Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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

I was recently invited to select a single object from Blythe House--the storehouse containing the remains of early 20th century pharmaceutical magnate Henry Wellcome's once million strong collection--for an episode of the Wellcome Collection's “The Thing Is…" From the over 100,000 amazing objects in the collection--including ivory anatomical mannequins, wax vanitas busts, antique sexual aids, Greek anatomical otives, torture devices, statues of saints and even a Peruvian mummy--I chose, it will not surprise regular readers to discover, Henry Wellcome's Wax Anatomical Venus (see above).
I had been curious about this enigmatic creature ever since Kate Forde and I featured her in the Wellcome’s 2009 Exquisite Bodies exhibition. Although diminutive--she is only three feet in length while most others are life-sized--she is still an extraordinarily uncanny and charismatic object. She was also a very mysterious object, with very little I could discover, despite my best efforts, about her provenance.

To prepare for this talk--hosted by journalist and historian Frances Stonor Saunders--I delved, with the help of my friend Ross MacFarlane, deeply into the Wellcome Library and its archives to see what I might be able learn about this mysterious artifact. To read the full report I wrote for the Wellcome Collection blog detailing my findings--and to see many more images, including another animated GIF like the one above, compliments of Russell Dornan!--click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Following is a list of upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Saturday, December 20th, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  •  Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Party Save the Date
    Saturday, December 20th; more info here
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here  
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II: The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part III: Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 21st, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • Charred remains: Spontaneous Human Combustion and You: an Illustrated lecture with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Monday, November 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Pernicious, Pestilent Revenants: The Void of Malevolent Undead Imagery in Medieval England An Illustrated Lecture with Candace Reilly.
    Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

A HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Charred remains: Spontaneous Human Combustion and You: an Illustrated lecture with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Monday, November 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Pernicious, Pestilent Revenants: The Void of Malevolent Undead Imagery in Medieval England An Illustrated Lecture with Candace Reilly.
    Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah Kauffmann.
    Thursday, December 4th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann.
    Saturday, December 6, 11am - 6pm, $150, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Wet Specimen Preparation Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, December 7th, 3pm to 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • La Frequenza Fantasma: Hunting for the Ghost Frequency: An Illustrated lecture and screening with Chiara Ambrosio
    Wednesday, December 10th, $8, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet.
    Thursday, December 11th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll’s Occult Imagination, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.
    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson: Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, December 18th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society. 
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 20th (NEW DATE), 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, TICKETS (and more info) here 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here  
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here  
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II: The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part III: Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 21st, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
Image: "Plate from Barthélemy's Du Dermographisme. Etude pathogénique clinique et historique, appearing in the publication for the second International Dermatology Congress held in Vienna in 1892." Found on the wonderful Art and Medicine blog.
Image: "Plate from Barthélemy's Du Dermographisme. Etude pathogénique clinique et historique, appearing in the publication for the second International Dermatology Congress held in Vienna in 1892." Found on the wonderful Art and Medicine blog.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

THIS SUNDAY: Free Morbid Anatomy Museum End-of-Exhibition Open House and Hendrick's Gin Sponsored Party!

 
If you've not yet been out to see our Art of Mourning exhibition--or if you're looking for an excuse to return!--you won't want to miss our free, Hendrick's Gin-sponsored End of Exhibition Open House taking place this Sunday, November 23. The museum will be free for the entire day, and we'll be hosting a full day of short talks, exclusive screenings, special tours, music, demonstrations, cocktails and more.

Full schedule follows; we hope very much to see you there!
SCHEDULE

11:15 am: Mark Dion (Artist, Morbid Anatomy Advisory Board) - Opening Speech

11:30 am: Vicki Fama Daniel (University of Wisconsin‑Madison): Illustrated lecture "Death on Display: The Triangle Fire Morgue and Public Spectacle in Early Twentieth-Century New York"
In the immediate aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, city authorities established a temporary morgue at the end of East 26th Street to hold dozens of unidentified victims. The morgue was opened to the public and quickly became a spectacle of grief and death. This lecture will discuss what drove spectators to the morgue and the myriad ways that those working in the morgue attempted to mitigate the spectacle there.
12:00 pm: The Art Of Mourning - Exhibition tour by Evan Michelson (Scholar in Residence, Star of TV's Oddities)

