Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Paris Morgue as Portent and the Medical Museum as Threat in George du Maurier's Trilby, 1894

A few days ago, Resident Film Programmer and Arcane Media Specialist Joel Schlemowitz screened the 1931 film Svengali at The Morbid Anatomy Museum. Although the film had many charms, it left me yearning for the novel on which it was based, George du Maurier's Trilby, an instant sensation upon its publication as a serial in 1894. A wonderful (if flawed) book and hugely popular in its time, it is little read today, probably because of the overtly antisemitic character of Svengali, the infernal Jewish mesmerist and musical virtuoso who drives much of the stories action.

Despite this, there is much to recommend this strange and idiosyncratic book; although meandering and uneven, it is worth reading if only for the sequences which try to suggest the unimaginable and otherworldly beauty of "la Svengali's" voice. Also of note is the role played by the Paris Morgue, which acts as a kind of running theme and portent throughout the book, looming over the painters in their studio. At the time the action in the book takes place--the mid 19th century--the Paris Morgue was a popular tourist attraction, drawing crowds eager to view the bodies of the unclaimed dead which were laid out behind large plate glass windows, ostensibly for the purposes of identification. You can find out more about this phenomenon here.

As if all this were not good enough, there is an incredible moment in the book where Svengali torments our hapless heroine with whispered threats of putting her bones in a handsome case at the museum of the École de Médecine; the quote is a bit long, but worth including here in its entirety.

The quote follows; if you like what you read, I highly recommend giving the entire book a read! You can do so online by clicking here, or buy a copy of the book here.
"Ach, Drilpy," he would say, on a Sunday afternoon, "how beautiful you are! It drives me mad! I adore you. I like you thinner; you have such beautiful bones! Why do you not answer my letters?... What do you know of Monsieur Alfred de Musset? We have got a poet too, my Drilpy. His name is Heinrich Heine... He adores French grisettes. He married one. Her name is Mathilde, and she has got süssen füssen, like you. He would adore you too, for your beautiful bones; he would like to count them one by one, for he is very playful, like me. And, ach! what a beautiful skeleton you will make! And very soon, too, because you do not smile on your madly-loving Svengali... You shall have a nice little mahogany glass case all to yourself in the museum of the École de Médecine, and Svengali shall come in his new fur-lined coat, smoking his big cigar of the Havana, and push the dirty carabins out of the way, and look through the holes of your eyes into your stupid empty skull, and up the nostrils of your high bony sounding-board of a nose without either a tip or a lip to it, and into the roof of your big mouth, with your thirty-two big English teeth, and between your big ribs into your big chest, where the big leather lungs used to be, and say, 'Ach! what a pity she had no more music in her than a big tomcat!' And then he will look all down your bones to your poor crumbling feet, and say, 'Ach! what a fool she was not to answer Svengali's letters!' and the dirty carabins shall—"

 ... Then Svengali, scowling, would play Chopin's funeral march more divinely than ever; and where the pretty, soft part comes in, he would whisper to Trilby, "That is Svengali coming to look at you in your little mahogany glass case!"  
... Besides which, as he played the lovely melody he would go through a ghoulish pantomime, as though he were taking stock of the different bones in her skeleton with greedy but discriminating approval. And when he came down to the feet, he was almost droll in the intensity of his terrible realism. But Trilby did not appreciate this exquisite fooling, and felt cold all over.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend! Walter Potter Documentary! Svengali in 16 mm! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

First off, at long last, we have the final details for our Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend at the Vrolik Museum (pictured above)! Festivities will include a wax modeling (moulage) workshop with sculptor Eleanor Crook; a walking tour including stops at the 'Waag’ anatomical theatre and the Funeral Museum;  demonstrations of liquid anatomical specimen restoration and skeleton mounting; a museum tour focusing on 18th and 19th century forensic pathology; lectures about the amazing Anatomical Venus, the 19th century private Museum Vrolikianum and other private and public anatomical collections and panoptica; and exclusive back stage tours of the Vrolik’s storage rooms. You can find out more, and get tickets, here.

