Monday, August 3, 2015

Can Reading Make You Sick? Electric Victorian Dilettanti Society! St Florian Pageant and Procession Lineup! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

We have many wonderful upcoming events at the Morbid Anatomy Museum!

First up is our Gowanus Pageant and Procession in honor of Saint Florian, patron saint of flooding! The day will begin with a procession in which we carry an effigy of The Saint from The Morbid Anatomy Museum to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. There, guests will enjoy special $4 “Gowanus Canal Juice” cocktails and complementary shuffleboard, as well as a three-hour variety with talks, film and music loosely inspired by the Gowanus. Talks will include Forensic Pathologist Jay Stahl-Herz, MD on the post-mortem challenges of bodies found in water, Will Ellis (Abandoned NYC) on famous Gowanus abandoned space The Batcave, AMNH's Erin Chapman with “A Short Illustrated Bestiary of the Gowanus,” and Ksenya Malina on processional banners used by lay confraternities in Renaissance Italy. There will also be a meditation on proper patron saints for sideshow performers' and sword swallowing demonstration by Lady Aye; short films curated by our friends at Imagine Science Films; Jonah Patrick King's film "The Dowsers" about a New Age activist cult worshipping privatized water; special songs by Jessica Delfino and Kim Boekbinder; and much more! The event will take place on Sunday, August 16; you can find up more and see a full line up here.

Other exciting newly announced events include Death Café with Louise de Winter (Tuesday, August 11, more here); A new iteration of The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour with cocktails by Art in the Age, this one featuring Tim Mullen with artifacts related from his collection of "Victorian Electricity" (Thursday, August 13th; more here); Can Reading Make You Sick? - The Strange History of the Idea of Books as a Cause of Disease with Historian of Medicine Dr. James Kennaway (Saturday, September 5th, more here); You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead: Notes from a Gothic Life with Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities (Friday, October 2nd, more here); "Mummy Cat," a picture book presentation and signing with illustrator Lisa Brown (Saturday, December 5th, more here); and a number of new taxidermy classes with Taxidermist in Residence Divya Anantharaman including Squirrel (Saturday, December 5th; more here); Fancy Pigeon (Sunday, December 6th; more here); Ermine (Saturday, January 9th; more here); Anthropomorphic Mouse One or Two Headed (Sunday, January 10th, more here); Fancy Rat (Saturday, February 27th, more here); and European Starling (Sunday, February 28th; more here).

We also have a few excellent events this week; tickets are still available for Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato (Tuesday, August 4th; more here); Dead and Lovely with Elizabeth Harper, of All the Saints You Should Know (Thursday, August 6th, more here) and Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton (Sunday, August 9th, more here) while Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman; Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith; and Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachman are all sold out.

To avoid sold out events--and to get exclusive hour-early access to our August 30 flea market--become a Morbid Anatomy Museum Member! Besides early entry and advance notice of events, members also enjoy discounted admissions and unlimited free museum entry, and help us keep a roof over our head! Find out more here.

There is also still time to enter our special fundraising raffle, where you have a chance to win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.
List of events follows. Hope to see you at one or more!
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 IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
    Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
  • Dead and Lovely: An Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Harper, All the Saints You Should Know.
    Thursday, August 6th, 8pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
    Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), SOLD OUT
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
    Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Death Café with Louise de Winter at the Morbid Anatomy Museum Cafe
    Tuesday, August 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, Tickets and more info here.

     
  • Morbid Anatomy and Art in the Age present The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour - Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library with Tim Mullen on "Victorian Electricity"
    Thursday, August 13th, 6 - 8 pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here
  • First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant, Procession and Variety Show: Procession, shuffleboard, drink specials, and Gowanus-themed variety show with music, lectures, sword swallowing, films and drink specials!
    Sunday, August 16; 2:30 - 6:30; Morbid Anatomy Museum and Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Can Reading Make You Sick? - The Strange History of the Idea of Books as a Cause of Disease with Historian of Medicine Dr. James Kennaway
    Saturday, September 5th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
  • You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead: Notes from a Gothic Life: An Illustrated Lecture with Evan Michelson.
    Friday, October 2nd, 8pm, $15 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
  • "Mummy Cat," a picture book presentation and signing with illustrator Lisa Brown
    Saturday, December 5th, 3pm, Free, More here
  • Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, December 5th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, December 6th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.
  • Ermine Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 9th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, January 10th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here.