12:15 pm: Michael Carlisle  (Baruch College): Illustrated lecture "The Morbidity of Mathematicians"
Some mathematicians have a tendency to obsess on obscure abstraction, toil in isolation, and die young and/or in very unpleasant ways. This illustrated talk will present a brief history of some of these world-changers and brain-breakers, how they changed human thought, and how, for their troubles, the world drove them to the eternal asymptote.
12:45 pm: RoadKill Anatomy:  A Demonstration presented by naturalist Peter Warny
In this zoological show-and-tell, Peter Warny will conducts necropsy examination of  preserved specimen, discussing their anatomy and physiology.
1:00 pm: Laetitia Barbier (Morbid Anatomy Museum Programming Director, Head Librarian) - Milagritos : Mexican devotional artifacts from the Morbid Anatomy Library Collection
In this show and tell, Head Librarian Laetitia Barbier will discuss vernacular religious practices and private veneration in Mexico through its peculiar material culture. From Santa Muerte to The Holy Blind Child, she will present a variety of religious objects, icons and idols, as well as new acquisitions and many anecdotes from our recent journey in Mexico.
1:45 pm: Shannon Taggart (Programmer in Residence): Illustrated lecture "A Brief History of Ectoplasm"
Why Ectoplasm? – Harry Houdini famously wondered this in his scathing critique of Modern Spiritualism. Since it’s first appearances in Victorian era séance rooms, this mysterious substance has continued to seduce, disgust and intrigue believers and skeptics alike. This presentation will cover a brief history of the paradoxical substance as well as the contemporary mediums who are still in its pursuit.
2:.15 pm: by Karen Bachmann (Master jeweler, Morbid Anatomy Museum Scholar in Residence) : A Demonstration of Victorian Hair Art
In this demonstration, jeweler and scholar Karen Bachmann will present the techniques used to create victorian inspired wreath and jewelry with human hair.
2:45 pm: Mike Zohn (Collector, Star of TV's Oddities) -  "Anthropomorphic Taxidermy Dioramas of the Cress Funeral Home"
Cress Funeral Home, Madison, Wisconsin was famously reported on by Roadside America for its collection of taxidermy tableaus. Before the collection was divided at auction, this funeral home attracted tourists eager to view the whimsical anthropomorphic taxidermy work commissioned by proprietor Sam Sanfillippo. Pieces included a squirrel bar, a squirrel merry go round and a squirrel girly show. Antique dealer Mike Zohn’s show and tell will present few of the pieces he purchased at the Funeral Home.
3.00 pm:  The Art of Mourning - Exhibition tour by Karen Bachmann (Master jeweler, Morbid Anatomy Museum Scholar in Residence)

3:15 pm: Daniel Margocsy (Hunter College): Illustrated lecture "Fake Dragons and the Tattooed Fish of Halle: Rogue Taxidermy Avant la Lettre"
Fake dragons, stuffed basilisks and other imaginary monsters were not only the stuff of fiction in the early modern period. Material remains of them were frequently forged and exhibited in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century museums. This talk discusses a number of renowned specimens from this period, and explores why natural historians took such objects of rogue taxidermy seriously.
3:45 pm: Amy Herzog (Queen's College; Programmer in Residence): Illustrated lecture  TBA

