Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seeking Attribution for Wax Dying Christ Figure

The photo above of what appears to be a wax dying Christ was taken on a trip to Europe in 1994. I am not sure where, but might well have been Austria or Germany. If anybody knows from whence it came, we would be most grateful if you'd let us know! Email joanna [at] morbidanatomymuseum [dot] org with any leads!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant and Procession! Isadora Duncan at Greenwood Cemetery! Call for Dilettanti Collectors! Morbid Anatomy News and Events

We have many wonderful goings on this week at Morbid Anatomy, but first, a special alert: Morbid Anatomy is currently seeking a 2011 or later model Macbook laptop in order to upgrade our A/V system. Donor will receive a one-year membership. If you can help, please email cristina [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org!

AND: to all you collectors out there: if you are interested in participating in our Dilettanti Society show and tell happy hour (here for previous incarnation), please email info@morbidanatomymuseum.org, subject line: Dilettanti!

For new events this week: First up is an official save the date for our First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant and Procession; we are still accepting proposals for short works for this event, responding to the ideas relating to the Gowanus Canal or saints (Sunday, August 16; more here). We also have Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film! (Wednesday, December 2nd, more here).

And, if taxidermy is your thing, we have a number of excellent newly announced Divya Anantharaman classes to choose from: Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) (Saturday, September 12th, more here); English Sparrow (Sunday, September 13th, more here); Fancy Chicken (with Katie Innamorato; Sunday, September 20th; more here); Anthropomorphic Rabbit (Saturday, October 3rd; more here); and Archaeopteryx, Microraptors and Hopeful Monsters - Rogue Taxidermy Bird Dinosaur class (Sunday, October 4th, more here)

We have a number of excellent events taking place this very week, beginning with Movie Mike presenting Bluebeard (1944) with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris on real 16mm (Tuesday, July 28th, more here) followed by Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning as part of "Common Shade" at Greenwood Cemetery (Wednesday, July 29; more here); 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' with Romany Reagan Wednesday, July 29th, SOLD OUT); The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents with Patent Attorney Eric Indin (Thursday, July 30th; more here); Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Saturday, August 1st. SOLD OUT; and Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Sunday, August 2; more here).

If you want to avoid sold out events, and get early access to our August 30 flea market, become a member today! Besides early entry and advance notice of events, members also enjoy discounted admissions and unlimited free museum entry. Find out more here.

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

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

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 IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
    Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning at Greenwood Cemetery
    Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/Member $20 OFFSITE at Greenwood Cemetery, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
    Wednesday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (more info here).
  • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library: Prepared Skulls of Tribal Oceanic and African Culture with Special Guest Cole Harrell 
    POSTPONED Thursday, July 30th,  6pm - 8pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here.
  • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
    Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
  • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
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    NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
    • SAVE THE DATE First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant and Procession, Sunday, August 16
      Currently seeking short pieces--talks, performances, screenings, spectacles--responding to the ideas relating to the Gowanus Canal or saints. More here.
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, September 12th, 10pm - 6 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here.
    • English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, September 13th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $195. Tickets and more info here.
    • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato
      Sunday, September 20th, 12 pm to 7:30 pm, $400. Tickets and more info here.

      Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, October 3rd, 10 am - 7 pm, $300. Tickets and more info here
    • Archaeopteryx, Microraptors and Hopeful Monsters - Rogue Taxidermy Bird Dinosaur class with Divya Annantharaman
      Sunday, October 4th, 12 pm - 6:30 pm, $180. Tickets and more info here.
    • Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!  
      Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
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    ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
    • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
      Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' : An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
      Wednesday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • Common Shade: Catherine Gallant on Isadora Duncan’s Dances of Mourning at Greenwood Cemetery
      Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, $25/Member $20 OFFSITE at Greenwood Cemetery, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library: Prepared Skulls of Tribal Oceanic and African Culture with Special Guest Cole Harrell 
      POSTPONED Thursday, July 30th,  6pm - 8pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here.
    • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
      Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
    • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
      Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
    • Dead and Lovely: An Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Harper, All the Saints You Should Know.
      Thursday, August 6th, 8pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
    • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
      Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
      Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
      Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Party with Harold Schechter.
      Monday, August 10th, 8pm, $5, Tickets and more info here.
    • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
      Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20, Tickets (and more info) here** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)
    • Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
      Thursday, August 13th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • SAVE THE DATE First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant and Procession, Sunday, August 16
      Currently seeking short pieces--talks, performances, screenings, spectacles--responding to the ideas relating to the Gowanus Canal or saints. More here.
    • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
      Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Book Party for "The Zombie of Great Peru," by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, translated by Doug Skinner
      Thursday, August 20th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
      Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party
      Saturday, August 29th, 8pm, $20/$15 for members, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House
      August 30th, 12 - 6 pm (Members get 11:00 AM entry) at The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, a block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum). More info here.
    • Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed, an Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner 
      Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, September 12th, 10pm - 6 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here.
    • English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, September 13th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $195. Tickets and more info here.
    • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato
      Sunday, September 20th, 12 pm to 7:30 pm, $400. Tickets and more info here.
    • Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle
      Tuesday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital 
      Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye 
      Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead: An Illustrated Lecture with Evan Michelson.
      Friday, October 2nd, 8pm, $15 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
    • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, October 3rd (DAY), 10 am - 7 pm, $300. Tickets and more info here
    • Propaganda Magazine Party with Fred Berger.  
      Saturday, October 3rd (EVE), 8pm, $25 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
    • Archaeopteryx, Microraptors and Hopeful Monsters - Rogue Taxidermy Bird Dinosaur class with Divya Annantharaman
      Sunday, October 4th, 12 pm - 6:30 pm, $180. Tickets and more info here.
    • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
      Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
      Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! 
      Monday, October 26th, 8pm, $12, SOLD OUT (and more info) here.
    • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
      Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!. 
      Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
    Image: Saint Sebastian (left) and Saint Florian (right). Oil painting by an Austrian painter, 18th (?) century. Wellcome Library.

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    How to Kill an Animal Humanely: Guest Post by Michael Sappol, National Library of Medicine


    Below is a guest post by our good friend Michael Sappol, author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies, curator of Dream Anatomy, and historian at The National Library of Medicine. It was originally posted on their wonderful Circulating Now blog.
    Is empathy innate? Are we all born with the ability to identify with the emotions of others, to feel someone else’s pain? Today’s media is chock full of stories about experiments in neuroscience and child psychology that seem to show that the emergence and growth of the ability to empathize is a natural part of human psychological development, present even in toddlers.

    Yet human beings periodically commit terrible acts of cruelty and violence, and are often indifferent to suffering. What if the development of empathy is a precious and fragile cultural accomplishment, something that has developed in fits and starts over time, in certain historical moments, in certain places, among certain people? Maybe most people have the ability to empathize, but what if empathy is a set of practices and beliefs that have to be learned and cultivated in order for individuals to exercise it? Those practices and beliefs would, of necessity, only fully develop in a society that has come to place a high value on empathy, that formally and informally rewards empathic behavior and punishes cruelty and indifference, a society that devotes resources to teaching, rehearsing and developing methods of empathy.

    How to Kill Animals Humanely is a relic of the history of empathy. English-speaking people originally used the terms “human” and “humane” interchangeably, merely to distinguish human beings from other “brute” animal species. Sometime in the early 18th century, “humane” began to have a special use: to denote a compassionate, caring attitude toward the suffering of other humans and animals, a profound sensitivity that was both a moral obligation and a psychological condition. The word “humane” increasingly came to be used in opposition to “inhumane,” a term that was applied to acts of cruelty to other living beings, and to the people who took pleasure in inflicting suffering or who were just callously indifferent. In the 19th century, “humane” societies were founded to “prevent cruelty,” first to animals (and later to children), first in Great Britain and then in the United States.
    This pamphlet, a publication of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), is both a polemic against “needless cruelty” and a handy guide for those who are obliged to slaughter animals for food, medical research, or—in the case of injured or ailing animals—for purposes of euthanasia. “If you must kill them, do it without cruelty. Every animal has a right to justice and protection at the hands of the superior animal—man….” (This was very unlike contemporary antivivisectionism and vegetarianism, and later People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which absolutely opposed the slaughter of animals, and which criticized the very notion of human moral superiority.)

