Friday, July 22, 2016

Seeking Development Intern for the Morbid Anatomy Museum

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is seeking an enthusiastic and reliable Development Intern!

Under the supervision of the Development Director, the Development Intern will work on both Institutional and Individual Giving efforts at the museum. The ideal candidate has a strong desire to learn more about fundraising for an arts organization, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to write well. Candidates should also be able to think creatively when problem solving and possess strong attention to detail and organizational skills. Ideally the candidate will be available to work 15 hours a week.

Please note: This is an unpaid position.

The Development Intern will gain practical experience in patron relations, prospect research, grant-writing, special events, and database management. This position offers the opportunity to gain experience working on significant fundraising projects for a small museum and new non-profit. Supervised projects will include the annual appeal letter, grant proposal writing, assisting with benefits and donor cultivation events, drafting acknowledgment letters for various campaigns, researching potential new foundation and individual donors, and ensuring donor information is accurate and up-to-date.

Interested applicants may send a resume and brief cover letter to: Cristina Preda, cristina@morbidanatomymuseum.org

Image of The Morbid Anatomy Museum sourced here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Flying Saucers and Hidden Worlds: A Brief History of Extraterrestrial Pulp: Guest Post by Jack Womack

Next Thursday, July 7th, we hope you'll join us for a night of extraterrestrial pulp with author and journalist Mark Jacobson as he welcomes world's greatest collector of flying saucer memorabilia Jack Womack. Womack's collection stretches back to the original 1947 sighting by Kenneth Arnold and continues through the paperback heyday of the 1950's and 60's. Kept on file at Georgetown University, it has been compiled into the forthcoming book Flying Saucers Are Real! featuring an introduction by Science Fiction immortal William Gibson.

Following is a guest post by Jack Womack, which will provide a foretaste of the evening's festivities. The above images are also sourced from his collection. Hope to see you there!
In the past seventy years we saw an enormous increase worldwide of the fear of government, the fear of science, and the fear of experts, for multiple reasons. As is now clear, one of the most effective means of initially spreading such paranoia worldwide, and especially in the United States, turned out to be by flying saucer.

Two men--one by pure happenstance, the other by pure deliberation--brought flying saucers into the world as we know them today. In 1943 Richard Shaver, a welder by trade, sent a 10,000 word rant entitled "A Warning to Future Man" to Ray Palmer, editor of the pulp magazine *Amazing Stories*, and the paterfamilias of much that is 20th century woo-woo.

Shaver's narrative told of the Dero, who are survivors of the Old Ones who used to inhabit earth -- the Dero live inside the earth, understand -- and who are responsible for all bad things that happen, everywhere. The Dero are also prone to kidnapping surface women when they press the wrong button on elevators, or go into the wrong subway tunnel afterward subjecting them to unimaginable horrors. Palmer, naturally, immediately rewrote it into a story, "I Remember Lemuris" that he naturally presented as non-fiction. The response was enormous, and sales of the magazine shot up even as science fiction fans complained bitterly that such nonsense was being published as non-fiction.

Later, Shaver told Palmer that he knew of the Dero because he had heard the screams through his welding machine.

Palmer's experience with what came to be known as the Shaver Mystery prepared him to be ready to move when, on June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold--a pilot in Washington state--reported seeing nine silver discs flying over the Cascades. He told reporters on the ground when he landed. By June 26, the phrase "flying saucers" was being used worldwide.

Palmer, seeing a new opportunity, moved quickly. While he stayed in touch with Shaver over the years, he refocused on Things in the Sky: and the result was not unlike the appearance of a Celestial Elvis.

Mark and I will be talking about these two characters, without whom we would not have had the X-Files--nor, possibly, some branches of the militia. I'll be drawing upon the information and illustrations on my forthcoming book Flying Saucers Are Real! as we reexamine the beginnings of a belief which, in unexpected ways and unexpected places, wound up in some ways, as was warned, conquering the world.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Devil in Film! Ode to Kraftwerk! Morbid Anatomy Williamsburg Flea! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

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We have some great events to announce this week and beyond at Morbid Anatomy!


On Sunday, we hope to see you at our first Williamsburg Flea Market at Villain! The larger space means thirty amazing vendors including Ryan Matthew Cohn, Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn ofTV's Oddities and The NYC Taxidermy Collective featuring Taxidermist in Residence Divya Anantharaman ; Invisible Gallery; Will Baker Books; and many more. They will be making available skulls, anatomical artwork, taxidermy, fraternal order rarities,Victorian hair work, obscure books, vintage natural history, jewelry, art, ephemera and more. You can also get your cards read by the Tarot Society and enjoy delightful cocktails! As always, Morbid Anatomy Members gain access one hour early and skip the line all day; more on that here.


Full list of events follow. Hope very much to see you at one or more!
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IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
• World Making Through Personal Symbols with Rebecca Purcell at the ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York
4 Nights: June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm, $75 (includes materials) ***OFFSITE - ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016. Tickets and more info here.

