Monday, September 1, 2014

Quack Medicine! Santa Muerte Screening with Director Q and A! Songs of Love, Loss, Death and Longing! Taxidermy Superfest! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

We have scores of wonderful events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum in the days and weeks to come!

Below, please find a full list; if you like what you see--or what our new institution stands for, as eloquently described in this excellent new Financial Times article--please consider supporting us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) by clicking here, or making a donation by clicking here

Thanks, and hope to see you at the museum soon!
 
Also, an important note: the event "Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century," scheduled for September 4th has, to our regret, been postponed; please stay tuned for new date!

EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK
  • Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Singles' Night
    Wednesday September 3rd, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, September 6th, 12pm to 6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • DIY Curiosity Cabinet Workshop with Vimala Pasupathi
    Sunday, September 7th, 1pm to 5pm, $130-$145, Tickets (and more info) here  

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Songs of Love, Loss, Death & Longing with German Lyrical Soprano Kai Irina Hahn Pianist Jeremy Rafal
    Friday, September 19th, 8pm, $12 , Tickets (and more info) here
     
  •  Sex and Death at Père-Lachaise: Aimé-Jules Dalou’s Tomb of Victor Noir, An Illustrated Lecture with Caterina Y. Pierre, Ph.D, professor of Art History at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn
    Monday, September 22nd, 8pm, 8$, Tickets (and more info) here  
     
  • Near-death by Aspirin, Secondary Syphilis and Gerbils on X-ray: The Notorious Reminiscences of Dr. Stuart Fischer
    Friday, September 26th, 8pm,  $8
    , Tickets (and more info) here  
     
  • “La Santa Muerte (Saint Death)” A Screening of the Documentary with Director Eva Aridjis
    Friday, October 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Taxidermy Gone Rogue! Taxidermy Fair and Book Release for Robert Marbury’s Taxidermy Art; Part of New York Super Week
    Sunday, October 6th, 3pm, Admission: $10.00 – $30.00, Tickets (and more info) here
    ••••OFFSITE AT THE BELL HOUSE
  • Taxidermy: From Collecting to Making" An Illustrated lecture and Book Party with Robert Marbury, author of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself; Part of New York Super Week
    Monday, October 6th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science and Quackery: Part of New York Super Week
    Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 PM, $10, Tickets (and more info) here 
     
  • Rabbit or Jackalope Head Mount Taxidermy Class
    Saturday, October 18th, 12pm to 5pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here    
     
  • Winged Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, November 16th, 12pm to 7pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here  
     
  • BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah KauffmanThursday, December 4th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here 
Following is a handy list of all our other upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our website calendar by clicking here. Please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians
An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
Date: THIS Tuesday, September 2nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this illustrated talk, Michael Carlisle will discuss the troubled, often tragic fate of some of the greatest theorists of mathematics.   
More here.

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

More here.

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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
An illustrated lecture with Carl Schoonover, author of
Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Date: Thursday, September 4th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here) POSTPONED
; Stay Tuned for New Date
Carl Shoonover will explore the history of neuroscience through the visual representation of the brain from antiquity to the 21st century as explored in his recent book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century.
More here.
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Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: THIS Saturday, September 6th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $300 (Ticket here)


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

More here

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


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

More here

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


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

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

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

More here.

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


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

More here.

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Michael Rockefeller: Art’s Cannibal Headhunter Mystery
An Illustrated Lecture by David Kenneth Zuckerman with opening informational lecture from New York Tribal Art dealer Cole Harrell
Date: Tuesday, September 16th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this lecture, David Kenneth Zuckerman will recount the story of Michael Rockefeller, Herr of New York most famous family, who in 1961 went missing in the tribal Asmat head-hunter region and was never found again.

More here.

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

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

More here.

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Songs of Love, Loss, Death & Longing with German Lyrical Soprano Kai Irina Hahn Pianist Jeremy Rafal
Date: Friday, September 19th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12  (Tickets here
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Tonight, join German Lyrical Soprano Kai Irina Hahn and Pianist Jeremy Rafal for a gloomy evening of some of the finest art songs of love, loss, death and longing. From Schubert to Debussy, enjoy the famous poems of the romantic period explained, recited and set to music in a candle light atmosphere with a glass of red wine.

More here

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


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

More here

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Sex and Death at Père-Lachaise: Aimé-Jules Dalou’s Tomb of Victor Noir, An Illustrated Lecture with Caterina Y. Pierre, Ph.D, professor of Art History at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn
Date: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: 8$ (Tickets here
)

Tonight's lecture will focus on the political implications of the tomb of Noir at Paris's Père-Lachaise cemetery, and the response of viewers to his tomb, who touch the sculpture’s face, lips, chin, boots, wounds and sex as an act of pleasure for some, and an act of piety for others.