    The author, Dr. Daniel Denison Slade, was a socially prominent surgeon and veterinarian, founder of the Boston Veterinary Institute, professor of applied zoology at Harvard, director of the MSPCA, and a man of many other interests. Being a veterinarian of longstanding practice, Dr. Slade was an expert on animal slaughter. In his little pamphlet he considers how “the Jews,” Germans, French and Dutch do their killing, but in the end makes his own recommendations, supplemented by helpful illustrations. Ways to kill animals “in the most humane manner possible,” must vary according to the varying anatomical structure of different species: horses, cows, dogs, pigs, cats, poultry, Dr. Slade tells us. Even fish should be killed humanely. For most mammals, the creature should receive powerful blows to the head with a mallet— precisely where depends on the species and individual beast—stunning the animal into unconsciousness, and then finishing it off with more blows or a bullet or a blast from a shotgun. Slade also considers other techniques to lessen the suffering, even chloroform. But he warns against “pithing” a method “commonly in vogue,” in which the “spinal cord is severed or punctured between the first and second bones of the neck.” Such an approach, he worries, is “undoubtedly attended by more suffering than other methods.”

    Although humane techniques of slaughter may require some practice to get right and a bit more work, Slade argues, they can also improve “the wholesomeness of meat for food, and the market value of the animal slaughtered; there being no question as to the effects of torture, cruelty and fear upon the secretions, and if upon the secretions, necessarily upon the flesh.” He finishes the pamphlet with a long listing of the mission and accomplishments of the MSPCA (including the provision to Boston police stations of “hammers and hoods for killing horses mercifully”), followed by the Society’s “thirty-nine articles of faith” and a fee schedule for membership.

    Read other How To… features from the NLM Collections here.
    Michael Sappol is a historian in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine.
    Image List
    1. How to Kill Animals Humanely, 1879. By D. D. Slade, M. D. 
    2. A longitudinal section of the skull of a horse. Original caption: Situation of the brain. Fig. 1 
    3. A drawing of a horse's head indicating where the humane stunning blow should fall. Original Caption The horse may be destroyed by blows upon the head, by the bullet, or by chloroform.1. by blows.– Having blindfolded the horse, the operator, armed with a heavy axe or hammer, should stand upon the side and to the front of the anumal, directing his blow to a point in the middle of a line drawn across the forehead from the dentere of the pit above the eye. See Fig. 2. One vigorous and well-directed blow will fell the animal, but the blow should be repeated to make destruction sure.
    4. A longitudinal section of the skull of a cow.
    5. A drawing of a cow's head indicating where the humane stunning blow should fall.  Page 9…vessels, or by plunging a long and sharp-pointed knife into the heart and large blood-vessels at a point corresponding to the upper potion of the brisket, and just above the breast-bone.
      Failure to fell the animal at the first blow cannot be attributed to any difference in the anatomical structure of the part, but rather to the fact that the blow was ill-directed, almost invariably too low, that it was not sufficiently powerful, or that both of these faults were combined.
    6. "Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith". D. D. (Daniel Denison) Slade (1823–1896), How to Kill Animals Humanely (Boston: Issued by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, [1879?]). 15 pp., illustrated. 4” x 6½”.
    7. "Rates of Membership". D. D. (Daniel Denison) Slade (1823–1896), How to Kill Animals Humanely (Boston: Issued by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, [1879?]). 15 pp., illustrated. 4” x 6½”.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    New Flea Market with Early Access for Members! Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine! Historical Letterpress Workshop! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