• Welcome to the Department of Moving On, a screening with Julia Leffler
Wednesday June 22nd, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction, with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, June 24th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, June 25th, 11 am to 6 pm, $150. Tickets and more info here.

• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg! Over 30 Vendors Selling Taxidermy Galore, Artful Bones, Unusual Antiques, Obscure Books and More!
Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members 11am or skip the line; Morehere. To become a member, click here $1, *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
• Insect, Arachnid, and Reptile Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez
Monday, July 18th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Female Freaks: Sex, Science and Sideshow, An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise Carter
Thursday, July 21st, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
Saturday, July 30th, 1 pm to 4 pm, $75. Tickets and more info here.

Kevin Geeks Out about the Devil: A Multi-Media Evening Devoted to the Devil in Film with Kevin Maher, Paul Murphy and Tenebrous Kate
Friday August 5th, 7 pm, $13. Tickets and more info here.

Dreams from Another Dimension? An Illustrated Presentation with Dream Researcher Dr. Stanley Krippner, Introduced by President of the Parapsychology Foundation Lisette Coly
Thursday, August 11th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Ode to Kraftwerk: A Multimedia Presentation and DJed Afterparty Celebrating The History and Music of Kraftwerk, with Musician Stephen Vesecky
Friday, September 9th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.
_______________________________________________
ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
• World Making Through Personal Symbols with Rebecca Purcell at the ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York
4 Nights: June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm, $75 (includes materials) ***OFFSITE - ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016. Tickets and more info here.

• Welcome to the Department of Moving On, a screening with Julia Leffler
Wednesday June 22nd, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction, with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, June 24th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, June 25th, 11 am to 6 pm, $150. Tickets and more info here.

• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg! 35 Vendors Selling Taxidermy Galore, Artful Bones, Unusual Antiques, Obscure Books and More!
Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members 11am or skip the line; More here. To become a member, click here $1, *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

• And He Made a Fiddle Peg out of her Finger Bone: A Live Performance of American Murder Ballads by Ilan Moss and Alex Kramer
Monday, June 27th, 7pm, $12.Tickets and more info here.

• First Blood Transfusions: An Illustrated History by Elizabeth Yale, Presented by JSTOR
Wednesday, June 29th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• The Bone Rooms, From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums: An Illustrated Lecture with Samuel J. Redman
Thursday, June 30th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Flying Saucers Are Real: An Evening of Extraterrestrial Show and Tell with Journalist Mark Jacobson and Jack Womack
Thursday, July 7th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Surrealism and Alchemy: More than just a pretty picture, an Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
Friday July 8th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
Saturday, July 9th, 1pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.

• The Thing That Knowledge Can't Eat: Engaging the Power of Archetypes and Deities for Radical Transformation/ Exploring the Seven Souls with Langston Khan and Demetrius Lacroix
Tuesday, July 12th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Goth 101: A History of the Postpunk and Goth Subculture, 1978 - 1992, An Illustrated Lecture with Andi Harriman
Thursday, July 14th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Insect, Arachnid, and Reptile Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez
Monday, July 18th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Female Freaks: Sex, Science and Sideshow, An Illustrated Lecture with  Ilise Carter
Thursday, July 21st, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here

• English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, July 24th, 12, $195. Tickets and more info here.

• Dying Onstage: Real and Imaginary Deaths in Live Performance: An illustrated Lecture by Michael Lueger: Presented by JSTOR
Wednesday, July 27th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• I Can Sell My Body If I Wanna: Riot Grrrl Body Writing, Feminist Resistance, and Neoliberalism: An Illustrated Lecture with Leah Perry
Thursday, July 28th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Daisy Tainton
Saturday, July 30th, 1 pm to 4 pm, $75. Tickets and more info here.

• Living Room Show: An Intimate Musical Evening with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets
Sunday, July 31st, 7 pm, $30. Tickets and more info here.

• Raising the Dead: A History of Early Modern Necromancy, an Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Alexander Cummins
Wednesday, August 3rd, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State, An Illustrated Lecture with NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis
Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Kevin Geeks Out about the Devil: A Multi-Media Evening Devoted to the Devil in Film with Kevin Maher, Paul Murphy and Tenebrous Kate
Friday August 5th, 7 pm, $13. Tickets and more info here

• Dreams from Another Dimension? An Illustrated Presentation with Dream Researcher Dr. Stanley Krippner, Introduced by President of the Parapsychology Foundation Lisette Coly
Thursday, August 11th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, August 13th, 12-6 p.m., $120. Tickets and more info here.

• Ringneck Pheasant Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, August 14th, 12, $425. Tickets and more info here.

• Alas, Poor Yorick!: Skulls and Comedy in the Renaissance, An Illustrated Lecture with Susan Harlan
Wednesday, August 17th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3D!
Thursday, August 18th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

• More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People, An Illustrated Lecture with Trav S.D.
Monday, August 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Ode to Kraftwerk: A Multimedia Presentation and DJed Afterparty Celebrating The History and Music of Kraftwerk, with Musician Stephen Vesecky
Friday, September 9th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Chipmunk Taxidermy Workshop with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, September 10th, 12, $185. Tickets and more info here.

• Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, September 11th, 12-7pm, $300. Tickets and more info here.

• The Beauty, Truth and Terror of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, An Illustrated Lecture with Chris Alexander
Friday, September 16, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here. SOLD OUT

• The Satanic Sex: Puppets, and the Pathological Feminine in Vienna 1900, an Illustrated Lecture with Frankie Roe
Thursday, November 10th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Image: Ryan Matthew Cohn at the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, via Time Out
Video: Trailer for a Multi-Media Evening Devoted to the Devil in Film with Kevin Maher, Paul Murphy and Tenebrous Kate (August 5th)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Limited Time Offer: Signed Copies of "The Anatomical Venus" with Special Limited Edition Photo by The Author!

http://morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com/product/the-anatomical-venus-special-signed-limited-edition-photo
For a limited time: get a copy of the new Morbid Anatomy book The Anatomical Venus--described by The Telegraph as "wonderful and epically illustrated; by Publisher's Weekly as "The Strangest Book of 2016... seductive and confounding" and by The Huffington Post as "enchanting and repulsive"--signed by the author, creative director and Museum co-founder Joanna Ebenstein. This special, signed edition will also include a signed, limited edition photo of the ecstatic wax reliquary effigy of Saint Vittoria in Rome, inset with real human teeth and housing her finger bones. 

Find out more--and order a copy of your own!--here. US Orders Only!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Live Murder Ballads! Positive Vs Negative Thinking With The Guardian's Oliver Burkeman! Extraterrestrial Pulp! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

Image: French Ivory Janus Head Rosary Bead Depicting the
Head of Christ and a Memento Mori (1600 to 1700) 
We have many wonderful new and upcoming events to announce!

This week, we can't wait for Wednesday's debate between The Guardian's Oliver Burkeman and author Mitch Horowitz on whether positive or negative thinking offers the best path to fulfillment. We also have a night of midcentury 3D with Eric Drysdale (tonight): body horror in Japanese animation with JR Pepper (Tuesday); Dr Elly Truitt on Medieval automatons (Thursday); and, on Saturday, a class in anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy with taxidermist in residence Divya Anantharaman.

We also have some exciting new events to announce, including live murder ballads with Ilan Moss and Alex Kramer; an evening of extraterrestrial pulp with journalist Mark Jacobson and science-fiction novelist/flying saucer collector Jack Womack; a history of short-statured entertainers by burlesquer Trav S.D; a night devoted to Carl Jung's transformative experiences with archetypes with Langston Khan and Demetrius Lacroix; and a talk on the symbolic meaning of skulls in Renaissance Europe. We also have loads on new classes on the arcane arts of Victorian hairwork, bat skeleton articulation, and a variety of taxidermy classes; see our list of newly announced events below for more.

On Sunday June 26th, we hope you'll make it out to at our first Williamsburg-based Morbid Anatomy Flea Market with nearly 30 vendors selling mourning jewelry, taxidermy, antique osteology, rare books and ephemera, and assorted curiosities. There will also be readings by the Tarot Society; and, of course, cocktails. Museum members get access one hour early and cut the line all day; more on membership here.

Full list of events follow. Hope very much to see you at one ore more!

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IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
Monday, June 13th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

• And I Must Scream: An Examination of Body Horror in Japanese Animation, An Illustrated Lecture with JR Pepper
Tuesday, June 14th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Positive Thinking Versus Negative Thinking: Which Leads to Fulfillment? A Dialogue and Debate with Oliver Burkeman and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, June 15th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt
Thursday, June 16th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, June 18th, 12-6 p.m., $120. Tickets and more info here.

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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg
Sunday, June 26th, 12 pm to 6 pm (11 am for members), $1 admission.
Location: *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249. More info here.

• Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, June 25th, 11 am to 6 pm, $150. Tickets and more info here.

• And He Made a Fiddle Peg out of her Finger Bone: A Live Performance of American Murder Ballads by Ilan Moss and Alex Kramer
Monday, June 27th, 7pm, $12.Tickets and more info here

• Flying Saucers Are Real: An Evening of Extraterrestrial Show and Tell with Journalist Mark Jacobson and Jack Womack
Thursday, July 7th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
Saturday, July 9th 1pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.

• The Thing That Knowledge Can't Eat: Engaging the Power of Archetypes and Deities for Radical Transformation/ Exploring the Seven Souls with Langston Khan and Demetrius Lacroix
Tuesday, July 12th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here

• English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, July 24th, 12, $195. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, August 13th, 12-6 p.m., $120. Tickets and more info here.

• Ringneck Pheasant Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, August 14th, 12, $425. Tickets and more info here.

