Monday, September 29, 2014

Pathological Music! Edgar Alan Poe! Santa Muerte Screening with Director Q and A! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

Morbid Anatomy has a full schedule of fantastic events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum and beyond in the days and weeks to come!

Below you will find a list of newly announced events, as well as events taking place this week. To see all upcoming events, click here. If you like what you see, please consider supporting this kind of programming 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 one of these great upcoming events! 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED

• Back by Popular Demand: "Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with Jon Ronson
Tuesday, October 14th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here

 • Bat Skeleton in a Dome Workshop with Wilder Duncan
Sunday November 2nd, 1pm - 6pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here
THIS WEEK

• Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick?: An 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: An 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: Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows By The Seashore
Wednesday, October 1st, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

• The Everlasting Funeral of Edgar Alan Poe, co-sponsored by Center for Fiction: An Illustrated Lecture by Writer A. N. Devers
Thursday, October 2nd, 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

Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, October 4th, 12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here

Taxidermy Gone Rogue! Taxidermy Fair and Book Release for Robert Marbury's "Taxidermy Art" at the Bell House (OFFSITE AT THE BELL HOUSE!)
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014, 3pm, $10 - $30, Tickets (and more info) here
     
CORRECTIONS

Re-Collecting the Lost Museum: The Curious Afterlives of Natural History Specimens An Evening with the Jenks Society for Lost Museums
This event will take place Saturday (rather than Sunday) November 22, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Caitlin Doughty's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory" : Book Review by Tonya Hurley

Last week, our friend Caitlin Doughty came to the Morbid Anatomy Museum to talk about her new book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory. Tonya Hurley--acclaimed young adult novelist and a founding member of the museum--very kindly agreed to write the following review of the book for this blog; you can find out more about Tonya and her work by clicking here. You can order a copy of the book by clicking here.
Spoiler alert – WE ALL DIE.

But as first time author Caitlin Doughty notes in her brilliantly macabre, darkly comic memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory,  “looking our mortality in the eye is no easy feat.” In fact, for many, it is impossible, conjuring up our greatest fears and worst memories. An undeniable fact which Doughty acknowledges and then summarily dismisses as she urges her readers to ‘leave their metaphorical blindfolds at the door” as she pulls back “the formaldehyde curtain” on the American funeral industry. As you would expect, Doughty explores the taboo topic of death rituals as she chronicles her time working at a crematorium and eventually attending mortuary school. More than just an eye-in-the-sky expose, however, the book is also a very personal account, delivering an insider’s unvarnished look at what happens to our bodies after we’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.

Witty, humorous and profoundly insightful, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes documents Doughty’s days at Westwind Crematorium, where eager and green behind the ears, she tells a tale that skillfully leads the reader into her secret world, part Pied Piper, part Charon, transporter of souls across the river Styx. She describes the quirky, and often philosophical, characters that make up her workplace and pass through its doors and cremation machines. To her credit, she doesn’t hold back, giving the reader tantalizing morsels of horrifying details leavened by playful humor and historical facts about death rituals around the world ranging from the post-mortem cannibalism of the Wari people to Egyptian preservation – which is closest to our western practices to Tibetan sky burial courtesy of the vultures. 

Doughty, who’s life-long obsession with death informs Smoke, generously mixes details of her personal life  -- considering the exact moment when she became obsessed with death as a child after witnessing a little girl plummet in the mall -- with revolutionary ideas about how to treat our dead in a more ethical, green and loving ways. There are many laugh-out-loud moments -- “Hi, this is Amy from Science support; I’m dropping off some heads”-- and moments that will make you sick in the pit of your stomach like when she describes Mike, her Westwind mentor, preparing bodies in graphic detail. There are also such gut-wrenching moments as when she talks about the baby section of the freezer -- which they call the Sad Garden -- or when she cremates a young drug addict who, close to her age, is all alone with no one to give him a proper send off, his  mother relieved to no longer have to search the streets for him at night.

This book is entertaining, relatable, and revolutionary -- one that just might change your [after]life. She exposes the corporate funeral home trend and blows the whistle on the “beautiful death memory” they market. Doughty’s passion is contagious and her knowledge is boundless. She is a most likeable narrator, so likeable that you might end up wanting her to pull the switch at the crematorium before you become that “beautiful fire.”
Who should read this book: Fans of Roach’s Stiff, Mitford’s American Way of Death,  and/ or anyone who plans on dying someday.

To learn more about Doughty’s mission – visit the Order of the Good Death website and be sure to check out her Ask a Mortician videos
In short: A funny, insightful must-read for anyone who is planning to die. 
Tonya Hurley is a New York Times and international bestselling author of the ghostgirl series and The Blessed Trilogy. She created two television shows, has written and directed award-winning films broadcast on IFC and PBS, and is a founding board member of the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reflections on Being a Morbid Anatomy Museum Scholar in Residence: Guest Post by John Troyer, University of Bath's Centre for Death and Society

Following is a guest post in which Morbid Anatomy Museum former scholar in residence John Troyer of the University of Bath's Centre for Death and Society reflects, in his customarily thoughtful way, on his time at the museum. Thanks, John, and we already miss you!
One perk of being an academic is that you’re sometimes asked to temporarily join a cool organization as the in house scholar. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

This past August, I was the Scholar in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York.

An academic Residency can take on many forms and I focused on a few different activities alongside doing my own research.

I curated a group of films for a series I called “Tales from the Celluloid Coffin.” I also presented a group of illustrated lectures on my research.

The films covered everything from 1970’s future dystopias to contemporary ideas about memorializing the dead.