More here.

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

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

More here.

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Near-death by Aspirin, Secondary Syphilis and Gerbils on X-ray: The Notorious Reminiscences of Dr. Stuart Fischer

Date: Friday, September 26th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8
(Tickets here)
Tonight, join Dr. Fischer as he describes a variety of unusual medical situations, detaila the approaches that were taken in their treatment and explaina how each case was finally resolved. You'll even learn a few insights into how to read an EKG and X-ray, how infectious disease is transmitted and how you might be able to save the life of a trauma victim.

More here.

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


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

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


Hair jewelry was an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class will explore a modern take on the genre.
More here.

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Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick? Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
Date: Monday, September 29th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)
Can music make girls lose all sexual restraint, causing nymphomania, pregnancy and the collapse of social order? The answer, of course, will be discussed by James Kennaway in his presentation.
More here.

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Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd since 1700,
Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)

This talk will look at the diseases associated with wealth, power, emotional sensitivity and intellectual ability in the modern era.

More here.

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Born Different: Congenital Malformations, Disabilities, A Case Study of Side Show Performers
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)
Tonight, join Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum for a lecture relating his experiences as the “in house” physician at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows By The Seashore

More here.

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“La Santa Muerte ( Saint Death )” A Screening of the Documentary with Director Eva Aridjis
Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 8pm

Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
Tonight, join us and director Eva Aridjis for a film about the rapidly growing cult of Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. This female grim reaper, considered a saint by followers but Satanic by the Catholic Church, is worshipped by people whose lives are filled with danger and/or violence- criminals, gang members, transvestites, sick people, drug addicts, and families living in rough neighborhoods.

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $400 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


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

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Taxidermy Gone Rogue! Taxidermy Fair and Book Release for Robert Marbury’s Taxidermy Art
Presented by Morbid Anatomy and Atlas Obscura
Date: Sunday, October 5th

Time: 3pm
Admission: $10.00 – $30.00 (Tickets here)

••••OFFSITE AT THE BELL HOUSE


Today, celebrate the release of Taxidermy Art with an exposition of fur, feathers, art, and music. Featuring a live taxidermy demo by Katie Innamorato; a panel discussion between Marbury and artists Innamorato, Nate Hill, and Kate Clark; and oddity booths including the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Bazaar Baltimore, Divya, Richard Santomauro Taxidermy, Tohickon Glass Eye, and many more to come. Stay late to get your signed copy of Marbury’s book and dance to the Balkan sounds of Veveritse Brass Band.

More here.
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Taxidermy: From Collecting to Making" An Illustrated lecture and Book Party with Robert Marbury, author of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself; Part of New York Super Week
Date: Monday, October 6th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)


In connection with his new book Taxidermy Art, this talk and book release party with  Robert Marbury will address the rise of Rogue Taxidermy through the lens of collecting.

More here.

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Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science and Quackery: Part of New York Super Week
Date: Wednesday, October 8th
Time: 7:30 PM

Admission: $10 (Tickets here)
This quirky romp through medical history will involve a cemetery-themed game of life, testing hot toddies as a medical cure, and fascinating demos from The Franklin Institute Traveling Science team on electricity and the heavy metal rumored to be wealthy widows’ favorite murder weapon. There is also a chance to win a great prize if you can manage to “survive” until the end.
More here.
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Rabbit or Jackalope Head Mount Taxidermy Class
Date: Saturday, October 18th
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Admission: $225 (Tickets here)


This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy in the making of a rabbit or Jackalope head. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom, and will leave with a finished piece and knowledge to create more pieces in the future.

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

More here.

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

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

More here.

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


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

More here.

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Wearable Bird Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $200 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future)
Tickets here

In this class, learn how to create a Victorian era inspired hat or head piece using preserved bird wings and feathers.

More here.

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Winged Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, November 16th
Time: 12pm to 7pm

Admission: $300 (Tickets here)

This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy in the making of a winged squirrel. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom, and will leave with a finished piece and knowledge to create more pieces in the future.

More here.

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BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah Kauffman
Date: Thursday, December 4th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (Tickets here)


BURIED ALIVE! a matchbox theatre, is a frightfully funny exploration of our fear of being buried alive and of the curious phenomenon of 19th Century “waiting mortuaries.” Based on historical and medical facts. Intimate and interactive. It is full of dreadful discoveries for a limited adult audience.

More here

Image: "The Travelling Quack", 1889, by Tom Merry

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Michael Jackson Betwixt/Between: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party Sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin; Tomorrow Night, August 29!