4:15 pm: Jon Ronson (Journalist, documentary filmmaker, author The Men Who Stare at Goats): Screening of "David Icke, The Lizards and the Jews"
David Icke was once a famous British TV sports commentator until he announced one day on the BBC that he was the Son of God. Then he vanished – a laughingstock. When he reemerged in the late 1990s with his theory that the shadowy cabal that secretly rules the world are actually shapeshifting pedophile lizards, Jon Ronson joined him on his lecture tour of Canada. It was an especially fraught lecture tour because powerful anti racists were convinced that when he said ‘lizards’ he was using code for ‘Jews. Flitting between the two camps as the confrontations escalated, Ronson asked: which side should we be on?
5:00 pm: Evan Michelson (Scholar in Residence, star of TV's Oddities): Illustrated lecture "A brief history of Narcotics"
A show-and-tell illustrating mankind's noble (but often misguided) attempt to master the art of pharmaceutical-grade opiates; the results were mixed, and centuries of social upheaval were just one side effect. Science, chemistry, sleazy marketing, good intentions and bad medicine tell the surprising (and ongoing) story of our quest to achieve better living through chemistry.
5:20 pm: Kevin Murphy (Curator at Williams College Museum of Art) Materiality and Melancholy: Mourning as Art and Artifact - The Art of Mourning Exhibition Tour
Hair memorials, post-mortem photography, and objects of mourning occupy a paradoxical place within academic, museum, and popular culture. Scholars and collectors interested in these objects often discuss them as "oddities" while at the same time deploying them to for the didactic and moralizing purpose of criticizing 21st century attitudes to death as opposed to those of the past, potentially risking an unintended cultural conservatism. On this tour, curator Kevin Murphy will visually analyze selected objects, demonstrating how they intersect with the artistic practice and habits of mind of the cultures that created them and suggesting possible interpretive strategies to reconcile uncanny and conventional; subculture with culture.
5.35 pm:  Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato (Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermists in Residence) -  Life Taxidermy Demonstration

6.00 pm: Ronni Thomas (Filmmaker in Residence) -  Morbid Anatomy Presents Screening of Assorted Short Films

6.30 pm: Mark Dery (Cultural Critic, author I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts) and Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Museum creative director and blog founder): A Public Dissection
A disquieting yet diverting conversation with Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Your host: Mark Dery, cultural critic, author of the essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts.
7:15 pm: Mark Dion (Artist, Morbid Anatomy Advisory Board): Closing remarks and toast

7:30 pm Reception/afterparty sponsored by Hendrick's Gin featuring the arcane tunes of DJ in residence Friese Undine
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Support the Morbid Anatomy Museum with your End of Year Giving!

At this--that time of year when people make the majority of their philanthropic contributions to organizations they believe in--we humbly ask you, our followers and readers, to consider supporting the Morbid Anatomy Museum with your end of year giving. You can do so via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council by clicking here.

Regular readers know what a momentous year this has been for Morbid Anatomy, with the opening of a new Museum in the heart of Gowanus, Brooklyn; the launching of our inaugural exhibition The Art of Mourning; and the publication of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, crowd-sourced via a surprisingly successful Kickstarter campaign. Needless to say, we could not have done any of this without your dedicated support—of all kinds—and we are incredibly grateful. Thank you.

Since opening its doors this June, The Museum has hosted thousands of enthusiastic visitors from all over the world and been reported on by such varied publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, BBC, The Daily Beast, The LA Review of Books, Newsweek, Die Zeit, Time, WiredGothamist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and NPR Morning Edition. We are better serving our beloved community of makers, rogue scholars and enthusiasts with more ambitious and frequent programming, and are hard at work planning future exhibitions, residencies, partnerships, field trips, publications, and video projects.

Starting a new museum in New York City is--as we have discovered the hard way!--no small or easy thing; it is also not an inexpensive thing. With this, our first annual appeal, we ask you to consider supporting our attempt to create--and sustain!--a new kind of institution in New York City. With our doors finally open, our grant seeking in progress, and our operations gaining their footing, we're at that delicate moment when we really need the goodwill of our friends to keep the project afloat.

The entire team of The Morbid Anatomy Museum thanks you very much for your consideration, and we hope very much to see you around the museum soon!

If you are interested in donating, or have any questions, you can do so via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council by clicking here.

Image: Rendering by Architects Robert Kirkbride and Anthony Cohn.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

John Dee Double Feature! Eccentric Victorian Taxidermy! Lost Museums! Free Hendrick's Sponsored Open House! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

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

If you've not yet been out to see our Art of Mourning exhibition--or if you're looking for an excuse to return!--you won't want to miss our free, Hendrick's Gin-sponsored End of Exhibition Open House taking place this Sunday, November 23. The museum will be free for the entire day, and we'll be hosting a full day of short talks, exclusive screenings, special tours, music, demonstrations, cocktails and more.