The illustrated lectures presented my research on a number of topics, including dead body disposal technology, necrophilia laws, and the future of death.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum had only been officially open about six weeks when my Residency began and it hit two months by the time I finished. This is important because the MAM is a new institution and is in the early stages of building its intellectual, artistic, and economic infrastructure.

The Museum grew out of the Morbid Anatomy Library, started in 2008 by Museum Creative Director Joanna Ebenstein. I have known Joanna since July 2009.

We first met when I gave a talk at the Morbid Anatomy Library space on the history of 19th century dead body preservation entitled ‘Bodies Embalmed by Us NEVER TURN BLACK!’: A Brief History of the Hyperstimulated Human Corpse. I then went on to give a series of other talks for the Library, as well as work with Joanna on events at the Coney Island Museum and in London.

Some general observations on the new Morbid Anatomy Museum and its transition away from the Morbid Anatomy Library:

The audiences for the films and lectures at the Museum are different than they were at the Library. I noticed this right away. The audiences were largely people who hadn’t been to many (if any) previous Museum or Library events, and weren’t entirely sure what to expect. This is good, I think. It’s bound to happen when institutions change and the Museum is in the process of building an entirely new kind of audience base. I always found the audiences for my Museum talks responsive and full of good questions. The key issue here is to maintain the Museum’s institutional integrity while building this new audience and to avoid defaulting to ‘wacky’ events in order to keep selling tickets. I don’t think that the MAM will lose sight of its intellectual foundations but, alas, economic concerns sometime begin to weigh on programming decisions. I’ve been part of those kinds of conversations many times in the past.

Another issue that became apparent to me during my Residency was that popular culture and mass media interest in death has peaked. This observation is partly related to the saturation coverage anything and everything about death is currently receiving from mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, Vice, National Public Radio, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc., the list goes on and on. At a certain point, the popular culture and mass media interest will also become farcical, something that seems to already be happening.

One sidenote: reporters should really, really learn to stop using death related puns and then think that they’re clever, but I’ve long since given up on that ever happening.

The other reason that I think popular culture interest in death has peaked is related to the research that I was doing during my Residency. I’m currently looking at 1970’s death discourse and end-of-life movements, mostly in America but also the United Kingdom. Until relatively recently, I was unaware how much popular attitudes towards death had changed from 1970-1979. It turns out that the 1970’s were a hotbed of discussion, activism, and death culture debate that significantly affected our contemporary moment. A number of groups that took shape during the 1970’s remain with us today, e.g., the death acceptance movement, the natural death movement (which advocated foregoing medical treatment to die ‘naturally’), and death with dignity groups.

One scholar’s work in particular, Lyn H. Lofland Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California Davis, really sums up (for me) how changes to American death attitudes create new kinds of societal norms. She also adds a cautionary note regarding death’s inevitable chic:
…it seems likely that eventually humans will construct for themselves a new, or at least altered, death culture and organization — a new “craft of dying” – better able to contain the new experience…I believe, as do other sociological observers…that in the ferment of activity relative to death and dying during the last two decades in the United States we have witnessed and are witnessing just such a reconstruction. Undoubtedly within this ferment, especially that emanating from the mass media, there are elements of fad and fashion – a thanatological “chic” as it were, having approximately the same level of import as organic gardening and home canning among the rich. And certainly one can never underestimate the capacity of American public discourse to transform “life and death matters” into passing enthusiasms. But there is, I believe, more to this activity than simply one more example of impermanent trendiness in modern life. Americans, especially affluent middle-class Americans, have been in the process of creating new or at least altered ways of thinking, believing, feeling, and acting about death and dying because they have been confronting a new “face of death.
This quote is on p.16 of her book The Craft of Dying: The Modern Face of Death, which was published in 1978. If anyone reading this passage was struck by how uncannily it describes 2014, then you’re not alone. Indeed, reading Lofland’s work has been a revelation and the 1970s have become my new area of research.

Per Lofland’s thirty-year-old observations, an institution such as the Morbid Anatomy Museum is made conceptually possible, I think, because of the current middle class interest in death and thanatological chic. What made the Museum physically possible was the time and labor spent building the Morbid Anatomy Library, a project that never set out to be fashionable. The challenge the Museum now faces is when death chic is replaced by another interest for the urban middle classes.

A final thought on an issue that the 1970’s were never able to solve. Affluent, mostly white middle-class Americans need to also expand their current death interests beyond themselves and begin tackling funeral and death poverty for the poor. It’s a lot easier to make elaborate home-based funerals your political cause when you’ve got the time (which translates into money) to do so. The quicker that this economic reality is recognized by today’s Happy Death Movement (a term Lofland coined in the 1970’s) the sooner longer lasting changes will occur.

The upside of these dilemmas is that even when death’s middle class fashionability dissipates, the face of death will continue to stare us all down.

In a word, the work never ends.

Many thanks to the following people who helped make my Residency so wonderful and productive:
Laetitia, Brant, Joanna, AC, Paco, Eric Sollien, Christine Colby and Lady Aye

And special thanks to:
Mac, Catherine, Daphne, Oona, and Simon
Photo of John Troyer at the Morbid Anatomy Museum by Christine Colby

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rogue Taxidermy! Lost Museums! Animal Mummies! Morbid Anatomy Events this Week and Beyond in New York and London

Morbid Anatomy has a number of fantastic events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn AND at a variety of spaces around London in the days and weeks to come!

For a list of all upcoming events, please click here. If you like what you see, please consider supporting this kind of programming 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 one of these great upcoming events!