Tomorrow night, we hope you'll join us to celebrate the curious ghostly afterlife of Michael Jackson with a special birthday celebration sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring videos, karaoke, a piñata (see image!) and a talk by Shannon Taggart on the special status of the ghost of MJ in the spiritualist community?

Full deets below; you can buy a ticket now by clicking here.

Michael Jackson piñata pictured above--to be bashed tomorrow!--by Karla Varg, Anna Avorgadri and Carmen Figueroa!
Michael Jackson Betwixt/Between: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin with karaoke, videos and an illustrated talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $20
Location: The Morbid Anatomy Museum (424A Third Ave, Brooklyn)

Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

Taggart began to contemplate the curious life and afterlife of Michael Jackson after photographing a number of Spiritualist mediums who reported channeling the spirit of the King of Pop. Her presentation will consider Michael’s ambiguous dead/alive status and explore him as the ultimate liminal figure, one who blurs a number of binary oppositions. Materials drawn from popular culture will be used to demonstrate his status as a contemporary mythical figure and reveal his clear parallels with the gods, saints and shamans of the past.

Shannon Taggart is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her photographs have been exhibited and featured internationally including the publications TIME, the New York Times Magazine and Newsweek. She is a programmer in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum: A New and Resplendent Temple of Weirdness," Ariella Budick, Financial Times, August 2014

One of us, one of us, we accept her, one of us, gooble gobble, one of us.” If you, too, are one of us – that is, a slightly embarrassed devotee of all things creepy and surreal – you might recognise that chant. It comes from Tod Browning’s 1932 horror film Freaks, as a troupe of circus sideshow performers welcomes a horrified new member.
A similar fearful camaraderie unites those who make their way to the Morbid Anatomy Museum, a new and resplendent temple of weirdness in New York. With its collection of oddities – a wax model of a man disfigured by syphilis, a mummified rodent, and so on – the museum speaks to a cluster of fascinations that has only tangentially to do with death.
Rather, its aficionados – and I speak from the heart, here – are attuned to the slightly bizarre aspects of ordinary existence. We respond to the nostalgic frisson emanating from surrealist photographs, 17th-century cabinets of curiosity, graphic histories of hysteria, faked photos of seances, studies of conjoined twins, and Coney Island in its tawdry heyday. We claim a distinguished roster of elders: Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Gorey, Georges Bataille, WG Sebald and Susan Sontag. I imagine this conclave of eccentrics gathered around a Ouija board, with Freud acting as master of ceremonies. His concept of the uncanny – what he called a “ghastly harbinger of death” – hovers invisibly throughout the museum.
This indispensable new institution was founded and funded by a cadre of likeminded obsessives, led by creative director Joanna Ebenstein.... offers classes in areas where art and morbidity overlap: how to articulate a snake skeleton; how to stuff, mount and costume rabbits in anthropomorphic poses; how to draw a human skull. Almost nightly lectures merge the outlandish with the scholarly. “Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles” gets behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, and “Industrial Ladies” examines early 19th-century department store wax mannequins. All this erudition supports the museum’s overarching point: that a concern with the once-alive and the eerily lifelike has long suffused modern culture.
--"Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum: A new and resplendent temple of weirdness has opened in New York," Ariella Budick, Financial Times, August 2014
The Morbid Anatomy Museum has been very lucky to have received quite a bit of press attention since opening our doors almost two months ago, but none has so aptly and elegantly summed up the larger Morbid Anatomy ethos, aesthetic and community as Ariella Budick's wonderfully insightful piece in last weekend's Financial Times.

I have quoted the piece at length above; you can read it in its entirety by clicking here (note: you must sign up to read it, but its free and worth it!)

The photographs above are all courtesy of Stanley B Burns and the very excellent Burns Archive, one of the main loaners to our Art of Mourning exhibition, on view through December 4th.

If you would like to support The Morbid Anatomy Museum--wonderfully described in the article as an "indispensable new institution" (!)--please consider becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) here, or making a donation by clicking here

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Vanitas; the Transience of Earthly Pleasure" : Exhibition Catalog Review by Brenna Pladsen, Morbid Anatomy Docent and Volunteer

Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures is an exhibition catalog for a Frieze Art Fair exhibition of the same name staged in 2010 by London's All Visual Arts Gallery. Morbid Anatomy Museum docent--and volunteer extraordinaire--Brenna Pladsen took a liking to the book, and kindly offered to write the following guest post about it; if you are interested in finding out more, you can spend some quality time with it at The Morbid Anatomy Library!
Vanitas is a prime example of a good exhibition book. This is partially because it seems to have been an excellent exhibition. Judging from the book, the art skewed toward the luxurious and the animal. Bits of birds and bugs are a striking part of the collection and bring home the concept of the vanitas painting, which is given a robust and generous explanation in the introduction.