• Alas, Poor Yorick!: Skulls and Comedy in the Renaissance, An Illustrated Lecture with Susan Harlan
Wednesday, August 17th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People, An Illustrated Lecture with Trav S.D.
Monday, August 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Chipmunk Taxidermy Workshop with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, September 10th, 12, $185. Tickets and more info here.

• Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, September 11th, 12-7pm, $300. Tickets and more info here.
______________________________________________
ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
Monday, June 13th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.
• And I Must Scream: An Examination of Body Horror in Japanese Animation, An Illustrated Lecture with JR Pepper
Tuesday, June 14th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
• Positive Thinking Versus Negative Thinking: Which Leads to Fulfillment? A Dialogue and Debate with Oliver Burkeman and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, June 15th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
• What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt
Thursdsay, June 16th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, June 18th, 12-6 p.m., $120. Tickets and more info here.

• World Making Through Personal Symbols with Rebecca Purcell at the ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York
4 Nights: June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm, $75 (includes materials) ***OFFSITE - ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016. Tickets and more info here.

• Welcome to the Department of Moving On, a screening with Julia Leffler
Wednesday June 22nd, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction, with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, June 24th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, June 25th, 11 am to 6 pm, $150. Tickets and more info here.
• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg! 35 Vendors Selling Taxidermy Galore, Artful Bones, Unusual Antiques, Obscure Books and More!
Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members 11am or skip the line; More here. To become a member, click here $1, *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

• And He Made a Fiddle Peg out of her Finger Bone: A Live Performance of American Murder Ballads by Ilan Moss and Alex Kramer
Monday, June 27th, 7pm, $12.Tickets and more info here.

• First Blood Transfusions: An Illustrated History by Elizabeth Yale, Presented by JSTOR
Wednesday, June 29th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• The Bone Rooms, From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums: An Illustrated Lecture with Samuel J. Redman
Thursday, June 30th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Flying Saucers Are Real: An Evening of Extraterrestrial Show and Tell with Journalist Mark Jacobson and Jack Womack
Thursday, July 7th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Surrealism and Alchemy: More than just a pretty picture, an Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
Friday July 8th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
Saturday, July 9th, 1pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
• The Thing That Knowledge Can't Eat: Engaging the Power of Archetypes and Deities for Radical Transformation/ Exploring the Seven Souls with Langston Khan and Demetrius Lacroix
Tuesday, July 12th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Goth 101: A History of the Postpunk and Goth Subculture, 1978 - 1992, An Illustrated Lecture with Andi Harriman
Thursday, July 14th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• English Sparrow Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, July 24th, 12, $195. Tickets and more info here.

• Dying Onstage: Real and Imaginary Deaths in Live Performance: An illustrated Lecture by Michael Lueger: Presented by JSTOR
Wednesday, July 27th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• I Can Sell My Body If I Wanna: Riot Grrrl Body Writing, Feminist Resistance, and Neoliberalism: An Illustrated Lecture with Leah Perry
Thursday, July 28th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Living Room Show: An Intimate Musical Evening with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets
Sunday, July 31st, 7 pm, $30. Tickets and more info here.
• Raising the Dead: A History of Early Modern Necromancy, an Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Alexander Cummins
Wednesday, August 3rd, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State, An Illustrated Lecture with NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis
Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, August 13th, 12-6 p.m., $120. Tickets and more info here.

• Ringneck Pheasant Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, August 14th, 12, $425. Tickets and more info here.

• Alas, Poor Yorick!: Skulls and Comedy in the Renaissance, An Illustrated Lecture with Susan Harlan
Wednesday, August 17th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3D!
Thursday, August 18th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

• More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People, An Illustrated Lecture with Trav S.D.
Monday, August 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Chipmunk Taxidermy Workshop with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, September 10th, 12, $185. Tickets and more info here.

• Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, September 11th, 12-7pm, $300. Tickets and more info here.

• The Beauty, Truth and Terror of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, An Illustrated Lecture with Chris Alexander
Friday, September 16, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here. SOLD OUT

• The Satanic Sex: Puppets, and the Pathological Feminine in Vienna 1900, an Illustrated Lecture with Frankie Roe
Thursday, November 10th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Friday, June 10, 2016

World Making through Personal Symbols: New Class by Rebecca Purcell (Co-creator of ABC Home) with ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York

We are beyond delighted to announce a new class on art and symbolism class taught by Rebecca Purcell (artist and co-creator of the iconic ABC Home) in tandem with our friends at ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York. Entitled World Making Through Personal Symbols, the class will take place over four nights (June 20-23, from 7 pm to 9 pm) and admission is $75 including materials. Tickets can be found here.

In this class, students will explore the history of symbols from several perspectives, learn to utilize the power of symbols in their life and work, and leave class with a finished object, a talisman like these:
 
 
To create their work, students will draw on the vast resources of  ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history.

