Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Fair! Krampus Party with DJ Vince Clarke! The Ballad of Ruby Ridge! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

 
We have lots of exciting upcoming events this week and beyond at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Today--Sunday, December 14th--is the final day of our annual free Holiday Gift Fair. Here you will find antiques, taxidermy, books, ephemera, posters, osteological and wet specimens, side show banners, flowers woven of real human hair, jewelry, and a variety of other quirky covetables offered by such vendors Ryan Mathews Cohn of TV's Oddities; taxidermists in residence Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamoratomoulagist in residence Nicole Antebi; Elizabeth NewInvisible Gallery (image above) and many more; coffee and snacks will be provided by our good friends Black Gold. This event will take place from 12-6 today and is free of charge; find out more here. 

We also hope very much to see you at Saturday's annual Krampus Costume Party. This year's iteration will feature a new wave dance party lad DJed by Vince Clarke of Erasure, Yazoo, and Depeche Mode; a Christmas tale by journalist Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; a lecture and sing-along with Matt Lake, author of Night of the Krampus; complementary drinks; a special "Basket for Naughty Children" Krampus Photo-booth; a custom built miniature alpine village created by Jane Rose and friends; a Cramp-us Burlesque Variety Show provided by The Lady Ayelive appearances by Saint Nicholas and Krampus; the chance to win fabulous prizes in our special raffle and Krampus Costume Contest; and much, much more! You can find out more--and purchase tickets!--here.

 In other news: The Museum is currently seeking a pull-down screen for our events space. If you can help, please send an email to joanna [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org. Also, if you are a member of The Morbid Anatomy Museum, please stay tuned for new membership cards, information, and benefit offerings coming very soon. And thanks so much for your support and patience.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum strives to make all of our programming affordable. If you like what we do, please consider us in your end of year giving--via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council--by clicking here. You can also support us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) here.

Following is a list of upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. Hope very much to see you at one or more!

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EVENTS THIS WEEK

  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • A Virtual Tour of the Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Library, Columbia University Medical Center: Illustrated lecture with Jennifer McGillan, archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library
    Tuesday, December, 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society. 
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 20th, 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Costume Party with DJ Vince Clarke a Cramp-us Variety Show; Krampus Costume Contest; Sing-along and Photo Booth; Complimentary Drinks and Cake; Mini talks by Jon Ronson and Matt Lake; Alpine Village Recreation; and much more! Saturday, December 20th, 8pm, $15 for Members/$25 for Non-Members, Tickets (and more info) here
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Our Invisible Oceans in Peril. An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Mara G. Haseltine
    Monday, January 12th, 8pm, $8, 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
  • Boneyards: There's a Little Taphophile in All of Us: A 3 part play by Jeffrey A. Stanley
    Friday February 20th, Friday February 27th, Friday March 6th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
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KRAMPUS IN THE GIFTSHOP

 
Krampus--the demonic sidekick of St. Nicholas in Hungary and other areas of Eastern Europe--is our favorite part of the holiday season. To celebrate, Morbid Anatomy has commissioned limited edition Krampus T-shirts by artist Mark Splatter (see above) as well as special Krampus Holiday Cards. 
 
Get your Krampus merchandise here! You can also peruse our entire gift shop here.
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ALL OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Jackalope Skeleton Workshop with Wilder Duncan
    Sunday, January 11th, 1pm - 6pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Our Invisible Oceans in Peril. An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Mara G. Haseltine
    Monday, January 12th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, 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
  • Boneyards: There's a Little Taphophile in All of Us: A 3 part play by Jeffrey A. Stanley
    Friday February 20th, Friday February 27th, Friday March 6th, 8pm, $20, 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
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here

Monday, December 8, 2014

Seeking Pull Down Screen for Morbid Anatomy Museum!

The Morbid Anatomy Museum seeks a pull-down screen for our events space. If anyone has one they are willing to loan long term or gift, please send an email to joanna [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org! Thank you!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Krampus Party with Alpine Village and DJ Vince Clarke! Free Holiday Fair! Call for Docents! Morbid Anatomy Upcoming Events and News!

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Gruß vom Krampus and Üdvözlet a Krampusztól! To celebrate this special time of year, we hope you'll join us for our Annual Krampus Costume Party on Saturday, December 20th! This year's iteration will feature a new wave dance party with DJ Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode); a lecture and sing-along with Matt Lake, author of Night of the Krampus; a Christmas tale by journalist Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; complementary drinks; a special "Basket for Naughty Children" Krampus Photo-booth; a custom built miniature alpine village created by Jane Rose and friends; a Cramp-us Burlesque Variety Show provided by The Lady Ayelive appearances by Saint Nicholas and Krampus; the chance to win fabulous prizes in our Krampus Costume Contest; and much, much more! You can find out more--and buy tickets!--here.

