malaga by art connoisseurs and photographers, as Malaga is reaching more and more notoriety for its cultural activity and its iconic museums and collections. 

    Sunday, January 18, 2015

    Collector's Cabinet Exhibition and Preview Party! The Anatomy of Hysteria! Svengali (1931) 16mm Screening with Victrola! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy



    We have exciting news and many new events to announce!

    Fist, please note that the exhibition space will be closed through Saturday January 24th as we install our next exhibition The Collector's Cabinet. This exhibition--on view through March 29, 2015--will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects hidden in private collections, with captions written by the collectors themselves.
    Our first iteration will feature a dozens of astounding, rarely scene curiosities drawn from the holdings of nearly thirty private collectors. Just a few of the artifacts you will see: a two-faced kitten prepared by eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter (top image); an enormous 16th century painting depicting a witches' gathering (second image down); The 5-volume Physica Sacra (third image down), a lavishly illustrated 18th century extravaganza of art, science, mysticism, and all worldly knowledge; sacred heart devotional artifacts; Weimar erotica; 19th century spirit photos; 19th century danse macabre figures; a human tattoo in a jar; and much, much more! To find out more, click here.
    The exhibit will launch this Friday, January 23rd with a special preview party in which many collectors will be on hand to introduce and activate their incredible pieces. Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy founder, co-author of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy) will introduce us to Carol Holzner and her Walter Potter two-faced kitten. Evan Michelson (Obscura Antiques, Oddities) will share the surprising and inspiring tale of Georges’s prosthetic arms. Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Board Chair) will page through her phenomenal Physica Sacra. Mike Zohn (Obscura Antiques, Oddities) will share the fascinating history of his anthropomorphic squirrel fairground scene once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; Ryan Cohn (Oddities) will demonstrate the inner workings of an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation. There will also be wine and cheese, music by DJ in residence Friese Undine, and a slideshow of photos by Joanna Ebenstein of extraordinary private collections from around the world. More info--and tickets--can be found here.
     

    We also have scores of other wonderful upcoming events, a full list of which follows. We very much hope to see you at one or more!
    If you like what we do, please consider becoming a member (with all that entails) by clicking here, or making a tax deductible donations via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council here.

    NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
    • Winged Rats and Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
      Sunday, February 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Mammal Heads Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato.
      Sunday, March 22nd,12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman.
      Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here

    IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
    • Shrouds Then and Now: An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments. An Illustrated Lecture by Amy Cunningham 
      Monday, January 19, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Miniatures, Models, and Magic in Ancient Egypt An Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vitali 
      Thursday, January 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • 2-Faced Kittens and Exploded Human Skeletons: The Morbid Anatomy Collector's Cabinet Preview Party: Exclusive preview and wine and cheese reception with collectors and curators demonstrating and sharing their pieces 
      Friday, January 23, 8PM, $40/$25 Members, Tickets (and more info) here

    HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVNETS
    • Shrouds Then and Now: An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments. An Illustrated Lecture by Amy Cunningham 
      Monday, January 19, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Miniatures, Models, and Magic in Ancient Egypt An Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vitali Thursday, January 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • 2-Faced Kittens and Exploded Human Skeletons: The Morbid Anatomy Collector's Cabinet Preview Party: Exclusive preview and wine and cheese reception with collectors and curators demonstrating and sharing their pieces Friday, January 23, 8PM, $40/$25 Members, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here  
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class: Night Time Edition
      Thursday, January 29th, 7pm-10.30pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets (and more info)
       here
    • Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Sharrona Pearl, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
      Tuesday, February 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II: The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
      Saturday, February 7th, 11am - 6pm, $150 and includes admission to the Art of Mourning, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Morbid Curiosity : A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night One Year Anniversary Party!
      Tuesday, February 10th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part III: Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
      Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Tottenham Ayatollah: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronsonauthor of ThePsychopath TestNight 5 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures” 
      Thursday, February 12th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) 
      here 
    • Friday the 13th : A Celebration of Superstitions Web Series Screening, Lecture and Launch Party with Morbid Anatomy Film-maker in Residence Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America
      Friday, February 13th, 8pm, $13, Tickets (and more info) 
      here ($20 for Double Feature with Love Cults Valentine's Day Lecture, February 14)
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop: Valentine Day's Special with Daisy Tainton
      Saturday, February 14th, 1 – 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Love Cults, Drugs and the Hypnotic Arts: A Valentine's Day Illustrated Lecture and Rare Film Screening with Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic and Grand Guiginol
      Saturday February 14th, 8pm,
       $12, Tickets (and more info) here ($20 for Double Feature with Superstition Party, February 13)
    • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Death Through the Microscope: La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Science Artist Mara G. Haseltine
      Monday February 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Abandoned NYC: A Presentation by Urban Explorer Will Ellis
      Wednesday, February 18th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • The American Tattooed Ladies: 1840-2015: An Illustrated Lecture with Anni Irish
      Thursday, February 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
    • Boneyards: A Solo Performance by Jeffrey Stanley
      Friday February 20th, Friday February 27th, Friday March 6th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Winged Rats and Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
      Sunday, February 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Ethel Spector Person: Exploring the Intersection of Love, Sex, Power and Gender: An Illustrated Lecture with Jennifer McGillan, Archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library of Columbia University Medical Center
      Tuesday, March 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here
    • Whimsical Taxidermy in 19th Century Design: An Illustrated Lecture and Show and Tell with John Whiteknight, author Under Glass, introduced and Moderated by Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
      Thursday, March 19th, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
      here 
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
      Saturday, March 21st, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Mammal Heads Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
      Sunday, March 22nd,12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
      Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Svengali, and the Sexual Anxieties of the Anti-Semite: 16 mm Screening, with a short introduction by Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz as well as Trilby-themed cocktails and pre- and post-screening 78 records on the Victrola 
      Tuesday, April 14th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman. 
      Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here
    Images: 
    1. Two-faced kitten prepared by the famously eccentric 19th century taxidermist Walter Potter; from the collection of Carol Holzner. Photo: Chris Bradley
    2. The Witches' Cove, Follower of Jan Mandijn (16th Century), oil on panel; from the collection of Jennifer Butkevich
    3. Homo ex Humo ('man from the ground', or 'dust'), Johannes Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra; from the collection of Tracy Hurley Martin
    4. Sacré-Coeur de Jésus, anonymous, French? 18th century, embossed metallic gold and red felt over embossed die-cut linen card, Collection of Peter N. Névraumont