Under the guidance of the instructor, through research of images and texts from the ARAS archive, class discussion, and a lecture by Ami Ronnberg--ARAS curator and editor of the Taschen's Book of Symbols--students will explore the history of thier own, personally, significant symbols and their relation to both the Jungian notion of archetypes and the collective unconscious, as well as Purcell's individual research exploring symbols in relation to the creative process. Students will leave with a broadened view of the significance of symbols, and how to harness and utilize symbols in their life and work. The final project will be the transformation of a personal symbol into a small, physical talisman/amulet, to serve as a reminder of ones character/values and as a confirmation of one's inner/subconscious world.

Tickets can be purchased here. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The History of Medieval Automata With Dr Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College, Next Thursday June 16th


Lancelot, in metal armor, fights two copper knights, at an enchanted castle, in the 13th century prose romance Lancelot of the Lake. (Image: Lancelot do lac, France, ca. 1470. Paris, BnF, MS. Fr. 112.)

Next Thursday, June 16th, we are deeply excited to be hosting Elly Truitt of Bryn Mawr for an illustrated lecture to celebrate the release of her book Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art. (Tickets here). As she explains:
Centuries before Asimovs Three Laws of Robotics, before Fritz Lang's Metropolis or Çapeks Rossum's Universal Robots, before Vaucanson's digesting duck, people imagined, designed, built, and pondered the possibilities and pitfalls of creating artificial people, animals, and other natural objects. Medieval robots are the hidden past of our robotic present, and they were ubiquitous in medieval culture. They appear throughout the Middle Ages and were used to embody complex ideas about the natural world and the heavens, including belief in demons and knowledge of mechanical engineering.
Following are some images from her talk that Dr Truitt was kind enough to send along;  Hope very much to see you there! Tickets can be purchased here.

A mechanical wine-servant, designed by the Kurdish engineer Ismail al-Jazari, in The Book of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, ca. 1206. Designed to be a mechanical version of the human servants who would otherwise be serving wine at the Artuqid court in Diyarbekir. (Image: Syria or Egypt, 1315, Copenhagen, David Collection 20/1988):



The walled garden of the chateau of Hesdin, in northern France, with the elaborate machinations of Fortune, below. The estate was the site of elaborate gardens with mechanical animals, birds, musical instruments, and fountains in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. (Image: France, ca. 1350. Paris, Bibliothèque national de Paris, MS Fr. 1586):

 

Page from a book of drawings by Villard de Honnecourt, ca. 1225. Villard was a draughtsman and builder, and included drawings of many mechanical designs, including a mechanical eagle, a trick goblet, and a mechanical angel. (Image: Paris, BnF, MS Fr. 19093):



Alexander the Great encounters two golden knights guarding a bridge in India, from the Romance of Alexander (ca. 1180). (Image: France, 14th century. Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264):



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Introducing "Mrs Satan," Spritualist Medium, Free Love Advocate, and Journalist Victoria Woodhull : Guest Post by Artist and Scholar and Residence Shannon Taggart

In the following guest post, Morbid Anatomy Artist and Scholar and Residence Shannon Taggart introduces us to the exceptional feminist figure Victoria Woodhull; dubbed “Mrs. Satan” by her vilifiers, she was not only a Spiritualist Medium but also the first woman to run for president (in 1872), a stockbroker, journalist, publisher, and free love advocate, all at a time when women were still denied many basic rights.

The life of Victoria Woodhull will be explored in an upcoming lecture Morbid Anatomy Museum lecture by Dr. Cristina Zaccarini on the afternoon of June 11. This is just one component of a five-day series exploring Spiritualism and its historical connections to feminism with talks, live demonstrations, and workshops that invite the audience to experiment with Spiritualist practice. The program is co-hosted by mediums Lauren Thibodeau and Susan Barnes from Lily Dale, NY, the world’s largest Spiritualist community. You can find out more about Saturday's talk here, and more about the series here.
 “Yes, I am a Free Lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional, and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please, and with that right neither you nor any law you can frame have any right to interfere.” – Victoria Woodhull 
Spiritualist Medium Victoria Woodhull was not only the first woman to run for president in 1872, but also a stockbroker, journalist, publisher, and free love advocate. Amidst a life of scandal and vilification, and even dubbed “Mrs. Satan” by the press, Woodhull was an accomplished woman even by contemporary standards: Woodhull did this all at a time when women were lacking in many basic rights to their children and property, protection from rape, and citizenship. In the upcoming lecture Free Love Advocate and Presidential Candidate: The Revolutionary Feminism of Victoria Woodhull, Cristina Zaccarini will illustrate the myriad ways that Woodhull’s achievements were inextricably linked to the spiritual and intuitive abilities she exercised throughout her lifetime.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Acoustic Set By David J Of Bauhaus! Lilydale Spiritualists! Medieval Robots! Williamsburg Flea Market With 35 Vendors! Anatomical Venus Parties! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

From the Lilydale Series, Photograph by Shannon Taggart
We have an action packed schedule at The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

First, we have two events to celebrate the release of The Anatomical Venus—the new Morbid Anatomy book by co-founder and creative director Joanna Ebenstein.To find out more about this book-- which Publisher's Weekly calls "The Strangest Book of the Year"; The Tattler calls "Fabulous … A mesmerizing marriage of art and science"; and The Telegraph calls "...wonderful and epically illustrated," click here.