We also hope very much to see you next weekend--December 13th and 14th--at our annual free Holiday Gift Fair, where we will host a variety of vendors on two floors of the museum; offerings will include antiques, taxidermy, books, ephemera, osteological and wet specimens, abject housewear, jewelry, and much more! Find out more here. 

The Morbid Anatomy Museum strives to make all of our programming affordable. If you like what we do, please consider us in your end of year giving--via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council--by clicking here. You can also support us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) here. 

Following is a list upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. Hope very much to see you at one or more!
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Common Cinema Laboratories: Caring Labor presented by Programmer in Residence Amy Herzog 
    Monday, December 8th, 8pm, $5 suggested donation, more info here
  • Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Costume Party with DJ Vince Clarke; A Variety Show, Costume Contest, Sing-along and Photo Booth; Complimentary Drinks and Cake; Mini talks by Jon Ronson and Matt Lake; Alpine Village Recreation; and much more!
    Saturday, December 20th, 8pm, $15 for Members/$25 for Non-Members, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Jackalope Skeleton Workshop with Wilder Duncan
    Sunday, January 11th, 1pm - 6pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here
  • 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
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • Common Cinema Laboratories: Caring Labor presented by Amy Herzog 
    Monday, December 8th, 8pm, $5 suggested donation, more info here
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • La Frequenza Fantasma: Hunting for the Ghost Frequency: An Illustrated lecture and screening with Chiara Ambrosio
    Wednesday, December 10th, $8, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet.
    Thursday, December 11th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll’s Occult Imagination, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.
    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy Annual Holiday Fair
    FREE! Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 12-6, More here
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NEW IN THE GIFTSHOP

Special Krampus Merchandise in the Morbid Anatomy Museum Gift Shop

Special limited edition Krampus T-shirts by artist Mark Splatter and Morbid Anatomy Krampus cards now available! 


Find out more here, and peruse the entire gift shop here.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO THE MORBID ANATOMY LIBRARY

Special thanks to James Kennaway, Corinna Wagner, Laurel Braitman, Tim Kern, Ian Williams, Dániel Margócsy, Mark O Pilkington, Lorelei Russ, Spencer Lamm, Elizabeth Broman and Jennifer Berman. Come visit our new books 12-6 every day but Tuesday!
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CEO AND CO-FOUNDER TRACY HURLEY MARTIN IN THE NEWS!
 

The gorgeous home of our CEO, Board-Chair and co-founder Tracy Hurley Martin was just featured in a recent article on the 6sqft website; you can read it--and see all the lovely photos--by clicking here.
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SUPPORT MORBID ANATOMY!

If you like what we do, please consider us in your end of year charitable giving! Tax deductible donations can be made via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council by clicking here. You can also become a member--with all the special benefits that entails!--by clicking here.
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ALL OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • A Virtual Tour of the Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Library, Columbia University Medical Center: Illustrated lecture with Jennifer McGillan, archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library
    Tuesday, December, 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society.
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 20th, 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Costume Party with DJ Vince Clarke a Cramp-us Variety Show; Krampus Costume Contest; Sing-along and Photo Booth; Complimentary Drinks and Cake; Mini talks by Jon Ronson and Matt Lake; Alpine Village Recreation; and much more! Saturday, December 20th, 8pm, $15 for Members/$25 for Non-Members, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Jackalope Skeleton Workshop with Wilder Duncan Sunday, January 11th, 1pm - 6pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, 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  
  • 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
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here

Friday, December 5, 2014

Become a Docent at the Morbid Anatomy Museum!

Interested in being a part of the Morbid Anatomy Museum? If not, why not consider becoming a volunteer docent? 

Although this is an unpaid position, being a museum docent is an excellent addition to your resume, and the museum is happy to provide references for regular docents. Shifts run from 11:45-6:00 all days except Tuesdays, and there is no minimum requirement. 

Volunteer docents also receive special perks:
  • An atmospheric, quiet place to work with free wifi and unlimited access to the Morbid Anatomy Library collection of books and artifacts
  • One free event (under $10) for each shift worked
  • $20 off book purchases in the gift store for every five shifts you work, per exhibition
  • Preview of upcoming exhibitions for docent training
  • Docent party for each exhibit in which you volunteer three or more times
If you are interested in becoming a docent or finding out more, please e-mail our new docent coordinator at erica [at] morbidanatomymuseum [dot] org. Either way, hope to see you around the museum soon!







Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Morbid Anatomy Museum is Open Again!