Events This Week

In Brooklyn, at The Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 A Third Avenue, Brooklyn)
• 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
TONIGHT 
Monday, September 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
 

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"
SOLD OUT THIS Tuesday, September 23rd, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here

 

Fur-Ever Friends: Animal Mummies. An illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art

THIS Thursday, September 25, 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
THIS 
Friday, September 26th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
 

Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
THIS 
Saturday September 27th, 12pm-5pm, $110-$125, Tickets (and more info) here
 

The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Jeweler Karen BachmannTHIS Sunday, September 28th, 1pm-6pm, $105, Tickets (and more info) here 
In London:
Morbid Attractor - Haunted Taxonomies: Robert Williams: Dis Manibus and Roger Luckhurst: Voids, Corridors, Wires
LONDON, The Horse Hospital, 1 Colonnade, London, WC1N 1JD
THIS Tuesday 23 September,
Doors 7.30pm, Tickets £5/7; Tickets (and more info) here
 

The Thing Is... Morbid Anatomy
LONDON, The Wellcome Collection
THIS Thursday 25 September 2014, 7pm; Tickets (and more info) here 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED
OFFSITE AT THE BELL HOUSE: Atlas Obscura and Morbid Anatomy Museum Present Rogue Taxidermy Fair and Taxidermy Art Book Release
Sunday, October 5, 3pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here


Headless Horseman Variety Show: Mini-lectures, Physiognomy, and a Visit from the Headless Horseman!
Thursday, October 16th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here


How to Look Inside the Brain: An Illustrated Lecture by Carl Schoonover" An Illustrated Lecture by Carl Schoonover, author of "Portraits of the Mind, Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century"
Sunday, Wednesday October 22
, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here  

Morbid Anatomy Children's Halloween Party
Sunday, October 26th, 1pm-4pm, FREE, RSVP here, More info here

Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed!) Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday November 1st, 12pm-5pm, $110-$125, Tickets (and more info) here
  

That Dark Cabinet: Building the Morbid Anatomy Museum: An illustrated lecture by Robert Kirkbride, Ph.D., director of studio ‘patafisico,' and Associate Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Sunday, Tuesday, November 11th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here    

Re-Collecting the Lost Museum: The Curious Afterlives of Natural History Specimens: An Evening with the Jenks Society for Lost Museums
Sunday, November 22, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
 
Photo above: The lost Jenks Museum

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum Events CORRECTION and ADDENDUM

Apologies, but we have a a few corrections and additions to our last newsletter:

First off, we regret to say that Songs of Love, Loss, Death and Longing with Kai Irina Hahnl--scheduled for tonight, Friday September 19--has been postponed; stay tuned for more.

We also provided the wrong link for "A Theoretical Ghost: Analyzing the Uncanny Through the Lens of Charles Dickens' Night Walks with Romany Reagan" on Tuesday, November 4th; the proper one can be found here.

Additionally, we forgot to mention that this weekend--September 20 and 21--Morbid Anatomy will have a few tables in the Kickstarter tent of Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, where we will be displaying student taxidermy work and more! Details on that here.

And, lastly (but not leastly), please save the date for a special end-of-exhibition Morbid Anatomy Museum open house on Sunday, November 23rd. The museum will be free and open to the public for the entire day, and we'll have a variety of quirky museum tours, short talks, insect and wet specimen demonstrations, and screenings, as well as a reception/afterparty. Speakers and guides will include Mark Dion, Vicki Daniels, Kevin Murphy, Karen Bachmann and Joanna Ebenstein, and DJ in residence Friese Undine will be on hand with his arcane tunes. More to come on this very soon!

Apologies for the mistake, and hope very much to see you at one of these great events!

Image: Phuoc Quan, " London."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poe, Patents and Cultural Mourning: This Week and Beyond at The Morbid Anatomy Museum

Morbid Anatomy has scores of wonderful events taking place at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in the weeks and months to come! If you like what you see, please consider supporting this kind of programming 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 one of these great upcoming events!

EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK
  • The Draped Mirror: Reflections on a Cultural Mourning Practice: Lecture and After Hours Tour: An Illustrated lecture and Museum Late Night with Colin Dickey, Morbid Anatomy Museum Managing Director and author of "Cranioklepty" and "Afterlives of the Saints"THIS Wednesday, September 17th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here

  • "Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    THIS Thursday, September 18th; 8pm; $15 SOLD OUT
  • Songs of Love, Loss, Death and Longing with German Lyrical Soprano Kai Irina Hahn Pianist Jeremy Rafal POSTPONED
    THIS Friday, September 19th; 8pm; $12; Tickets (and more info) here
  • Torah Animal World Taxidermy Museum Field Trip
    THIS Sunday, September 21st; SOLD OUT
NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • The Everlasting Funeral of Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Lecture by Writer A. N. Devers; Co-sponsored by Center for FictionThursday, October 2nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Lies: Illustrated Lecture and Science Improv with Science Exclamation Point POINT
    Thursday, October 9th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Sex, Death and Rebirth in Ancient Egypt: Illustrated Lecture with Ava Vitalli
    Saturday, October 18th, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • An Evening with The Horror Writers Association
    Thursday, October 23, 8pm, $8
    , Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos Party: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Andrew Chesnut, Music, Costumes, Calavera Makeup, Tequila, Traditional Altar, Sugar Skulls, Death Piñata, and more! Sponsored by Modelo Especial!
    Friday, October 24th, 8pm,  $25 - $15, Tickets (and more info) here
 
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop
    Saturday, October 25th, 1 – 4 PM, $75, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Public Corpse: Death Rituals and the Spaces Dedicated to Them in Rome: An Illustrated Lecture by Elizabeth Harper
    Monday, November 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • A Theoretical Ghost: Analysing the Uncanny Through the Lens of Charles Dickens' Night Walks: An Illustrated Lecture with Romany Reagan, PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Tuesday, November 4th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Playthings and Patents: The Dark Intersection Between Toys, Technology and Art:: Illustrated Lecture with Eric "Indin" Bleich, Registered Patent Attorney
    Wednesday, November 5th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy, professor of early modern history at Hunter College
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll's Occult Imagination: An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll": Produced by Phantasmaphile
    Friday, December 12th; 8pm; $10,
    Tickets (and more info) here
Please note: this list includes ONLY newly announced and directly upcoming events; click here to see a complete list. And,  please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!