For the über-geeks among you, come immerse yourself in all things Venus at this Saturday's Venus-themed symposium, with talks by Mel Gordon, Stephen Asma, Mark Dery, Mike Sappol, Amy Herzog, Asti Hutsvedt and more (Saturday, June 4th, 11 am to 6:30 pm). Tomorrow, hope to see you at the official book release at the Strand's Rare Book Room featuring Ebenstein in conversation with Evan Michelson of the Science Channel’s Oddities, introduced by Museum co-founder and board chair Tracy Hurley Martin (Thursday, June 2nd, 7 pm).

And if you are intrigued by Anatomical Venuses, why not come by The Morbid Anatomy Museumto see some in person at our current House of Wax exhibition, curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn? You have much more time to do so, as we are delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, the show has been extended to August!


We are also very excited to be hosting mediums from Lilydale--the world’s largest Spiritualism community--for a series of talks and workshops exploring spiritualism, a religion in which people attempt to communicate with the dead. The schedule for the series,--curated by Artist and Scholar in Residence Shannon Taggart-- is as follows: Spirits, Spoon Benders and Suffragettes: An Introduction to Spiritualism (Wednesday, June 8th, 7 pm); Spirit Portraits, Auragraphs and Automatic Drawings: A Spiritualist Art Workshop with Medium Susan Barnes (Saturday, June 11th, 11 am); Spiritualist Medium, Free Love Advocate and Presidential Candidate: The Revolutionary Feminism of Victoria Woodhull with Dr. Cristina Zaccarini (Saturday, June 11th, 2 pm); One Minute Mediumship: An Experimental Workshop with Medium Lauren Thibodeau (Saturday June, 11th, 3:30 pm); and Traditional Spiritualist Message Service with Tea and Coffee Reception (Sunday, June 12th, 2 pm).

We are also very excited to announce a series of new events! First up is a debate between The Guardian's Oliver Burkeman and author Mitch Horowitz on whether positive or negative thinking offers the best path to fulfillment (Wednesday, June 15th, 7 pm). We also have a lecture on NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State by NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis (Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm); and a new iteration of our über-popular Morbid Anatomy Flea Market taking place at Villain in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! The larger space means many more vendors (35!) hawking taxidermy, artful bones, unusual antiques, obscure books; fortunetellers; and much more. As always, members get in one hour early and can skip the line! (Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm. Become a member here).

We also also delighted to announce two especially unique new offerings: World Making Through Personal Symbols, a new class on art and symbolism class taught by Rebecca Purcell (artist and co-creator of the iconic ABC Home) in tandem with our friends at ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York (June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm); and a live acoustic at The Museum set by David J. of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame (Sunday, July 31st, 7 pm). This one is sure to sell out fast, so buy tickets today!

Following is a handy list of events and Morbid Anatomy News. Hope to see you at one or more!
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
Positive Thinking Versus Negative Thinking: Which Leads to Fulfillment? A Dialogue and Debate with Oliver Burkeman and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, June 15th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• World Making Through Personal Symbols with Rebecca Purcell at the ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York
4 Nights: June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm, $75 (includes materials) ***OFFSITE - ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016. Tickets and more info here.

• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg! 35 Vendors Selling Taxidermy Galore, Artful Bones, Unusual Antiques, Obscure Books and More!
Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members 11am or skip the line; To become a member, click here $1, *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

• Living Room Show: An Intimate Musical Evening with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets
Sunday, July 31st, 7 pm, $30. Tickets and more info here.

• NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State, An Illustrated Lecture with NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis
Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
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IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
• The Coney Island Incubator Babies: How a Sideshow Became Standard Practice in Neonatal Intensive Care, an Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Yuko
Wednesday, June 1st, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Anatomical Venus Book Launch at the Strand Rare Book Room
Thursday, June 2nd, 7 pm to 8 pm, *** OFFSITE The Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway at 12th Street), price TBA. More info here.

• Anatomical Venus Book Release Party and Symposium
Saturday, June 4th,11 am to 6:30 pm, $45 (Admission + Book), $10 (Morbid Anatomy Member Symposium Admission); $15 (Regular Symposium Admission). Tickets and more info here.

• German Fakirs in Weimar Berlin: An Illustrated Lecture by Mel Gordon
Monday, June 6th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt
Tuesday, June 7th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Spirits, Spoon Benders and Suffragettes: An Introduction to Spiritualism
Wednesday, June 8th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• Spirit Portraits, Auragraphs and Automatic Drawings: A Spiritualist Art Workshop with Medium Susan Barnes
Saturday, June 11th, 11 am to 1 pm, $40. Tickets and more info here.

• Spiritualist Medium, Free Love Advocate and Presidential Candidate: The Revolutionary Feminism of Victoria Woodhull, An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Cristina Zaccarini
Saturday, June 11th, 2 pm to 3 pm, $8/($5 for students of the classes). Tickets and more
info here.