We also have two terrific events this very week; Tomorrow night--Tuesday, April 14th--we very much hope to see you at Svengali and the Sexual Anxieties of the Anti-Semite, featuring a screening of a 16 mm print of the 1931 film "Trilby" along with a short introduction by filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz; Trilby-themed cocktails; and pre- and post-screening 78 records on the Victrola. Tickets and more can be found here. And, this Saturday, April 18th, we hope you'll be able to make it to the New York City big screen premiere at Tribeca Film Festival of our film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, written and directed by our filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas, creator and director of The Midnight Archive. More on that can be found here.

Also, please note that there are less than five remaining tickets for our upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with chair Chloë Sevigny and sponsored by Hendrick's Gin, Six Point Brewery and Brooklyn Winery. It will also have food by Runner and Stone; performances by Play Dead's Todd Robbins; phonograph music by Mac of WFMU’s Ragged Antique Phonograph Program; auction items including an epic taxidermy tableau by Emily Binard as well as a behind the scenes golf cart tour of the Bronx Zoo; and floral arrangements by Emily Thompson flowers. You can find out more, and get tickets, here.

Thanks so much to all those who came out to the opening party for our new exhibition Do The Spirits Return? From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic this weekend! Those who attended got to enjoy liberal offerings from our friends at Hendrick's Gin, as well as surprise subcultural celebrity sightings. You can find out more about the exhibition, on view through January, here. You can also read a writeup on the exhibition in The New York Times by clicking here.

On which note: congratulations to our two taxidermists in residence--Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato--for their excellent writeup in the Metro section of yesterday's New York Times! You can read the piece by clicking here. 

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a non-profit, and, like most non-profits, we do not cover our overhead with revenue alone, but depend on donations and memberships to survive. If you appreciate what we do, please consider becoming a member or making a fully tax deductible donation today. Donations can be made here, and you can become a member--with assorted perks such as discounted admissions and free museum entry by clicking here.

Following is a full list of upcoming events; very much hope to see you at one or more!

IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 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  
    THIS Tuesday, April 14th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens at the TriBeCa Film Festival: The New York City big screen premiere of the Morbid Anatomy film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, directed and written by our filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas, creator and director of The Midnight Archive
    THIS Saturday, April 18, 5:30pm, OFFSITE: Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (102 North End Ave, New York, New York 10281); more here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    THIS Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman  
    THIS Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here

NEWLY ANNOUNCED
  • Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend at the Vrolik Museum
    Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17th. OFFSITE: The Vrolik Museum; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, €35 to €75, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Squirrel Shoulder Mount or Pedestal Mount Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, May 24th 12pm - 6pm, $275 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton.
    Saturday, June 13th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 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.
  • Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens at the TriBeCa Film FestivalThe New York City big screen premiere of the Morbid Anatomy film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, directed and written by our filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas, creator and director of The Midnight Archive
    Saturday, April 18, 5:30pm, OFFSITE: Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (102 North End Ave, New York, New York 10281); more 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
  • First Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with Honorary Chair Chloë Sevigny  Sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and Six Point Beer 
    Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 pm, Tickets: $250/$500, Tickets and more here
  • The Wilderness of Ruins: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer An Illustrated lecture with Roseanne Montillo
    Friday, April 24th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Shocked and Amazed: The Unseen Footage with Jeff Krulik, director of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" 
    Tuesday, April 28th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
     
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, May 2nd, 11 – 6 PM, $150 (Includes admission to The Morbid Anatomy Museum), Tickets (and more info) 
    here
     
  • Anatomy, Religion, and English Late-Medieval Carved Cadaver Sculptures with Dr. Christina Welch, senior lecturer at the University of Winchester, UK
    Thursday, May 7th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info 
    here
     