Become a Docent at the Morbid Anatomy Museum!

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

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

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







Thursday, September 11, 2014

October is "Death in Mexico" Month at Morbid Anatomy with Scholar in Residence Salvador Olguín

This October, the majority of the programming at the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be devoted to the unique cultural practices around death in Mexico under the tutelage of Mexico-born scholar in residence Salvador Olguín, a writer and researcher with an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU who has worked extensively with cultural artifacts connected to the representation of Death. 

Over the course of the month, Olguín will seek to explore--via lectures, screenings, workshops, a reading group, field trips and a party--the historical background behind some of Mexico's most intriguing cultural practices and artifacts such as Day of the Dead and Santa Muerte (see above). Offerings include a reading group exploring ways in which the theme of human sacrifice has haunted the Mexican nation ever since the Spaniards first learned about this practice among the Aztecs, and will culminate in our second annual Field Trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead. The month's activities are co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Following is a full list of events taking place as part of Olguín's residency. To learn more about him, click here. Hope to see you at one or more of these terrific events!
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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 worshiped 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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'Cuerpo Presente': Mourning and Cultural Representations of Death in Mexico, Featuring a Collection of Postmortem Photographs from Rural Mexico: An Illustrated lecture with Salvador Olguín
Date: Tuesday, October 7th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)


This illustrated lecture will present a series of postmortem photographs taken between the 1930’s and the 1950’s, when the tradition of celebrating a person’s departure with a last photo was very much alive in small towns and villages in Mexico.

More here.
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Halloween/Day of the Dead Flea Market with multiple vendors selling taxidermy galore, mexican folk art, unusual antiques, obscure books, and assorted curiosities
Date: Sunday, October 12th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: FREE


Halloween/Day of the Dead Flea Market with your favorite artists, makers and antique peddlers, including Rebeca Olguin and Day of the Dead folk art; Daisy Tainton with her insect shadowboxes and mourning rings; Invisible Gallery and with his taxidermilogical curiosities; Elizabeth New and her abject housewares; Deadly Chocolate by Curious Candies; and many more!

More here.

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Screening of ¡Que Viva Mexico! by Sergei Eisenstein
Date: Sunday, October 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets
here)In 1930, after failing to secure enough backing for his motion picture projects in the US, Russian filmmaker Serguéi Eisenstein headed south to Mexico, where he shot about 40 hours worth of film. The idea was to produce a movie celebrating Mexico’s violent and diverse history. The title: ¡Que viva México! Join us to watch this film in our large screen, and for a conversation with writer Salvador Olguín afterwards.
More here.

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Human Sacrifice in Theory and History: Mexico and Beyond: Reading and discussion group led by Salvador Olguín
Dates: Three Mondays, October 13th, 20th and 27th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $28 (tickets
here)

In this guided reading group, writer and Morbid Anatomy Museum scholar in residence Salvador Olguín will introduce attendees to texts, testimonials, and images dealing with the themes of human sacrifice and decapitation, in an attempt to understand the symbolic nature of current events and events in history. The class will touch on George Bataille's Acéphale society, which strove to, via a literal human sacrifice, save the world from catastrophe. It will also explore the ways in which the theme of human sacrifice has haunted the Mexican nation ever since the Spaniards first learned about this practice among the Aztecs.

More here.

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Field trip to Santa Muerte Shrine in Queens; save the date!
Date: October 18; More soon!

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Death and the Idea of Mexico: An Illustrated Lecture by Claudio Lomnitz, Director of the Center for Mexican Studies at Columbia University and author of Death and the Idea of Mexico
Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)


In this lecture, professor Lomnitz will provide us with a glance into said past. The lecture is based on Lomnitz’s book (available for sale and signing at the Museum) Death and the Idea of Mexico, the first social, cultural, and political history of death in a nation that has made death its tutelary sign.

More here.

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Annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Party

Featuring an illustrated Lecture by Dr. Andrew Chestnut, Music, Costumes, Calavera Makeup, Tequila, Traditional Altar, Sugar Skulls, Death Piñata, and more!
Date: Friday, October 24th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $25 - $15 for Morbid Anatomy Museum Members (tickets
here)
Presented by Morbid Anatomy and Borderline Projects


Please join us on Friday, October 24 for our annual Morbid Anatomy Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos costume party! Featuting a mini-lecture by Dr. Andrew Chestnut, author of "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint," Calavera Makeup by Jane Rose, tequila, music, sugar skulls, our beloved La Catrina, exotic tunes by DJ in Residence Friese Undine, a Day of the Dead Altar honoring the late film director Luis Bunuel, a Mexican Food Truck and, as always, an opportunity to strike a mortal blow to our beautiful piñata of Lady Death herself!

More here.

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Papel Picado (Day of the Dead Cut Paper Decoration) workshop with Rebeca Olguín

Date: Sunday, October 26th
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Admission: $100 (tickets here)


During this workshop the participants will make their own papel picado creations withdrawing inspiration from the traditional techniques and motives of the art of papel picado in Mexico

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.