• One Minute Mediumship: An Experimental Workshop with Medium Lauren Thibodeau
Saturday June, 11th, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, $40. Tickets and more info here.

• Traditional Spiritualist Message Service with Tea and Coffee Reception
Sunday, June 12th, 2 pm to 5 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here
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ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
• The Coney Island Incubator Babies: How a Sideshow Became Standard Practice in Neonatal Intensive Care, an Illustrated Lecture with Elizabeth Yuko
Wednesday, June 1st, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Anatomical Venus Book Launch at the Strand Rare Book Room
Thursday, June 2nd, 7 pm to 8 pm, *** OFFSITE The Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway at 12th Street), price TBA. More info here.

• Anatomical Venus Book Release Party and Symposium
Saturday, June 4th,11 am to 6:30 pm,  $10 (Morbid Anatomy Member Symposium Admission); $15 (Regular Symposium Admission). $45 (Admission + Book), Tickets and more info here.

• German Fakirs in Weimar Berlin: An Illustrated Lecture by Mel Gordon
Monday, June 6th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• What Are Medieval Robots? An Illustrated Lecture with Elly Truitt
Tuesday, June 7th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Spirits, Spoon Benders and Suffragettes: An Introduction to Spiritualism
Wednesday, June 8th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• Spirit Portraits, Auragraphs and Automatic Drawings: A Spiritualist Art Workshop with Medium Susan Barnes
Saturday, June 11th, 11 am to 1 pm, $40. Tickets and more info here.

• Spiritualist Medium, Free Love Advocate and Presidential Candidate: The Revolutionary Feminism of Victoria Woodhull, An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Cristina Zaccarini
Saturday, June 11th, 2 pm to 3 pm, $8/($5 for students of the classes). Tickets and more info here.

• One Minute Mediumship: An Experimental Workshop with Medium Lauren Thibodeau
Saturday June, 11th, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, $40. Tickets and more info here.

• Traditional Spiritualist Message Service with Tea and Coffee Reception
Sunday, June 12th, 2 pm to 5 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
Monday, June 13th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.
• And I Must Scream: An Examination of Body Horror in Japanese Animation, An Illustrated Lecture with JR Pepper
Tuesday, June 14th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
• Positive Thinking Versus Negative Thinking: Which Leads to Fulfillment? A Dialogue and Debate with Oliver Burkeman and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, June 15th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
• World Making Through Personal Symbols with Rebecca Purcell at the ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York
4 Nights: June 20-23, 7 pm to 9 pm, $75 (includes materials) ***OFFSITE - ARAS Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism at the C.G. Jung Center of New York, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016. Tickets and more info here.

• Welcome to the Department of Moving On, a screening with Julia Leffler
Wednesday June 22nd, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction, with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, June 24th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, June 25th, 11 am to 6 pm, $150. Tickets and more info here.

• Morbid Anatomy Flea Market in Williamsburg! 35 Vendors Selling Taxidermy Galore, Artful Bones, Unusual Antiques, Obscure Books and More!
Sunday, June 26th, 12pm to 6pm (Morbid Anatomy Members 11am or skip the line; More here. To become a member, click here $1, *** OFFSITE WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION: Villain, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

• JSTOR presents: First Blood Transfusions: An Illustrated History by Elizabeth Yale
Wednesday, June 29th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• The Bone Rooms, From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums: An Illustrated Lecture with Samuel J. Redman
Thursday, June 30th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

• The Beauty, Truth and Terror of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, An Illustrated Lecture with Chris Alexander
Friday, July 1st, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Surrealism and Alchemy: More than just a pretty picture, an Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
Friday July 8th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

• Goth 101: A History of the Postpunk and Goth Subculture, 1978 - 1992, An Illustrated Lecture with Andi Harriman
Thursday, July 14th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• JSTOR Presents: Dying Onstage: Real and Imaginary Deaths in Live Performance: An illustrated Lecture by Michael Lueger
Wednesday, July 27th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• I Can Sell My Body If I Wanna: Riot Grrrl Body Writing, Feminist Resistance, and Neoliberalism: An Illustrated Lecture with Leah Perry
Thursday, July 28th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Living Room Show: An Intimate Musical Evening with David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets
Sunday, July 31st, 7 pm, $30. Tickets and more info here.

• Raising the Dead: A History of Early Modern Necromancy, an Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Alexander Cummins
Wednesday, August 3rd, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

• NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State, An Illustrated Lecture with NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis
Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

• Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3D!
Thursday, August 18th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

• The Satanic Sex: Puppets, and the Pathological Feminine in Vienna 1900, an Illustrated Lecture with Frankie Roe
Thursday, November 10th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Anatomical Venus Book Release Events at The Strand Rare Book Room and The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

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The Anatomical Venus--an "epically illustrated" new book by Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein--explores the curious history of seductive female anatomical wax models, created in the 18th century and peaking in fashion in the 19th. The book traces--in images and words--the evolution of these enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny.