    We have many wonderful goings on this week at Morbid Anatomy, including several newly announced events: First up is our next Dilettanti Society Happy Hour with cocktails by Art in the Age; this iteration will showcase Oceanic and Tribal Art expert Cole Harrell, who will be sharing artifacts relating to the use of the human skull in mourning rituals around the world (Thursday, July 30th; more here.) You also won't want to miss Elizabeth Harper of the fabulous All The Saints You Should Know blog giving a talk on "two famous poets, two enigmatic dead women... and two moonlit cemeteries with busted locks." (Thursday, August 6th; more here).

    We also also very excited to announce our final Summer Flea Market which, due to last month's overwhelming turnout, we'll be holding around the corner at The Bell House on August 30th, 12 - 6 pm (11-6 for Members; More here). This means more tables, more vendors, shorter lines, air conditioning, and cocktails! If you want to avoid the lines entirely and get access to the Flea for an entire hour before the general public, become a Morbid Anatomy Member! Memberships begin at only $50 a year and also provide unlimited museum entry, early notification of events, and special discounts on events and parties. You can become a member by clicking here.

    For this week's events, tickets are still available for Sunday's Letterpress printing using historical machines and type at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze (Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard; more here). All other events this week are sold out.

    And for a special alert: Morbid Anatomy is seeking donation of a 2011 or later model Macbook laptop in order to upgrade our A/V system. Donor will receive a one-year membership. If you can help, please email cristina [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org.
     
    Also, we hope you'll save the date for our upcoming First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant and Procession taking place on Sunday, August 16. For this event, we are currently seeking short pieces--talks, performances, screenings, spectacles--responding to the ideas evoked by the Gowanus Canal or saints. You can find out more here.

    We also have a special alert: Morbid Anatomy is seeking donation of a 2011 or later model Macbook laptop in order to upgrade our A/V system. Donor will receive a one-year membership. If interested, please email cristina [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org.
    We do hope you'll stop by to see our fabulous new exhibition "Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular," curated by our friend Stephen Romano with its heady blend of historical, "Outsider”, and Visionary art, along with contemporary works, vintage books, vernacular photography, folk sculpture, spirit photography (see above), and many surprises. You can find out more--and see many amazing images!--by clicking here. You can also read pieces about it in Hi-Fructose, Laughing Squid, and Beautiful Bizarre.
     
    There is also still time to enter our special fundraising raffle, where you have a chance to win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.

    And one final word: we wish to extend a special Thank You to all those who presented, attended, dressed up, performed and/or came to raise a glass with us as we celebrated our first birthday this weekend! You can see photos from the epic and wonderful day- and night-long event by clicking here.
     
    List of events follows. Hope to see you at one or more!

    IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan. 
      Tuesday, July 21st, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine, An Illustrated Lecture with Mark W Green MD, FAAN Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine 
      Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm - 10pm, SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, July 25th, 12pm - 6pm, $250 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • Letterpress Workshop at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press.
      Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard, $85/ $65 for members, Tickets and more information here.
    • Rat/Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, July 26th, 12pm - 6pm, $200 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
    • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library: Prepared Skulls of Tribal Oceanic and African Culture with Special Guest Cole Harrell .
      Thursday, July 30th,  6pm - 8pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here.
       