Photo: Santa Muerte shrine, Mexico City.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Symposium: The Visual Culture of Medicine and Its Objects, Riggs Library, Georgetown University, Washington DC, September 23

I wish I could attend this free, open to the public excellent looking symposium co-organized by good friend Michael Sappol of The National Library of Medicine!
Symposium: The Visual Culture of Medicine and Its Objects
September 23, 2014
Riggs Library, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Organizers: Keren Hammerschlag (Georgetown University),
Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine)

The Department of Art amd Art History at Georgetown University, in collaboration with the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health), presents an interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to critically and creatively examining medical objects, broadly conceived. Presenters from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds will undertake close readings of medical objects in a variety of media and genres—book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, pamphlets, photographs, instruments, motion pictures and more—from the collections of the National Library of Medicine, Georgetown University, and other repositories. Our aim is to encourage new ways of engaging with objects that sit at the intersection between art and medicine. The outcome, we hope, will be a broadened conception of how the visual and notions of visuality function or falter in medical practice past and present. The program can be found online at http://art.georgetown.edu/story/1242756485205.html

All welcome but numbers are limited. Please register by emailing: keren.hammerschlag@georgetown.edu

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Morbid Attractor! The Thing is at The Wellcome! Day of the Dead Party! Death and the Idea of Mexico! Avian Finery of the Gilded Age! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

Morbid Anatomy has scores of wonderful events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn AND at a variety of spaces around London in the days and weeks to come!

First off, we are delighted to be teaming up with our friends at Strange Attractor for a new event series called, of course, "Morbid Attractor;" hope to see you at its first iteration--dedicated to haunted taxonomies--on Tuesday, September 23rd at London's Horse Hospital.

We are also very excited about a series of events produced in tandem with Salvador Olguín, Morbid Anatomy's October Scholar in Residence, which will explore the historical background behind some of Mexico's most intriguing cultural practices and artifacts. The month will culminate in our second annual field trip to Mexico for Day of the Dead and is co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. You can see a full list of events--which feature illustrated lectures on Mourning and Cultural Representations of Death in Mexico and Death and the Idea of Mexico with Columbia Uninversity's Claudio Lomnitz; a Halloween/Day of the Dead Flea Market; a reading group on Human Sacrifice in Theory and History; a field trip to Santa Muerte Shrine in Queens and our annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Party--by clicking here.

Below you will find a list of events taking place this week and newly announced events; for a list of all upcoming events, please click here. If you like what you see, please consider supporting this kind of programming 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 one of these great upcoming events!

EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK
  • "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

    THIS Wednesday, September 10th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here

    (for a recent Morbid Anatomy review of the book, click here.
     
  • Industrial Ladies: An Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, Morbid Anatomy Museum Scholar in residence 

    THIS Thursday, September 11th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Sounds of the Ether - The Strange Universe of the Theremin: A Concert and Lecture with Dorit Chrysler
    THIS Friday, Sept. 12th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS

In London:
  • Morbid Attractor - Haunted Taxonomies: Robert Williams: Dis Manibus and Roger Luckhurst: Voids, Corridors, Wires
    LONDON, The Horse Hospital, 1 Colonnade, London, WC1N 1JDTuesday 23 September, Doors 7.30pm, Tickets £5/7; Tickets (and more info) here 
     
  • The Thing Is... Morbid Anatomy
    LONDON, The Wellcome Collection, Thursday 25 September 2014, 7pm
    ; Tickets (and more info) here
In Brooklyn:
  • Screening of Santa Muerte followed by moderated discussion between Salvador Olguín and director Eva Aridjis
    October 3, 8:00 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • 'Cuerpo Presente': Mourning and Cultural Representations of Death in Mexico, Featuring a Collection of Postmortem Photographs from Rural Mexico: An Illustrated lecture with Salvador Olguín
    October 7, 8:00 pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Halloween/Day of the Dead Flea Market with multiple vendors selling taxidermy galore, mexican folk art, unusual antiques, obscure books, and assorted curiosities. 

    October 12, 12-6pm, FREE, More info here 

  • Screening of ¡Que Viva Mexico! by Sergei Eisenstein
    October 12, 8:00 pm, $8,
    Tickets (and more info) here

  • Human Sacrifice in Theory and History: Mexico and Beyond: Reading and Discussion Group. Reading and discussion group with Salvador Olguín, Morbid Anatomy "Death in Mexico" Scholar in Residence

    Three Mondays, October 13th, 20th and  27th, 8pm, $28, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Field trip to Santa Muerte Shrine in Queens
    October 18, More info soon!
     
  • Death and the Idea of Mexico: Illustrated lecture by Claudio Lomnitz
    October 21, 8pm, $8,
     Tickets (and more info) here 

  • Annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Party
    October 24, 8pm, $15 Members/$25 Regular, Tickets (and more info) here 

  • Papel Picado Workshop with Artist Rebeca Olguín

    Sunday, October 26th, 1pm - 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • When Women Wore Birds: Avian Finery of the Gilded Age. Illustrated lecture with Laura Allen, American Museum of Natural History
    
Thursday, November 6th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll's Occult Imagination. An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll" 

    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here 
Please note: this list includes ONLY newly announced and directly upcoming events; click here to see a complete list. And,  please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!

Image: From The Richard Harris Collection

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Knick, Minus Painkillers: Review of Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz's "Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine," by Rebecca Rego Barry