  • The X-Ray Audio Project: The Incredible Story of Bootleg Technology, Cold War Culture and Human Endeavour Lecture, screening and listening party with Stephen Coates of The Real Tuesday Weld and Aleks Kolkowsi
    Complementary cocktails provided by Art in the Age
    Friday, May 8th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Memento Mori: Book Launch and Lecture with Paul Koudounaris
    Saturday, May 9th, 8pm, FREE (limited seating), more info here 
  • The Mystique Boutique's Sideshow of Magic and Wonder "Ten-in-One" Variety Show. 
    Sunday, May 10th, 12pm - 6pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The American Tattooed Ladies: 1840-2015 An Illustrated Lecture with Anni Irish
    Tuesday, May 12th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info 
    here
  • Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend at the Vrolik Museum
    Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17th. OFFSITE: The Vrolik Museum; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, €35 to €75, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman 
    Saturday, May 16th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
  • English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, May 17th, 12pm - 6:30pm, $195 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
    Thursday, May 21st, 8pm, $8
    , SOLD OUT; STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL DATE
  • Mirror, Black Mirror: A Book Launch and Illustrated lecture with Artist Camille Rose Garcia 
    Friday, May 22nd,  8pm,  $5
    Tickets (and more info) here
  • Squirrel Shoulder Mount or Pedestal Mount Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, May 24th 12pm - 6pm, $275 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman
    Thursday, May 28th, 8pm, $8,
    SOLD OUT; STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL DATE
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Saturday, June 6th, 12pm - 7pm, $300 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Tarantula Preservation Class Thursday with Divya Anantharaman
    Thursday, June 18th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, $80 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
    Thursday, June 25th, 8pm, $8
    Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Sunday July 12th 12-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton. Saturday, June 13th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

15 Hours Left to Support "Moose Head Over the Mantel," New Film Inspired by The Fox Sisters, The Davenport Brothers, Spirtualism, and Lizzie Borden!

Following is a guest from our good friend Jane Rose, who is in the midst of fundraising for a fascinating sounding film project! You can read more here, and find out more about the project--and lend your support, which you can do only for the next 15 hours!--by clicking here.
Moose Head Over the Mantel, a feature length horror film that follows a family with a touch of “bad blood” in them over several murderous decades, is in its final days of fundraising on Indiegogo. The story is influenced and inspired by the lives of H. H. Holmes, The Bender Family, Lizzie Borden, Carl Panzram, The Fox Sisters and The Davenport Brothers, as well as the Spiritualism movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the rise of psychiatric pharmacology in the 1970s and ‘80s. And true to its title, it is told primarily from the perspective of a taxidermy moose head that hangs over the family’s mantel.
If this sounds like your kind of movie, please consider helping us out! This movie is produced by award-winning filmmakers Bryan Enk and Jessi Gotta through Inappropriate Films and is co-directed by Jane Rose (1880s), Matt Gray (1900s), Shannon K Hall (1920s), Jessi Gotta (1940s), Becky Comtois (1960s) and Bryan Enk (1980s). Morbid Anatomy fans will find a lot to like, including the central role of taxidermy and contributions from Morbid Anatomy friends Jane Rose (creator of the H P Lovecraft in Brooklyn tour, run through Morbid Anatomy) and Wilder Duncan, who made sure our star moose looks his best.

Fragments of Faith: Victorian Hairwork: A New Film by Ronni Thomas for Morbid Anatomy Museum Presents!

Below, film maker in residence Ronni Thomas--director of The Midnight Archive--introduces his newest film for our new Morbid Anatomy Museum Presents series, on Victorian hair art jewelry, with Karen Bachmann, teacher of our popular class on the same topic.

You can view the film above or by clicking here; Stay tuned for more episodes which will premiere monthly on our new You Tube channel, which can be found here!
Victorian Hair work was one of those things I just didn't 'get' at first... But I looked into it anyway. Karen Bachmann is a friend, colleague and fellow NYC born reformed (to some degree) street punk, and happens to be the authority on the subject, combining academic knowledge with charm and flair... It wasn't until I screened the film for my sister in law that I finally 'got it'. She has no specific interest in the morbid or the tragically designed, but she reacted pretty impressively to this film... Forgive me for this but: it's hair, AND jewelry combined... It's for women... (With impeccable taste). Once I shifted my perspective from subjective to objective, it all made sense and flowed editorially. These are amazingly designed works of elaborate art incorporating skill and sentiment in pitch perfect harmony.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Do the Spirits Return" Exhibition Opening Party! Black Gold/Morbid Anatomy Mixer! Necrophilia Law in the USA! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

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We have scores of exciting upcoming events and spectacles at The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

First up, we are beyond ecstatic to announce the opening party for out next Morbid Anatomy Museum exhibition, Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic this Saturday, April 11. This exhibition will investigate the surprising intersections between spiritualism, torture theatre, the dark arts and early 20th century stage magic century stage magic as seen in the work of Howard Thurston (1869 – 1936) via stunning and rarely exhibited original stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, and books from the collection of Brooklyn native Rory Feldman.