    • Dead and Lovely: An Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Harper, All the Saints You Should Know.
      Thursday, August 6th, 8pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.
    • Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House
      August 30th, 12 - 6 pm at The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, a block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum). More info here.
    ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious': An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan. 
      Tuesday, July 21st, 8pm - 10pm, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Placebos, Nocebos and Voodoo Medicine, An Illustrated Lecture with Mark W Green MD, FAAN Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine 
      Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm - 10pm, SOLD OUT (info here).
    • Jackalope Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, July 25th, 12pm - 6pm, $250 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • Letterpress Workshop at Woodside Press Studio with Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press.
      Sunday, July 26th, 2pm - 5 pm, OFFSITE: The Brooklyn Navy Yard, $85/ $65 for members, Tickets and more information here.
    • Rat/Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, July 26th, 12pm - 6pm, $200 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Movie Mike Presents : Morbid Movie Madness - Bluebeard with John Carradine as the serial strangler of women in old Paris in 16mm!
      Tuesday, July 28th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • 'The Gothic Sensibility: Victorian 'Gloomths' and the Contemporary 'Death Curious' : An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan 
      Friday, July 29th, 8pm, $8, SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour Presented by Art in the Age: Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library: Prepared Skulls of Tribal Oceanic and African Culture with Special Guest Cole Harrell .
      Thursday, July 30th,  6pm - 8pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here.
    • The Even More Disturbing and Absurd World of Medical Patents: An Illustrated Lecture with Eric Indin, Registered Patent Attorney. 
      Thursday, July 30th,  8pm - 10pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT ( info here)
    • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
      Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
    • Dead and Lovely: An Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Harper, All the Saints You Should Know.
      Thursday, August 6th, 8pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.
    • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
      Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
    • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
      Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
      Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Party with Harold Schechter.
      Monday, August 10th, 8pm, $5, Tickets and more info here.
    • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
      Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20
      , Tickets (and more infohere** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)
    • Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!Thursday, August 13th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
      Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Book Party for "The Zombie of Great Peru," by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, translated by Doug Skinner
      Thursday, August 20th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
      Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
      Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, SOLD OUT (more info here).
    • Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party
      Saturday, August 29th, 8pm, $20/$15 for members, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House
      August 30th, 12 - 6 pm at The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, a block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum). More info here.
    • Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed, an Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner 
      Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle
      Tuesday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital 
      Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye 
      Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead: An Illustrated Lecture with Evan Michelson.
      Friday, October 2nd, 8pm, $15 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
    • Propaganda Magazine Party with Fred Berger. 
      Saturday, October 3rd, 8pm, $25 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
    • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
      Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
      Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! 
      Monday, October 26th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
    • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
      Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
    Image: "Spirit photo, c. 1860 - 1880, from "Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular" curated by Stephen Romano, on view through October 15.

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Panoptikum - Grand Musée Anatomique: Touring Historical Anatomy Museum Seeks Funding!

    I have just been alerted to an exciting new touring historical anatomical museum now seeking funding. Their project description follows; you can find out more--and make a contribution!--by clicking here. You can visit them on Facebook here. Thanks so much to Morbid Anatomy Reporter at Large Eric Huang for sending this my way!
    Historical Anatomy Museum
    Please contribute to help preserve the historical traveling medical and anatomy museum know as Panoptikum - Grand Musée Anatomique.

    The "panoptikum," a display where the exhibits surround the observer, is one of the oldest kinds of fairground attractions.

    Be it a waxwork display, sideshow or a traveling museum - the panoptikum was not only entertainment but also had an educational aspect.

    With today's fun-fairs, carnivals and amusement parks focused of the thrill aspects of mega-rides the classic fun-fair museum show has faded into the background and is now seldom seen .

    Paradox Sideshows has resurrected the traditional traveling museum show with Panoptikum -Grand Musée Anatomique but needs help in restoring and preserving one of the last remaining inventories of an historical aanatomy and medical museum.

    The approximately 200 exhibits - including medical wax models (known traditionally as moulage), medical and pathological specimens, anatomical curiosities and much more - from which the vast majority has an age of more than 80 years, are unique and rare.
    In their restored and conserved status they are a historic artifacts of both the fairground and medical education.

    It is all the more pleasing that these historical rarities be on public display and not - as various other pieces of this kind - in the basements of private collectors or buried in the archives of medical institutions.

    In 2014 Paradox Sideshows began to again present some of these exhibits to the public at festivals and fairs.

    The long-term preservation of the Panoptikum: Grand Musée Anatomique is in need of active support!

    Although many of the museum exhibits are in an unusually good condition for their age there are many that need much more work for restoration and preservation. That the costly restoration can be achieved by museum admission fees alone seems unlikely..

    For this reason we have decided to create fund-raising web-page, just as numerous cultural museums and companies have done, and offer the opportunity to provide financial support of a long-term existence of Panoptikum -Grand Musée Anatomique.

    As important as supporting the traveling museum Panoptikum via "online crowd funding"is traditional "live crowd funding", that is to say, people visiting the museum at fairs and festivals during the season 2015 and beyond. Only in this way can this historical fairground exhibit be preserved for future generations.

    The Panoptikum -Grand Musée Anatomique is presented by PARADOX SIDESHOW. As one of the last great sideshow companies in Europe, PARADOX SIDESHOW & MISTER MILLER'S SHOW preserves and presents the living tradition of classic fairground sideshows, variety entertainments and oddity exhibits. 

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Call for Works: The First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant

    The First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant Call for Works
    Sunday, August 16th

    We are seeking short pieces--talks, performances, screenings, spectacles--for Gowanus Canal and Saint-themed event taking place on Sunday August 16th to benefit the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

    Details follow below. If you are interested, please email your proposal or area of interest to laetitia [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org or joanna [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org.

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    On Sunday, August 16th, please join us for what we hope will be the first annual pageant honoring Saint Florian, patron saint of flooding and firemen. Gowanus residents are keenly aware that our livelihoods rely on the Gowanus Canal not overflowing its banks. By creating a new ritual to honor and assuage Saint Florian, we can both draw attention to this predicament and develop new rituals to serve as a basis for a new community, all with a sense of whimsy and spectacle.

    The pageant will begin with a procession in which we will carry a papier mâché effigy of The Saint along with (we hope) a band from the museum to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court on Union Street (about a 10 minute walk). A few words will be said about the ritual, and our new genesis myth for the Gowanus will be articulated.

    At the Shuffleboard Court, a fictional graduate student will present a short illustrated lecture tracing the pageant back to a its also fictional 19th century Gowanus roots. Following will be a Gowanus-themed variety show with a number of short presentations and performances, and a party where guests are invited to come in costumes inspired by ideas of the Gowanus.

    This is a call for short works for the party. Pieces should run 5-20 minutes of length, and respond (in at least a vague way) the idea of the Gowanus Canal or the procession itself. The monstrous, the mutated, the polluted, the toxic, the abject, aquatic life, industrial throughways, lost causes, mob deaths, gonorrhea, gentrification, ritual, religion, folklore, martyrdom, the spectacular… the list goes on. Works could be talks, performances, screenings, spectacles, projections, and more. The venue has a projector, and we will be given a small stage. We also need help with sets, props and costumes for the procession, so if you are interested in that, let us know!

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    Physiological Ads for the Modern Self: Guest Post by Michael Sappol