This Wednesday, September 10th, The Morbid Anatomy Museum will be hosting author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz for a talk based on her new book Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Rebecca Rego Barry--editor of Fine Books and Collections magazine and a collector of nineteenth-century surgical books--has just written a fascinating and informative review of the the book, which follows below. You can find out more about Rebecca here. Hope very much to see you at the lecture with the author on Wednesday night, where copies of the book will be available for sale and signing! More on that here.
The Knick, Minus Painkillers
Gory medical scenes in director Steven Soderbergh’s brainchild, "The Knick," will make viewers squirm. The new Cinemax series, which debuted on August 8, is certainly not for the squeamish (it airs on Friday nights). Five minutes into the first episode, we’re already watching a surgeon slice into an anesthetized pregnant woman in his twelfth unsuccessful—and deadly—attempt at a C-section. And yet, the show’s bloodiness pales in comparison to the torture described in a fascinating new book by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham Books, Sept., $27.50). The difference? Ether.   
"The Knick" is set in a fictional version of the real Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, a relatively modern age for medicine. By then, at least, doctors understood that cleanliness, particularly sterilized hands and tools, could seriously diminish the spread of infection. They also had the ability to chemically induce sleep in patients who needed surgical treatment. Not so the physicians in Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter’s time, only sixty years earlier. When he cut into a patient, she felt every incision. During one of the surgeries chronicled by Aptowitz, Mütter removes a chunk of skin from the neck of a 28-year-old woman, who, having been badly burned at the age of 5, was considered a “monster.” With one attendant to restrain her, Mütter took his scalpel to her neck “deep enough to get through the heavy scar tissue, but light enough to, hopefully, avoid the delicate muscles of the neck and the heavily trafficked arteries and veins.” And after he had finished with that, the second stage of the surgery commenced. “The woman tried to stifle her cry as Mütter carved out a piece of skin from her back—six and half inches in length, by six in width, slightly larger but the same shape as the wound on the front of her neck.” He had created a “flap,” which was then lifted over her shoulder and stitched onto her damaged neck—all of that, without so much as a drop of nitrous oxide (they prescribed mouthfuls of wine, as needed). He then starved her for almost a week, which was considered ‘best practices,’ and she lived. 
The Virginia-born Mütter studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and in Paris, but returned to Philadelphia to lead an American renaissance in medical care. This was a world, Aptowitz reminds readers, where bleeding a patient, with a lancet or a leech, was a common treatment for just about anything, and “one in every four births resulted in the death of the infant.” Add to that a lack of electricity, regular outbreaks of cholera, typhus, and dysentery, plus the ubiquitous tuberculosis, and you can understand when the author writes, “Philadelphia in the early 1800s was an easy place to die.”
Dr. Mütter’s particular interest was plastic surgery and helping those with congenital or acquired deformities; he sewed up cleft palates and removed unsightly tumors. As the brash, young chair of surgery at the startup Jefferson Medical College, he inspired thousands of students, facilitated the building of a teaching hospital, championed sanitary practices even though germ theory was still being debated in American medical schools, and introduced the use of ether anesthesia in Philadelphia after two Boston doctors gave the first-ever public demonstration of the drug in October of 1846. (Philadelphia was not impressed; the board of the city’s Pennsylvania Hospital voted to ban surgical anesthesia for seven years.)
Mütter was an innovator, a bit more industrious and a bit less drug-addled, perhaps, than his counterpart on "The Knick," Dr. John Thackery, played by Clive Owen, but Thackery has his moments, too. When faced with an emergency procedure for a man dying of septicemia who also has bronchitis and cannot be put under, the good doctor improvises with a cocaine epidural. A bold and historically appropriate move—the show’s writers and producers have done their homework—because attempting the surgery without sedation would have been impossible, right? Thackery informs his students, “We must operate but we cannot do it to a man who will feel pain.”
That’s why Mütter and his colleagues, even the obtuse ones who refused to believe in contagion, seem quite heroic in Aptowitz’s engaging book. They sawed off entire limbs to the sound of blood-curdling screams, knowing full well that many on whom they labored would die anyway.
Mütter, the handsome and well-dressed doctor with audacious ideas, was not exactly lost to history before Aptowitz picked up his trail, but interest in early medicine—and his Mütter Museum, which he founded with his own collection of anatomical specimens and oddities and $30,000 just before his early death at age 48—was certainly relegated to a small group of fans who like a little history with their blood and guts. Those of us who visit places like the The Morbid Anatomy Museum, watch shows like "The Knick," and read books like this one.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Today and Tomorrow: Vesalius Continuum: Conference Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Andreas Vesalius: Zakynthos, Greece

I am delighted to be speaking tomorrow, Sunday September 7th, at "Vesalius Continuum," a conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of "father of modern anatomy" Andreas Vesalius.

I will be speaking about The Morbid Anatomy Museum as part of an afternoon session beginning at 2:00 and entitled "Fabrica Vitae; the stuff of life: A perception of the human body seen through the eye of the contemporary artist" and chaired by Pascale Pollier and Martin Kemp of Spectacular Bodies fame.

Organized by friends Pascale Pollier and Dr. Ann Van de Velde, the "Vesalius Continuum" will take place on the Greek island of Zakynthos (where Vesalius dies in 1564) from September 4-8, and will host a wonderful mix of scientists and artists, medical historians, art historians, medical artists and contemporary artists.

Full conference lineup fellows; for more--and to register!--click here. Hope very much to see you there!
Vesalius Continuum Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Andreas Vesalius
Conference Program
Zakynthos, Greece September 4-8 2014

Thursday, 4 September 2014

10.00: gathering of the officials, speakers and guests
10.30: Opening Ceremony (hosted by Theo Dirix)
10.35: Greetings of Welcome by  Mr Stelios Bozikis, Mayor of Zakynthos; H.E. Marc Van den Reeck, Ambassador of Belgium in Athens; Pascale Pollier, President BIOMAB and AEIMS
10.55: Greek representatives of the Ministries of Health, Education and Tourism
11.15: Key-note speaker: Stefanos Geroulanos, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery, University of Zurich, Prof emeritus History of Medicine, University of Ioannina, President
11.45: Welcome drink and canapes (hosted by Dr. Stephen Joffe)
13.15 – 14.00: Unveiling of the new monument sculpted by Richard Neave and Pascale Pollier and Plinth with Vesalius coat of arms sculpted by Chantal Pollier and Inauguration
17.00 – 19.30: Round Table: "Traveling through time with a camera in Zakynthos:,
Vesalius and the healers in his footsteps" chaired by: Katerina Demeti, Director of the Museum of D. Solomos and Katerina Kabassi, Head of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, TEI of Ionian Islands