  • Fancy Rat Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, February 27th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
  • European Starling Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 28th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $275. Tickets and more info here.
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ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Raccoon Shoulder Mount Class with Karie Innamorato
    Tuesday, August 4th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $450, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Evening Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30pm - 10:30pm, $110 (all tickets include admission to the museum), SOLD OUT here
  • Dead and Lovely: An Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Harper, All the Saints You Should Know.
    Thursday, August 6th, 8pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
  • Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction: An Illustrated Lecture with Psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith
    Friday, August 7th, 8pm - 10 PM, $8, SOLD OUT (info here)
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, August 8th, 11am - 6pm (with lunch break), $150 (includes museum admission), SOLD OUT
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
    Sunday, August 9th, 1pm - 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Party with Harold Schechter.
    Monday, August 10th, 8pm, $5, Tickets and more info here.
  • Death Café with Louise de Winter at the Morbid Anatomy Museum Cafe
    Tuesday, August 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, Tickets and more info here.
  • Common Shade: Dr. Seth A. Gopin on the Rural Cemetery in Paris and Beyond at Greenwood Cemetery
    Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 pm,  $25 / Members $20, Tickets (and more info) here** Offsite: Location: The Historic Chapel at Greenwood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
  • Morbid Anatomy and Art in the Age present The Dilettanti Society Happy Hour - Cocktails and Show and Tell in the Morbid Anatomy Library with Tim Mullen on "Victorian Electricity"
    Thursday, August 13th, 6 - 8 pm, $12 for members. Tickets and more info here.
  • Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
    Thursday, August 13th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • First Annual Morbid Anatomy Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant, Procession and Variety Show: Procession, shuffleboard, drink specials, and Gowanus-themed variety show with music, lectures, sword swallowing, films and drink specials!
    Sunday, August 16; 2:30 - 6:30; Morbid Anatomy Museum and Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court, $20, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir: An Illustrated Lecture with Marc Hartzman
    Monday, August 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Book Party for "The Zombie of Great Peru," by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, translated by Doug Skinner
    Thursday, August 20th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Starling Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Saturday, August 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $275 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Rat/ Guinea Pig with Wings Gaff Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato 
    Sunday, August 23rd, 12pm - 6pm, $235 (all tickets include admission to the museum), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
    Friday, August 28th, 8 pm, $12, SOLD OUT (more info here).
  • Myth, Magic and Michael Jackson: Illustrated Presentation and Michael Jackson Karaoke Birthday Party
    Saturday, August 29th, 8pm, $20/$15 for members, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House
    August 30th, 12 - 6 pm (Members get 11:00 AM entry) at The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, a block away from the Morbid Anatomy Museum). More info here.
  • Can Reading Make You Sick? - The Strange History of the Idea of Books as a Cause of Disease with Historian of Medicine Dr. James Kennaway
    Saturday, September 5th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
  • Charles Fort and the Forteans that Followed, an Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner 
    Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, September 12th, 10pm - 6 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here.
  • English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, September 13th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $195. Tickets and more info here.
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, September 20th, 12 pm to 7:30 pm, $400. Tickets and more info here.
  • Morbidity of Mathematics #2: Mathematical Murder, An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Luxor Mummy: The Fantasy and Reality of Egyptian Mummy Magic, an Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vital 
    Tuesday, September 29th, 8 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • Down the Hatch: The History and Anatomy of Sword Swallowing: An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise S. Carter aka The Lady Aye 
    Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • You Can't Kill Me, I'm Already Dead: An Illustrated Lecture with Evan Michelson.
    Friday, October 2nd, 8pm, $15 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, October 3rd (DAY), 10 am - 7 pm, $300. Tickets and more info here
  • Propaganda Magazine Party with Fred Berger.  
    Saturday, October 3rd (EVE), 8pm, $25 ( Oct. 2nd. Lecture + Oct 3rd Party Pass is $25 for Morbid Anatomy Members ) Tickets and more info here.
  • Archaeopteryx, Microraptors and Hopeful Monsters - Rogue Taxidermy Bird Dinosaur class with Divya Annantharaman
    Sunday, October 4th, 12 pm - 6:30 pm, $180. Tickets and more info here.
  • Hannibal Lecter, Book Collector, An Illustrated Lecture with Elisabeth Brander, Rare Book Librarian at Washington University 
    Thursday, October 8th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, an Illustrated lecture with David Jaher.
    Friday, October 16th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here.
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! 
    Monday, October 26th, 8pm, $12, SOLD OUT (and more info) here.
  • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An audiovisual trance journey with stopmotion animation and improvised sound
    Wednesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
  • Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, December 5th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.

  • "Mummy Cat," a picture book presentation and signing with illustrator Lisa Brown
    Saturday, December 5th, 3pm, Free, More here
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, December 6th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.
  • Ermine Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 9th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, One or Two Headed with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, January 10th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here.

  • Fancy Rat Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, February 27th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
  • European Starling Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 28th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $275. Tickets and more info here.
Image: Young et sa fille by Pierre-Auguste Vafflard. Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angoulême

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seeking Attribution for Wax Dying Christ Figure

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
      Saturday, October 3rd, 10 am - 7 pm, $300. Tickets and more info here
    • Archaeopteryx, Microraptors and Hopeful Monsters - Rogue Taxidermy Bird Dinosaur class with Divya Annantharaman
      Sunday, October 4th, 12 pm - 6:30 pm, $180. Tickets and more info here.
    • Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!  
      Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
    _______________________________________________________

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

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Monday, July 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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