This special opening night event will feature a tour of the new exhibition with co-curators Joanna Ebenstein and Shannon Taggart, magic entertainment by Prakash Puru, a "magic videorama" curated by magician Acep Hale, largely unseen archival footage of Howard Thurston's stage shows, delicious cocktails, and exotically thematic tunes by our DJ in Residence Friese Undine. Collector Rory Feldman will also be on hand to answer your questions. You can find out more here.

Also, to celebrate our delight at having Black Gold vending coffee and LPs at The Museum daily, we very much hope to see you at our free Morbid Anatomy + Black Gold Mixer this Tuesday, April 7th! Arrive as strangers, leave as friends, and enjoy some free drinks, a Dj set by Tim Nosebleed and more! More on that here.

You also won't want to miss our first Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala featuring honorary chair Chloë Sevigny, sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and Six Point Brewery and Brooklyn Winery with meal and hors d'oeuvres by Runner and Stone; performance by Play Dead's Todd Robbins; phonograph music by Mac of WFMU’s Ragged Antique Phonograph Program; auction items including an epic taxidermy tableau by Emily Binard as well as a behind the scenes golf cart tour of the Bronx Zoo; and floral arrangements by Emily Thompson flowers. You can find out more, and get tickets, here.

If you appreciate what we do and are in a position to help, please consider becoming a member or making a fully tax deductible donation today. Donations can be made here, and you can become a member--with assorted perks such as discounted admissions and free museum entry by clicking here.

Following is a full list of upcoming events; very much hope to see you at one or more!

IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
    • Free Morbid Anatomy Museum + Black Gold Mixer
      THIS Tuesday April 7th, 8pm, Free! More here
    • Anomalous Music: A Collection of Curiosities: Part III of Anomalous Music: A Three Part Series with Doug Skinner, presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
      THIS Wednesday, April 8th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lecture/ Concert Pass), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Abusing the Corpse Even More: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA -- Now with more Necro! And more Philia!: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. John Troyer is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath
      THIS Thursday, April 9th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Do The Spirits Return? : Exhibition Opening Reception and Special Curator's Tour
      THIS Saturday, April 11th, 8pm, $25 non-members / $15 members
      , Tickets (and more info) here
    • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato  
      THIS Sunday, April 12th, 12pm - 7pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
    NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
    • Morbid Anatomy Museum + Black Gold Mixer
      Tuesday April 7th, 8pm, Free! More here
    • Do The Spirits Return? : Exhibition Opening Reception and Special Curator's Tour
      Saturday, April 11th, 8pm, $25 non-members / $15 members
      , Tickets (and more info) here 
    • The Wilderness of Ruins: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer An Illustrated lecture with Roseanne Montillo.
      Friday, April 24th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Morbid Anatomy Philadelphia Field Trip including The Wagner Free Institute, The Mutter Museum and The Rosenbach Library.
      Saturday, April 25th, 10:30am - 5:30pm, OFFSITE: Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal (1001 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) $100 (includes ground transportation in Philadelphia and all museum admissions and tours), Tickets (and more info) here
    • The Mystique Boutique's Sideshow of Magic and Wonder "Ten-in-One" Variety Show.
      Sunday, May 10th, 12pm - 6pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
    • Squirrel Shoulder Mount or Pedestal Mount Class with Katie Innamorato.
      Sunday, May 24th 12pm - 6pm, $275 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture.: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman
      Thursday, May 28th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here (Sold out; stay tuned for new dates)
       
    • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman.
      Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
    ALL UPCOMING EVENTS 
      • Morbid Anatomy Museum + Black Gold Mixer
        Tuesday April 7th, 8pm, Free! More here