Friday, 5 September 2014 / morning session 09:00-12:30
Session 1: Andreas Vesalius – The Life.
Chairs: Stephen Joffe (USA) and Pavlos Plessas (GR)
Speakers:
09.00 – 09.20: Raffaele De Caro - Vesalius’ time in Padova
09.20 – 09.40: Theodoor Goddeeris - Itinerarium Andreae Vesalii
09.40 – 10.00: Maurits Biesbrouck - The last months of Andreas Vesalius
10.00 – 10.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20: Pavlos Plessas - Powerful indications that Vesalius died from scurvy
11.20 – 11.40: Sylviane Dederix- The Quest for the Grave, a G.I.S of the vicinity of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church
11.40 – 12.00: Omer Steeno - Franciscus and Anna: Vesalius’ Brother and Sister in the Spotlight
12.00 – 12.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Lunch break

Topics: The details of Vesalius’ life were established, to a considerable extent, in Charles O’Malley’s biography published in 1964 on the 400th anniversary of his death and in a later work by Stephen Joffe. However, much recent original historical work (by Steeno, Biesbrouck Goddeeris and Plessas) has focused on the circumstances of his last voyage, his death and his burial place on the island (The Quest for the Grave: Pantokrator or Santa Maria delle Grazia?). Presentation of a G.I.S. by Sylviane Dederix of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.) and Institute for Mediterranean Studies (I.M.S.) (deputy director Apostolos Sarris) and Pavlos Plessas, seconded by EBSA, the Belgian School in Athens (director Jan Driessen), sponsored by Agfa Healthcare and coordinated by Theo Dirix, will be made by Sylviane Dederix (F.O.R.T.H., UCL). An attempt is made to identify Vesalius’s cause of death (Pavlos Plessas).

Friday, 5 September 2014 / afternoon session 14:00 – 17:30
Session 2: Andreas Vesalius- The Work.
Chairs: Vivian Nutton (UK) and Sachiko Kusukawa (UK).
Speakers:
14.00 – 14.20: Guy Cobolet – Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica in context
14.20 – 14.40: Daniel Garrison - Vesalius’ Epistle on the China Root (1546): The Recovering Humanist
14.40 – 15.00: Jacqueline Vons - Vivitur ingenio
15.00 – 15.30: Discussion
15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break
16.00 – 16.20: Stephane Velut.-Vesalius’ Anatomical Observations
16.20 – 16.40: Vivian Nutton - Vesalius and his Annotations
16.40 – 17.00: David J. Williams - Vesalius at Cambridge
17.00 – 17.30: Discussion

Topics: The Fabrica (1543) will of course be the central focus. There are two new developments of special interest concerning what is rightly considered to be one of the great treasures of Western civilisation. A second edition has recently been discovered which scholarly analysis (by Nutton) suggests was annotated by Vesalius himself in preparation for a never published third edition. Karger, located in Basel where the original was published, are bringing out a new English translation (by Garrison and Hast) to coincide with the quincentenary. Attention will also be directed toward his other works such as the Epitome and the China Root Epistle.

20.30: Open Air Concert with Beatriz Macias (flute, voice), Yannick Van De Velde (piano) and Roeland Henkens (trumpet), at the Church of Faneromeni, built in the 17th C, destroyed by the earthquake of 1953, but restored following its original design. The concert opens a tour on the Ionian Islands as part of the cultural cycle: Things from Belgium.

Saturday, 6 September 2014 / morning session 09:00-12:30
Session 3: The art of human anatomy: Renaissance to 21st century
Chairs: Brian Hurwitz ( UK) and Ruth Richardson (UK).
Speakers:
09.00 – 09.20: Robrecht van Hee – Vesalius’s long term impact
09.20 – 09.40: Francis Wells – Leonardo’s working heart
09.40 – 10.00: Roberta Ballestriero – Three dimensional anatomy
10.00 – 10.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20: Ruth Richardson – Gray’s Anatomy
11.20 – 11.40: Paolo Mazzarello and Valentina Cani- Golgi and the fine structure of the nervous system
11.40 – 12.00: Marco Catani- the art of brain imaging
12.00 – 12.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Lunch break

Topics: Relations between the art and science of anatomy from the time of Vesalius to the present will be considered with particular emphasis on the role of the medical artist and the changing nature of anatomical illustration over the last five centuries. Pivotal changes in the art of anatomy will be examined including the evolution of media and brain imaging from Golgi to Geschwind.

Saturday, 6 September 2014 /afternoon session 14:00-17:30
Session 4: 21st century anatomy teaching and learning Quo Vadis?
Chairs: Peter Abrahams (UK) and Francis van Glabbeek (BE).
Speakers:
14.00 – 14.20: Bernard Moxham – A modern way of learning gross anatomy/dissection by the students
14.20 – 14.40: Susan Standring - Grays anatomy: past, present and future roles of a major reference book
14.40 – 15.00: Shane Tubbs - Translational research: can surgery focus anatomical research and education- the reverse of Vesalius’ time?
15.00 – 15.20: Marios Loukas - Radiology and imaging : a servant of anatomists or shining light of clinical anatomy education?
15.20 – 15.40: Discussion
15.40 – 16.00: Coffee break
16.00 – 16.20: Robert Trelease – Ideal world or not: designing modern anatomy teaching and facilities for meeting changing demands in evolving curricula.
16.20 – 16.40: Richard Turnstall - Latest technology: how can emerging technologies enhance anatomy teaching and learning and has 3D technology got an important future role?
16.40 – 17.00: Tom Lewis – Mobile technology and medical Apps in modern anatomy education: an innovative replacement for the cadaver experience?
17.00 – 17.30: Questions and discussion-Final summary
Speakers all Sponsored by: St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies

Saturday, 6 September 2014 /evening 19:00-20:00
Film: ‘Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart?' by Jan Fabre and Giacomo Rizzolatti
Film: Fabrica Vitae by Sofie Hanegreefs and Jelle Jansens

Sunday, 7 September 2014 / morning session 09:00-12:30
Session 5: 21st century art of human anatomy.
Chair: Ann Van de Velde (BE).
Speakers:
09.00 – 09.20: Eleanor Crook – Depicting a mechanism of life: why the dissected body will not lie down and die.
09.20 – 09.40: Rachael Allen – Project ANATOME: when artist meets anatomy education.
09.40 – 10.00: Margot Cooper and Catherine Sultzmann- Staying ahead of the curve: the future of 3D models and the past from which they developed
10.00 – 10.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 – 11.20: Lisa Temple-Cox and Glenn Harcourt – “It’s my own invention”. Looking glass and speculum: an anatomical Alice.
11.20 – 11.40: Tonya Hines - Open Access Publishing: The Role of Medical Illustrators in Open Science
11.40 – 12.00: Lucy Lyons – Drawing parallels
12.00 – 12.30: Discussion
10.30 – 11.00: Lunch break

Topics: The role of the medical artist in the 21st century will be addressed together with strategies for the education of medical artists and medical students. The wider field of medical art in the forensic field, in the research field and in the publishing world and literature will be explored, and a close look taken at European ‘Art and Science’ courses and collaborations.

Sunday, 7 September 2014 / afternoon session 14:00-17:00
Session 6: Fabrica Vitae; the stuff of life: A perception of the human body seen through the eye of the contemporary artist
Chairs: Pascale Pollier (BE) and Martin Kemp (UK).
Speakers:
14.00 – 14.20: Stelarc - Engineering aliveness and affect in humanoid robots.
14.20 – 14.40: Nina Sellars- The optics of anatomy and light
14.40 – 15.00: Mara Haseltine – Geotherapy, Art from the Nano to the Geo : Art that addresses the link between our biological and cultural evolution.
15.00 – 15.30: Discussion
15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break
16.00 – 16.20: Joanna Ebenstein – The Morbid Anatomy Museum: A new institution devoted to art and medicine, death and culture, and the things which fall between the cracks
16.20 – 16.40: Andrew Carnie – A change of heart
16.40 – 17.00: Film; Fabrica Vitae by Jelle Jansens and Sofie Hanegreefs. (Andere
Wereld films)
17.00 – 17.30: Discussion

Topics: A session devoted to a variety of cultural events at the interface between the human body, science and technology, sci art, the cyborg body, quantum physics, encompassing performance art, theatre, music and poetry.

Special Plenary Lecture
17.30: Martin Kemp ‘Rhetorics of the real in the Fabrica: Vesalius’s graphic and textual strategies’

Sunday, 7 September 2014 / evening 18:30 -19:30
18:30 – 19:30: Private View exhibition Fabrica Vitae with Champagne reception

Monday, 8 September 2014 / morning session 09:00-10:00
09:00- 10:00: Annual General Meeting for
MAA, AEIMS, and other associations
With thanks to our sponsors
  • Paulsen Media BV
  • Dr. and Mrs Stephen N. Joffe, USA
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Vesalius Trust
  • St George’s University Medical School, Grenada
  • Association Européenne des illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS)
  • Biological and Medical Art in Belgium (BIOMAB)
  • H.E. Marc Van den Reeck, Ambassador of Belgium, Athens
  • Theo Dirix, Consul, Embassy of Belgium, Athens
  • The Municipality of Zakynthos, Greece
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium
  • The Organizing Committee expresses its gratitude to all organizations and individuals offering advice and support.
Image: Frontispiece to Andreas Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem. Basel: Johannes Oporinus, 1555. Found here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Morbid Anatomy Museum Seeking Full-Time Barista for its Cafe!

Interested in working for Morbid Anatomy? The Morbid Anatomy Museum is now seeking a full-time barista for its cafe. If you are interested, please send email explaining your interest and qualifications along with a resumé to paco [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org. Interest in Morbid Anatomy blog and content a plus!
Barista
The Morbid Anatomy Museum seeks an experienced, full-time barista for its new café. Located in Gowanus, the café serves Museum patrons and community members during regular operating hours and some Museum public lectures and events.

Qualified applicants will be familiar with espresso preparation and have previous front-of-house food service experience. An interest in specialty coffee and industry best practices is a plus, as are a flexible schedule and a food protection certificate. Training will be provided to help build your skills and develop your craft.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stage Actress Ellen Terry's Lady Macbeth Gown, Made of 1000 Jewel Beetle Wings, 1888


A fascinating bit of news just sent my way by good friend, the über-talented Matt Murphy:
Victorian-Era Dress, Made With 1,000 Beetle Wings, Restored for £50,000
It took 1,300 hours and £50,000 ($81,000), but a glittering emerald gown made from 1,000 beetle parts is ready for its stage entrance once more. Decked with the sloughed-off wings of the jewel beetle, and worn by actress Ellen Terry in the role of Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888, the dress was one of the most celebrated costumes of the era. Although it’s immortalized in a John Singer Sargent portrait currently at the Tate, the dress has seen much wear, tear, and alterations in its 120 years, rising to the top of the National Trust’s conservation priority list."
Full story can be found on Ecouterre by clicking here.

Photos by Zenzie Tinker.

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.   
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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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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
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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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.  

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  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.

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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.

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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.

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