    Below is a guest post on anatomical modernist Fritz Kahn and "Physiological Ads for the Modern Self" by our good friend Michael Sappol, author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies, curator of Dream Anatomy, and historian at the National Library of Medicine. It was originally posted on their wonderful Circulating Now blog.
    Fritz Kahn (1888–1968), a German-Jewish physician-author, was the first great exponent of the conceptual medical illustration—illustrations that go beyond the representation of human anatomy to visually explain processes that occur within the human body. His published works, aimed at a mass readership, contain thousands of imaginative images, produced by a cadre of talented commercial artists. In Kahn’s Das Leben des Menschen (5 vols., 1922–31), many of the illustrations copy the look of contem­porary advertisement, with display type, sub­headings, physically attractive models, etc. But they are not intended to sell a product: instead the human body, its structure and functions, are what’s advertised. 
    In Der Mensch Gesund und Krank (2 vols., 1939) the figures are mainly given a standard format that no longer permits headline-style display type within the frame of the illustration. This greater design consistency made for a more streamlined modern look. But Kahn never fully embraced consistency in presentation: he and his artists still eclectically borrowed from a variety of advertising design and illustration methods and subjects.That approach was not invented by Kahn and his artists. Anti-tuberculosis, pure food, sani­tary cleanliness and anti-venereal dis­ease cam­paigns before, during and after World War I, were already using tech­niques of adver­tis­ing, with varying degrees of artfulness, in Germany, France, Great Britain, the United States and other coun­tries. But in Kahn’s books lessons on anatomy, physiology, microbiology and path­ology take center-stage without any directly instrumental purpose. 
    Take for example “The Sensory Organs of the Head,” which uses the encircled face of a beautiful woman to present a lesson on cellular physiology and the senses. The setting is the home (then accounted as “woman’s sphere”). Haloed by a circular band around her head, the female figure resembles a Holly­wood starlet. Within the spotlight, her head is tilted back and lips parted slightly. The pose is ambivalent: Is she overwhelmed, frightened, on the edge of sexual arousal? None of these are particularly relevant to the lesson at hand, but all of them are relevant to the aims of the author and his artist, which is to get the reader to pay attention to the image. The illustration mimics con­tem­porary movie posters, glamor magazines and cosmetics ad­ver­tise­­ments. The glamor girl is bom­bard­ed with the prolife­rating sensual experi­ences of modern­ity. The spe­­cialized sensory re­ceptor cells seem to be shoot­ing out along radiating dashed line-tracks launched from the tech­nolo­gies, com­mod­i­ties and experiences of everyday life. Heat is repre­sen­t­ed by a steam radia­tor; sound by a phono­graph; light an electric lamp; cold a draft coming through an open win­dow. The cells, like futuristic aliens or sur­realist­ic­al­ly distorted spermatozoa, seem to be attacking, pushing to penetrate the protective circle to gain access to the female sub­ject and achieve “the reception of stimuli arising at a distance.”
    Everything about “The Sensory Organs of the Head” tells the reader that we are in the modern world, but the aesthetic of the image comes entirely out of commercial advertising, and not modern art. 
    In other illustrations, especially in the 1930s, Kahn’s artists were influenced by modern art and modernist poster and magazine advertisement. There was a two-way traffic in images: phar­ma­­ceutical manufac­turers were mak­ing illustr­ated ads that took up some of the same themes that Kahn fea­tured—images showing stylized interior pathways of the respiratory and digestive systems. A few years after the publication of Kahn’s 1926 color poster “Der Mensch als Industrie­pa­l­ast” (a collaboration with uncredited artist Fritz Schüler), Chem­ische Fabrik Promonta GmbH hired Kahn and Schüler to produce similar illustrations for advertisements for their pharmaceutical products. 
    The convergence of advertising illustration and fine art—the dynamic exchange of stylistic moves and aesthetic principles—is now so familiar to us, so pervasive, as to almost be invisible. We expect such things. But in the 1920s and ‘30s, this was something new and powerful, a way for Kahn, his artists, his readers—and commercial advertisers—to be modern and more modern still. Kahn’s images signify a condition of life and an aspiration: if humanity lived in the modern world of cars, machines, mass media, and proliferating advertisements, then such things were also inside of us. We are modern at the physiological core of embodied existence. 
    Michael Sappol is a historian in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. This blogpost is adapted from Michael Sappol’s new book, How to Get Modern with Scientific Illustration(forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press, 2016)
    Image List
    1. An illustration that adopts the form of an advertisement.
      “The digestive zones in this area are: saliva–alkaline; gastric juices–acidic; pancreatic secretions–alkaline; colonic fermentation–acidic.”
      Das Leben des Menschen Vol. 3, 1926
    2. “The sensory organs of the head, chiefly for reception of stimuli arising at a distance.”
      Der Mensch Gesund und Krank Vol. 1, 1939
    3. In its composition, shaded textures and treatment of the figure (the lips!), an illustration that looks very much like a contemporary poster graphic.
      “Four ways to deliver drugs” [oral, intravenous, intramuscular, suppository].
      Der Mensch Gesund und Krank Vol. 1, 1939