Our plumbing issues have thankfully been resolved, and The Morbid Anatomy Museum is once again open every day but Tuesday from 12-6. So come on by to check out our current temporary exhibition The Art of Mourning, which closes on January 5; Our permanent collection of books and artifacts, The Morbid Anatomy Library; and the very many new wonderful and whimsical additions to our gift shop, a few of which can be seen here!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Rats!!!!! Buried Alive Matchbox Theatre! Victorian Hair Art Workshop! Museum Closed Day! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

First off: We regret to announce that The Morbid Anatomy Museum will be closed today--Sunday, November 30th. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

We also have lots of great upcoming events to announce; following is a full list, but we very much hope to see you this Tuesday, December 2nd, at "Rats!!!!!!!!," an evening committed to rethinking that most maligned of rodents who is also--as the evening hopes to prove--a highly intelligent social animal, an inventive and adaptive urban dweller, and a handy screen upon which to project human anxieties. The night, curated by Programmer in Residence Amy Herzog, will feature presentations by Professor Herzog as well as Artist Kathy High and ethnographer and provocateur Eben Kirksey. You can find out more by clicking here.

We at Morbid Anatomy strive to make all of our programming affordable. If you are a fan of Morbid Anatomy and its offerings, please consider us in your end of year giving--via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council--by clicking here. You can also support us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) here.

Following is a list of all upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. Hope to see you at one or more!

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Rats!!!!!!!! An Evening Curated by Amy Herzog
    Tuesday, December 2nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • A Virtual Tour of the Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Library, Columbia University Medical Center: Illustrated lecture with Jennifer McGillan, archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library
    Tuesday, December, 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • Rats!!!!!!!! An Evening Curated by Amy Herzog
    Tuesday, December 2nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah Kauffmann.
    Thursday, December 4th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann.
    Saturday, December 6, 11am - 6pm, $150, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Wet Specimen Preparation Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, December 7th, 3pm to 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
ALL OTHER EVENTS
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • La Frequenza Fantasma: Hunting for the Ghost Frequency: An Illustrated lecture and screening with Chiara Ambrosio
    Wednesday, December 10th, $8, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet.
    Thursday, December 11th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll’s Occult Imagination, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.
    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 

  • A Virtual Tour of the Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Library, Columbia University Medical Center: Illustrated lecture with Jennifer McGillan, archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library
    Tuesday, December, 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society. 
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 20th (NEW DATE), 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, TICKETS (and more info) here 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, 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  
  • 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
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, 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
  • 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
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here

Death, Science, Sexology: Interview by Mark Dery of Morbid Anatomy Museum Creative Director Joanna Ebenstein on Boing Boing

Morbid Anatomy Museum Provocateur in Residence Mark Dery recently interviewed our creative director Joanna Ebenstein about the importance of books in her life and in the greater Morbid Anatomy project. The result--a wide-ranging conversation touching on soulless California suburbs, Charlotte's Web, British New Wave, Lois Duncan, Rosemary's Baby, V. C. Andrews, post-mortem photography, The Mütter Museum, Frederik Ruysch, Walter Potter, Edward Gorey, wine coolers in the park and "Genleman's Erotica"--was just published on the wonderful Boing Boing website and can be read by clicking here.

Image: The wonderful book Design for Death by Barbara Jones

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Image found here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Henry Wellcome's Anatomical Venus: A Missing Link? Guest Post by Joanna Ebenstein for the Wellcome Collection Blog

I was recently invited to select a single object from Blythe House--the storehouse containing the remains of early 20th century pharmaceutical magnate Henry Wellcome's once million strong collection--for an episode of the Wellcome Collection's “The Thing Is…" From the over 100,000 amazing objects in the collection--including ivory anatomical mannequins, wax vanitas busts, antique sexual aids, Greek anatomical otives, torture devices, statues of saints and even a Peruvian mummy--I chose, it will not surprise regular readers to discover, Henry Wellcome's Wax Anatomical Venus (see above).

I had been curious about this enigmatic creature ever since Kate Forde and I featured her in the Wellcome’s 2009 Exquisite Bodies exhibition. Although diminutive--she is only three feet in length while most others are life-sized--she is still an extraordinarily uncanny and charismatic object. She was also a very mysterious object, with very little I could discover, despite my best efforts, about her provenance.

To prepare for this talk--hosted by journalist and historian Frances Stonor Saunders--I delved, with the help of my friend Ross MacFarlane, deeply into the Wellcome Library and its archives to see what I might be able learn about this mysterious artifact.

To read the full report I wrote for the Wellcome Collection blog detailing my findings--and to see many more images, including another animated GIF like the one above, compliments of Russell Dornan!--click here.

Image:
  1. Wellcome Collection’s Anatomical Venus in various stages of dissection as shown in an animated GIF. Courtesy of Wellcome Images.
  2. Catalog card for the Wellcome Anatomical Venus.