You can find a full schedule for the day by clicking here; a few highlights include artist Mark Dion (Morbid Anatomy advisory board) with opening and closing remarks; Vicki Fama Daniel (University of Wisconsin) on "The Triangle Fire Morgue and Public Spectacle in Early Twentieth-Century New York"; Evan Michelson (scholar in residence, TV's Oddities) with "A Brief History of Narcotics"; Laetitia Barbier (head librarian) on Mexican devotional artifacts from the permanent collection; Programmer in residence Shannon Taggart with "A Brief History of Ectoplasm"; Mike Zohn (Collector, Star of TV's Oddities) on "Anthropomorphic Taxidermy Dioramas of Cress Funeral Home"; Daniel Margocsy (Hunter College) on "Fake Dragons and the Tattooed Fish"; "Materiality and Melancholy," a special tour by curator Kevin Murphy; live taxidermy demonstrations by Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato and a Victorian hair art demonstration by master jeweler Karen BachmannScreenings by Jon Ronson (journalist, author The Men Who Stare at Goats) and filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas; a conversation between Mark Dery (cultural critic, author I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts) and Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Museum creative director); a Hendrick's-soaked reception with music by DJ in residence Friese Undine; and much more! 

We at Morbid Anatomy are committed to making our events as affordable as possible, but to do this, we need you support. If you are a fan of what we do, please consider becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) by clicking here, or making a donation by clicking here.

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Wet Specimen Preparation Class with Katie Innamorato
    Sunday, December 7th, 3pm to 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed
    , Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here
EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • English Eccentricity: The Taxidermy of Walter Potter and Charles Waterton: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Pat Morris.
    Monday, November 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • John Dee, Part I: Dee Through His Dreams: An Illustrated Lecture with Doug Skinner.
    Tuesday, November 18th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art: A Roundtable and Show and Tell and Museum Late Night With Collectors Evan Michelson, Karen Bachmann and Jennifer Berman.
    Wednesday, November 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • John Dee, Part II: Sex and Spirits: The Dee / Kelley Plural Marriage: An Illustrated Lecture with Don Jolly.
    Thursday, November 20th, 8pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Guided tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “Death becomes Her” with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Saturday, November 22nd, 11am, $25, 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.
    Saturday, November 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Anatomy Museum Free End-of-Exhibition Open House Sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin and Featuring Quirky Tours, Taxidermy and Hair Art Demonstrations, Short Talks, Interviews, Music and More!
    Full Schedule Now Posted! Sunday, November 23, 11am - 10pm, FREE; Schedule and details here

A HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Charred remains: Spontaneous Human Combustion and You: an Illustrated lecture with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann.
    Monday, November 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Pernicious, Pestilent Revenants: The Void of Malevolent Undead Imagery in Medieval England An Illustrated Lecture with Candace Reilly.
    Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • BURIED ALIVE! Live Matchbox Theatre Performance by Deborah Kauffmann.
    Thursday, December 4th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann.
    Saturday, December 6, 11am - 6pm, $150, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Wet Specimen Preparation Class with Katie InnamoratoSunday, December 7th, 3pm to 6pm, $100, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Dániel Margócsy.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • La Frequenza Fantasma: Hunting for the Ghost Frequency: An Illustrated lecture and screening with Chiara Ambrosio
    Wednesday, December 10th, $8, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet.
    Thursday, December 11th, 8pm, $5, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Decadence, Symbolism, and Rock and Roll’s Occult Imagination, An Illustrated Lecture with Peter Bebergal, Author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.
    Friday, December 12th, 8pm, $10, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Christmas Special Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anatharaman.
    Saturday December 13th, 12pm - 5pm, $110-$125, SOLD OUT (but more info) here
  • The Art of Decay: An Evening of Drawing, Drinks and Music.
    Monday, December 15th, 8pm - 11pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The French Pantheon and its Dead: The Grateful Fatherland: An Illustrated talk by Mitch Abidor, Writer and Translator.
    Wednesday December 17th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • NYC Gin Society presents: All About Bitters hosted by the NYC Gin Society.
    Friday, December 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, $30 for non-members, $20 for Morbid Anatomy or Gin Society members, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday January 10th, 12pm - 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed
    , Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12-6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here