The setting and curation are carefully matched to inspire the visitor into the correct frame of mind to appreciation the philosophy of the genre. The book follows that idea, and the wonderful photographs of the space can really transport you there and give a sense to the space and scale of the works. The Tim Noble and Sue Webster pieces, especially Metal Rats Fucking, need the accompanying context to be striking. The art is beautifully recorded by the photographs, but the exhibition photos are really transporting and have the dark, hyper-real quality of an original vanities painting. While the photography is luscious and luxurious, it is thankfully given space to breathe. I was struck by how contemporary and modern the book feels without loosing that decedent, velvety touch.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Evil Music! Side Show Medicine! ESP and the Search for Soul! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

We have scores of wonderful events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum in the days and weeks to come!

Below, please find a full list; if you like what you see--or what our new institution stands for, as eloquently described in this excellent new Financial Times article--please consider supporting us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) by clicking here, or making a donation by clicking here

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

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Michael Rockefeller: Art’s Cannibal Headhunter Mystery: An Illustrated Lecture by David Kenneth Zuckerman, with opening informational lecture from New York Tribal Tribal Art dealer Cole Harrell
    Tuesday, September 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick? Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
    Monday, September 29th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd since 1700: Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
    Tuesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Born Different: Congenital Malformations, Disabilities, A Case Study of Side Show Performers: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA
    Wednesday, October 1st, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Wearable Bird Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, November 9th, 12pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here

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

    Sunday, August 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin: A death-themed series of screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
    Monday, August 25, $5 Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
    Tuesday, August 26th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
    Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence

    Wednesday, August 27
    , $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World" Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Thursday, August 28
    , 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • "Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
    Friday, August 29, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
Following is a handy list of our other upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our website calendar by clicking here. Please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul: Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo 

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


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

More here.
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Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin: A death-themed series of screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
This Monday, August 25, $5 Tickets (and more info) here
The future of human death seems increasingly bound to digital technology and the internet. Understanding these implications is both practical and futuristic, in ways that make many people uncomfortable. But how did our long ago relatives in the early 1990s imagine what death on the web might be like? 

More here.
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Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History
Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History

This Tuesday, August 26th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info)
here

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

More here.
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The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
This Wednesday, August 27
, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.

More here.

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Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World" Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This Thursday, August 28
, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

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

More here.

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"Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
This Friday, August 29, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here

Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

More here.
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Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians
An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
Date: Tuesday, September 2nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this illustrated talk, Michael Carlisle will discuss the troubled, often tragic fate of some of the greatest theorists of mathematics.   
More here.

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

More here.

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


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


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

More here

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


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

More here

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


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

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

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

More here.

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


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

More here.

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Michael Rockefeller: Art’s Cannibal Headhunter Mystery
An Illustrated Lecture by David Kenneth Zuckerman with opening informational lecture from New York Tribal Art dealer Cole Harrell
Date: Tuesday, September 16th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this lecture, David Kenneth Zuckerman will recount the story of Michael Rockefeller, Herr of New York most famous family, who in 1961 went missing in the tribal Asmat head-hunter region and was never found again.

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

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

More here.

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


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

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

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

More here.

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


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

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


Hair jewelry was an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class will explore a modern take on the genre.
More here.

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Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick? Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University Date: Monday, September 29th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)
Can music make girls lose all sexual restraint, causing nymphomania, pregnancy and the collapse of social order? The answer, of course, will be discussed by James Kennaway in his presentation.
More here.

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Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd since 1700,
Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)

This talk will look at the diseases associated with wealth, power, emotional sensitivity and intellectual ability in the modern era.

More here.

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Born Different: Congenital Malformations, Disabilities, A Case Study of Side Show Performers
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)


Tonight, join Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum for a lecture relating his experiences as the “in house” physician at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows By The Seashore

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $400 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


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

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

More here.

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

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

More here.

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


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

More here.

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Wearable Bird Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $200 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future)
Tickets here

In this class, learn how to create a Victorian era inspired hat or head piece using preserved bird wings and feathers.

More here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Morbid Anatomy Museum Upcoming Events and News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

More here.

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

More here.

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

Date: Sunday, August 24th 

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

More here.

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

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

More here.

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

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


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

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

More here.

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


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


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

_____________________________________________

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


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

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


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

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

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

More here.

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


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

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

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

More here.

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


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

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

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

More here.

_____________________________________________

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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