The Imaginary 20th Century: An "Interactive Wunder-Roman" : Guest Post by Norman M. Klein

  
Our good friend Norman Klein--author of the amazing The Vatican to Vegas: A History of Special Effects--has partnered with Cal Arts' Margo Bistis to create what he calls an "interactive wunder-roman" entitled The Imaginary 20th Century. Following is a guest post by Norman detailing this impressive and characteristically eccentric project; You can also find out more by clicking here.
In 1816, a letter by the philosopher Friedrich Schelling describes a novel that runs on wooden and iron gears, propelled by a river, like an early industrial loom. He called it a wunder-roman. This year, an interactive wunder-roman has been published online, and may be the largest archival novel to date-- of rare print curiosities-- certainly the largest in story form that can be navigated as if one were operating a giant machine. Here is an introduction:

According to legend, in 1902, a woman named Carrie, while traveling through Europe, selects four men to seduce her, each with a version of the coming century. Inevitably, the future always spills off course. We navigate through the suitors’ worlds; follow Carrie on her travels; discover what she and her lovers forgot to notice. In 1917, Carrie’s uncle sets up a massive archive of her life. For decades, Uncle Harry had worked for the oligarchs of Los Angeles erasing crimes that might prove embarrassing. Thus, as he often explains, seduction is a form of espionage. In 2004, this archive was unearthed in Los Angeles. 

The Imaginary 20th Century is a tale of seduction as well as espionage; of archiving and the transitive poetics of excavation. Featuring a narrated media archive of 2,200 rare images with a companion ebook, The Imaginary 20th Century is a collaborative work by Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis, and published by the media museum ZKM.  With their team of artists and designers, the authors have reinvented Schelling’s wunder-roman as online narrative engine, where fact and fiction split off and return to each other to the story in a unique form.

You can visit at http://imaginary20thcentury.com,
Images
  1. The Imaginary 20th Century, ebook cover.
  2. The Imaginary 20th Century, media archive, image cluster in chapter 3.2
  3. The Imaginary 20th Century, media archive, 1.2 chapter map

Monday, November 24, 2014

"The Anatomy of Hysteria" Triple Feature with Asti Hustvedt! Ballad of Ruby Ridge with Jon Ronson! This Week and Beyond at The Morbid Anatomy Museum

Following is a list of upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events.

First, a note: our "Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class" with taxidermist in residence Divya Anantharaman has a new date--Saturday December 20--and several newly available slots; you can find out more--and get tickets--here

Later that night we will also be hosting our annual Krampus party; details are still being finalized, but suffice it to say that this year's iteration will feature a Bavarian village wonderland and a Krampus photobooth (thanks, Jane Rose!); mini-lectures by journalist Jon Ronson and Matt Lake, author of Night of the Krampus; performances; a costume contest; a Krampus piñata; and, of course, a special appearance by St Nicolas and a birch-switch beating Krampus. Stay tuned for more on that soon! 

We also want to extend a warm thank you to all who joined us for yesterday's epic End of Exhibition open house, either as presenter or spectator. An extra special thanks also to Hendrick's Gin for making the afterparty so wonderful and delicious!

As many of you already know, we at Morbid Anatomy are committed to making our events as affordable as possible, but to do this, we need you support. If you are a fan of what we do, please consider us in your end of year giving--via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council--by clicking here. You can also support us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) here,

Thanks, and hope to see you at one or more of these great events!

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    NEW DATE AND NEW SLOTS

    Saturday, December 20th, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  •  Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Party Save the Date
    Saturday, December 20th; 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  
  • 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 
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, 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
  • 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
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • Charred remains: Spontaneous Human Combustion and You: an Illustrated lecture with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Monday, November 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Pernicious, Pestilent Revenants: The Void of Malevolent Undead Imagery in Medieval England An Illustrated Lecture with Candace Reilly.
    Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

A HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Charred remains: Spontaneous Human Combustion and You: an Illustrated lecture with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Monday, November 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Pernicious, Pestilent Revenants: The Void of Malevolent Undead Imagery in Medieval England An Illustrated Lecture with Candace Reilly.
    Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah Kauffmann.
    Thursday, December 4th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann.
    Saturday, December 6, 11am - 6pm, $150, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Wet Specimen Preparation Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, December 7th, 3pm to 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • La Frequenza Fantasma: Hunting for the Ghost Frequency: An Illustrated lecture and screening with Chiara Ambrosio
    Wednesday, December 10th, $8, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet.
    Thursday, December 11th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll’s Occult Imagination, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.
    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society. 
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 20th (NEW DATE), 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, TICKETS (and more info) here 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, 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  
  • 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
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, 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
  • 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
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
Image: "Plate from Barthélemy's Du Dermographisme. Etude pathogénique clinique et historique, appearing in the publication for the second International Dermatology Congress held in Vienna in 1892." Found on the wonderful Art and Medicine blog.