         
      • Anomalous Music: A Collection of Curiosities: Part III of Anomalous Music: A Three Part Series with Doug Skinner, presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
        Wednesday, April 8th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lecture/ Concert Pass), Tickets (and more info) 
        here.
      • Abusing the Corpse Even More: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA -- Now with more Necro! And more Philia!: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. John Troyer is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath
        Thursday, April 9th, 8pm, $8
        , Tickets (and more info) here
      • Do The Spirits Return? : Exhibition Opening Reception and Special Curator's Tour
        Saturday, April 11th, 8pm, $25 non-members / $15 members
        , Tickets (and more info) here
      • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato  
        Sunday, April 12th, 12pm - 7pm, $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.
      • Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens at the TriBeCa Film FestivalThe New York City big screen premiere of the Morbid Anatomy film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, directed and written by our filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas, creator and director of The Midnight Archive
        Saturday, April 18, 5:30pm, OFFSITE: Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (102 North End Ave, New York, New York 10281); more 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.
      • First Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with Honorary Chair Chloë Sevigny  Sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and Six Point Beer 
        Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 pm, Tickets: $250/$500, Tickets and more here.
      • The Wilderness of Ruins: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer An Illustrated lecture with Roseanne Montillo. 
        Friday, April 24th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
      • Morbid Anatomy Philadelphia Field Trip including The Wagner Free Institute, The Mutter Museum and The Rosenbach Library. 
        Saturday, April 25th, 10:30am - 5:30pm, OFFSITE: Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal (1001 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) $100 (includes ground transportation in Philadelphia and all museum admissions and tours), Tickets (and more info) here. 
      • Shocked and Amazed: The Unseen Footage with Jeff Krulik, director of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" 
        Tuesday, April 28th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
        here
         
      • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
        Saturday, May 2nd, 11 – 6 PM, $150 (Includes admission to The Morbid Anatomy Museum), Tickets (and more info) 
        here
         
      • Anatomy, Religion, and English Late-Medieval Carved Cadaver Sculptures with Dr. Christina Welch, senior lecturer at the University of Winchester, UK
        Thursday, May 7th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info 
        here
         
      • The X-Ray Audio Project: The Incredible Story of Bootleg Technology, Cold War Culture and Human Endeavour Lecture, screening and listening party with Stephen Coates of The Real Tuesday Weld and Aleks Kolkowsi
        Complementary cocktails provided by Art in the Age
        Friday, May 8th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here 
      • Memento Mori: Book Launch and Lecture with Paul Koudounaris
        Saturday, May 9th, 8pm, FREE (limited seating), more info here 
      • The Mystique Boutique's Sideshow of Magic and Wonder "Ten-in-One" Variety Show. 
        Sunday, May 10th, 12pm - 6pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
      • The American Tattooed Ladies: 1840-2015 An Illustrated Lecture with Anni Irish
        Tuesday, May 12th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info 
        here
      • Amsterdam Anatomy Weekend at the Vrolik Museum Save the Date
        Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17th at Amsterdam's 
        Vrolik Museum; More here
      • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman 
        Saturday, May 16th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
      • English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman. 
        Sunday, May 17th, 12pm - 6:30pm, $195 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
      • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
        Thursday, May 21st, 8pm, $8
        , Tickets (and more info) here
      • Mirror, Black Mirror: A Book Launch and Illustrated lecture with Artist Camille Rose Garcia 
        Friday, May 22nd,  8pm,  $5
        Tickets (and more info) here
      • Squirrel Shoulder Mount or Pedestal Mount Class with Katie Innamorato
        Sunday, May 24th 12pm - 6pm, $275 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
      • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture: An illustrated lecture with Andi Harriman
        Thursday, May 28th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here Sold out; stay tuned for new date.
      • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
        Saturday, June 6th, 12pm - 7pm, $300 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
      • Tarantula Preservation Class Thursday with Divya Anantharaman
        Thursday, June 18th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, $80 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here.
      • "Witchcraft Through the Ages” (Haxan) – Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! Presented and choreographed by Joel Schlemowitz 
        Thursday, June 25th, 8pm, $8
        Tickets (and more info) here
      • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed! with Divya Anantharaman
        Saturday, July 11th, 12pm - 6pm, $110 for one, $125 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
      • Chick Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
        Sunday July 12th 12-6:30pm,  $185 for one, $200 for two headed (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here 
      • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
        Saturday, August 1st, 12pm - 6pm, $185 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
      • Skunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
        Sunday, August 2nd, 12pm - 6pm, $450 (includes admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
      Image: Poster of Howard Thurston,1915, from the collection of Rory Feldman