Described by Publisher's Weekly as "the strangest book of 2016," The Anatomical Venus officially launches tomorrow, and we are celebrating with two events. The first will be a conversation on Thursday, June 2 between Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson of the Science Channel’s Oddities taking place at the Rare Book Room at The Strand (more here) followed by a book signing.

For the more committed among you, on Saturday June 4th The Morbid Anatomy Museum will host a day long symposium exploring the range of topics covered by the book including anatomized women, wax, the ecstatic, Catholicism and the cult of the saints, the uncanny, and more; featured speakers include Joanna Ebenstein, Mel Gordon, Stephen Asma, Mark Dery, Mike Sappol, Amy Herzog, Asti Hustvedt, Shannon Taggart, Margaret Schwartz, Ronni Thomas, Marie Dauenheimer, Colin Dickey Lissa Rivera, and Karen Bachman; you can see the full line up below, or by clicking here. There will also be an afterparty at our favorite bar Halyards featuring DJ Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory. 

At both events, Museum co-founder and board chair Tracy Hurley Martin will make opening remarks, and books will be available for sale and signing.

You can learn more about the book here; read reviews in Vice, The Telegraph, Publisher's Weekly, Bust and The Guardian; and hear an interview about The Venus with the author on BBC 4's Women's Hour here. You can order the UK (Thames and Hudson) and US (DAP) edition of the book here.

Anatomical Venus Book Release Party and Symposium

Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 11 AM -7:15 PM
Admission: $45 ( Admission + Book ), $10 ( Morbid Anatomy Member Symposium Admission ); $15 ( Regular Symposium Admission )
***Copies of The Anatomical Venus will be available for sale and signing.
*** Admission also includes access to museum exhibits including House of Wax
Tickets here

The Anatomical Venus--a new Morbid Anatomy book by our co-founder and creative director, Joanna Ebenstein--explores the curious history of seductive female anatomical wax models, created in the 18th century and peaking in fashion in the 19th. The book traces--in images and words--the evolution of these enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny.

On June 4, we hope you'll join us for a one-day symposium to celebrate the release of The Anatomical Venus with a symposium exploring the range of topics covered by the book including anatomized women, wax, the ecstatic, Catholicism and the cult of the saints, the uncanny, and more. After, join us for an after party at our local bar, Halyards, with DJ stylings by Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory. Books will be available for sale and signing.
11:00 AM
Introductory Remarks by Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Board Chair)

11:10 AM
Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Founder, Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Creative Director): "An Enlightenment-era St Teresa Ravished by Communion with the Invisible Forces of Science": A Brief Introduction to The Anatomical Venus

11:30 AM
Introductory Talk: Evan Michelson (Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities): An Anatomical Pilgrimage

12:00 - 1:45
PANEL ONE: Agalmatophilia, or People who Fall in Love with Non-animate Humans
-- Margaret Schwartz (Fordham Univsersity): "I Buried Her Standing Because She Had Balls!" The Strange Afterlife of Eva Perón.
-- Lissa Rivera (Artist): The History of Sex Dolls
-- Ronni Thomas (Filmmaker in Residence): Mad Science, Mysticism, Romance and Necrophilia: The Strange Tale of Carl von Cosel and Elena Hoyos

1:45 - 2:45: Lunch Break

2:45 - 4:00
PANEL TWO: Corpo Sancto: Faith, Metaphysics and The Body
-- Stephen Asma (author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads): The Redemptive Body: a Theology of Anatomy
-- Colin Dickey (author of Cranioklepty and Afterlives of the Saints): Saint Teresa and the Erotics of Reading
-- Karen Bachman (Hair Artist in Residence): Holy Body Parts!: Speaking Reliquaries and Catholic Saints
-- Brian Cotnoir (Alchemist in Residence): How to Animate a Statue
 
4:00 - 5:00
PANEL THREE: Entranced Women on Display
-- Shannon Taggart (Programmer in Residence): In the Spirit Cabinet
-- Asti Hustvedt (author of Medical Muses, editor of Zone's Decadent Reader): The Hysterical Venus

5:00-6:30
PANEL FOUR: The Pleasures of Anatomy and the Anatomical Gaze
-- Mark Dery (Cultural Critic, Author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts): On The Pathological Sublime: Dark Matter and Aesthetic Rapture
-- Marie Dauenheimer (Medical Illustrator): Albinus, Wanderlaar and the Creation of the Homo Perfectus
-- Mel Gordon (Author of Voluptuous Panic): Showcases of the Marvelous - The Rise and Fall of Berlins Panopticums (1888-1923)
-- Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine): Queer Anatomies: Perverse desire, medical illustration, and the epistemology of the anatomical closet

6:30- 7:15
Keynote Lecture: Amy Herzog (Queens College): Women in Boxes

7:15: Afterparty at Halyards with DJ stylings by Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory.