Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Job Openings on Governor's Island: Director of External Relations and Vice President, OpenHouseGI

One of all time favorite cultural spaces in New York City--Governor's Island--is looking to hire for two positions: Director of External Relations (on which more here) and Vice President, OpenHouseGI (more here).

Overview on each of these roles follows; You can find out more about them by clicking here here.
Director of External Relations. Two key words drive so much of what we do on the Island: "welcoming" and "visible" and the Director will own all strategies and programs to insure that we are both welcoming and visible. This includes but is not limited to media relations, social media and the website. The Director will own work on the Island and in communities to insure that all New Yorkers, and increasingly tourists too, know about the island and feel welcome here. With the opening of the HIlls this summer, there will be a big push to make the Island more visible than ever.

Second, and equally important, we have a new position VP of OpenHouseGi. Governors Island has become New York City's "shared space for art and play" in large part due to this program, where we provide free space to any organization that creates a free public experience. The public enjoys exhibits, festivals and performances created by dozens of organizations each season.  Now we want to raise the program up a level, fostering more collaboration, new ideas, and big ideas, without compromising our commitment to openness and our formula of no curation, no selection and no funding.  The Island is recognized as a national model but we want to continue to learn and improve and grow.

Art & Anatomy Workshop with Eleanor Crook and Dr Sarah Simblet at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, July and September 2016

Our good friend Eleanor Crook and Dr Sarah Simblet--author of Anatomy for the Artist--will be teaching an Art and Anatomy course at Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University. 

The classes take place July and September of this year. Full details follow. You can also find out more here!
The Ruskin School of Art offers a unique opportunity to those with wish to study and explore human anatomy with highly regarded artists and anatomists. The Ruskin remains the last art school in Europe to incorporate such an in depth study of anatomy within its teaching.

Art and Anatomy 2016 - Two Courses
Dr Sarah Simblet and Eleanor Crook will together teach and guide students on 2 seven day courses in the summer of 2016. Both courses will offer the same programme.

Art and Anatomy Course One: Monday 18th - Sunday 24th July 2016
Art and Anatomy Course Two: Monday 12th September - Sunday 18th September 2016

The programme has been developed around Sarah’s best selling book, Anatomy for the Artist, Dorling Kindersley. The course covers aspects of human anatomy, its drawing and history, and continues to be highly regarded and very successful.

This will be the fifth year of the Art and Anatomy course and a wide variety of artists have benefited from its unique programme - sixth formers, medical artists and students, professional and amateur artists of traditional and contemporary practice. You will take part in intensive workshops, lectures and group discussions on human anatomy, with time for personal studio work.

Consistently interesting and beneficial and I very much enjoyed the presentations.' Art and Anatomy participant, 2014.

‘This is without a doubt the most informative, exciting and challenging short course I have taken for art. The tutors are friendly and diligent making this an unmissable experience for budding artists’ Art and Anatomy participant, 2013

Participants need to bring their preferred drawing materials and the Ruskin will provide easels, paper, a mounted skull and torso armature, wire and wax for modelling, and life models.

No academic or artistic criteria is required for attendance on this course. Participants can expect to leave with a portfolio of new work, a much wider understanding of the subject explored and a wealth of ideas for future artistic development.

Programme
Day 1 : Structural Drawing
Day 2 : The Skeleton
Day 3 : Musculature
Day 4 : Wax Modelling Head and Neck
Day 5 : Wax Modelling Ecorché (muscle figure)
Day 6 : Personal studio time with tutor
Day 7 : Life Drawing

Charges
Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years.
There are three payment rates available:
  • Adult - £980.00
  • Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) - £882.00
  • Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) - £931.00
If you select a discounted booking rate, you will need to present your University alumni/staff card, NUS card, or some form of identification indicating your OAP status at the start of the course.

To book a place on any of the Ruskin short courses, please visit the University's online store via this link: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk

Head and Neck (Portraiture) Anatomy : Monday 1st - Friday 5th August 2016
For the third year, Eleanor and Sarah will offer a five day course on the head and neck in the summer of 2016. This programme was developed in response to the overwhelming success of the Art and Anatomy course and is a dynamic programme that explores human anatomy in greater depth.

'Studying the anatomy of the head has helped me with my drawing and most importantly my perception of the structure for sculpture' Participant on the Head and Neck course, 2014

An intensive, practical Fine Art course on the anatomy, physiology and expression of the human head, offering specialist lectures in anatomy, forensic facial reconstruction and the art history of portraiture. Studio sessions included drawing the head from life, sculpting facial musculature over a cast skull using wax, visits to museums to look at expressive heads in diverse cultures, and also the making of rapid improvised sculptures using found materials to explore the very essence of human expression and communication through the medium of portraiture.

Programme
Day 1 : Anatomy of the human skull
Day 2 : Muscles of facial expression and wax sculpting over a life size cast
Day 3 : Portrait head sculpting in clayDay 4 : Site visit and studio work
Day 5 : Skull decorating to create a powerful head object

Charges
Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years.
There are three payment rates available:
  • Adult - £750.00
  • Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) - £675.00
  • Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) - £712.50
If you select a discounted booking rate, you will need to present your University alumni/staff card, NUS card, or some form of identification indicating your OAP status at the start of the course.

To book a place on this course, please visit the University's online store via this link: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk

Sculpting the Body : Anatomy, Life Modelling and Écorché : Monday 26th September - Friday 30th September 2016
Sarah and Eleanor will teach you to sculpt the human figure confidently with an understanding of anatomy, designing statue poses, preparing armatures and modelling in clay and wax, culminating in a personal and sophisticated final piece. Eleanor and Sarah will share their expertise in anatomy, materials handling, history of sculpture and figure modelling for an entertaining and intensive 5-day session. You will be able to choose whether to finish your work as a sculpted figure or as an “écorché” (an anatomical muscle figure).

Materials and printed reference will be included.

Programme
Day 1 : Introduction to the skeleton and anatomy of the écorché
Day 2 : Designing a pose and preparing 2 armatures
Day 3 : Clay modelling on an armature and wax modelling on a miniature armature with a life model
Day 4 : Site vist and life modelling
Day 5 : Advance figure modelling with life model

Charges
Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years. 
There are three payment rates available:
  • Adult - £750.00
  • Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) - £675.00
  • Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) - £712.50
If you select a discounted booking rate, you will need to present your University alumni/staff card, NUS card, or some form of identification indicating your OAP status at the start of the course.

To book a place on this course, please visit the University's online store via this link: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk

Human Anatomy Teaching Staff
Sarah Simblet is an artist who writes and draws. She is also a broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist with broad research interests in the relationship between art, science and history. She has published three major art reference books with Dorling Kindersley: ‘Anatomy for the Artist’, ‘The Drawing Book’ and ‘Botany for the Artist’ and exhibits her drawings through her books. Sarah contributes to contemporary art shows, festivals and live events and her work is held in national and private collections. She contributes regularly to British, American and international television and radio programmes about science and art, and consults on national exhibitions. She is Tutor in Anatomy at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, a freelance lecturer at the National Gallery London, and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and is an academic member of Wolfson College, Oxford. 
Eleanor Crook is one of the world’s leading anatomical modellers in wax: a contemporary artist who uses traditional and newly invented techniques to express and explain the drama of the human body. Eleanor trained in sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy and makes figures and effigies in wax, carved wood and lifelike media, with exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has sculpted anatomical and pathological waxworks for the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Guy's Hospital, London's Science Museum, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the Central St Martin School of Art in London.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Post-Mortem Portraits of the Dukes of Württemberg: Guest Post by Eric Huang, Morbid Anatomy Foreign Corespondent

In the following guest post, Morbid Anatomy foreign corespondent Eric Huang reports on the post-mortem portraits of the Dukes of Württemberg, which can be seen in the crypt of Altes Schlos (or "Old Castle), a Renaissance era castle turned museum in Stuttgart, Germany. All photos are his own.
Death Portraits of the Dukes of Württemberg
The Landesmuseum in Stuttgart is a history museum about Württemberg, formerly a kingdom and today a part of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The collection is formed in large part by the 16th-century wunderkammer of the royal family. Paintings, decorative art, sacred art, as well as an impressive collection of clocks and glassware, fill the Altes Schloss, a Renaissance era castle and former royal residence that now houses the museum.

The only part of the building that retains its Renaissance character is the crypt. Several members of the royal family of Württemberg are buried in the inner chamber beneath grand marble monuments. The entryway to the burial chamber is an art gallery of late 17th and early 18th century death portraits. Dukes and Duchesses of the land are painted as if asleep with putti and loved ones in mournful attendance.

Herzogin Magdelena Sybilla Württemberg’s portrait (4th image down) is unique in that she is depicted sitting up rather than in a state of repose. She has been dressed in high mourning and posed in a chair, her head propped up by a left elbow that leans casually on a casket. A grave marker flanked by skeletons stands in the background to the right. The background appears to be a depiction of the burial chamber in the next room, although the room looks a different today with more recent 19th century monuments in place of the 17th century caskets.

It takes about three hours to properly tour the museum and all its collections. The crypt is a little difficult to find, though. Use the lifts in the lobby to reach the first floor Mezzanine level. Then follow the arrows to exit out of the castle, walk along a veranda, and down the stairwell to the crypt. Ask a staff member if you can’t find it, as the crypt is an unmissable feature of the museum.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Second Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala With Honorary Chair Parker Posey and Afterparty With DJ Set by Electronic Music Pioneer Vince Clarke!

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We are thrilled to announce our second annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala taking place April 12th at the venue of our generous sponsor The Bell House. We hope you will join us and actress Parker Posey for an exciting evening of dinner, cocktails generously supplied by our sponsor Hendrick's Gin, performances and special guests; an auction of one-of-a-kind art, objects, and experiences; and much more, all in support of The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

In addition to all this, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a champagne toast at Morbid Anatomy Museum—just a moment's walk from the Bell House—with honorary chair Parker Posey along with a private tour of our current exhibition with its curator Ryan Matthew Cohn of TV's Oddities. All guests will enjoy a fine catered meal, drinks, auction and performances, and are invited to stay for an afterparty featuring complimentary beer by sponsor Sixpoint Brewery and the DJ stylings of electronic music pioneer Vince Clarke.


We hope to see you there!
Second Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with Honorary Chair Parker Posey
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 PM (6:30 for VIP)
$250 (Regular Ticket), $500 (VIP Ticket with champagne toast at The Museum); $2500 (Table for 5, includes VIP champagne toast); $5000 (Table for 10, includes VIP champagne toast) Tickets and more info here.

Gala Afterparty with DJ Set by Electronic Music Pioneer Vince Clarke and Complimentary Beer Courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9 pm till late, $50. Tickets and more info here.
Image: Dance of Death, Bernt Notke 1463-66

Friday, February 19, 2016

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The American Alliance of Museums: Ford W. Bell Paid 2-Year Fellowship for Museums and P-12 Education

Our friends at The American Alliance of Museums are recruiting applicants for a paid two-year Ford W. Bell Fellowship for Museums and P-12 Education. The Ford Fellow will research, develop and implement plans for the Alliance’s initiative to integrate museums into the education and learning environments of the next era of P-12 education in the United States.

The American Alliance of Museums sees this as a "significant opportunity to help shape the next educational era, exploring the boundaries of how museums can contribute to learning," and are interested in applicants from a variety of fields and with a variety of backgrounds.

The full job description follows. You can find out more on the Fellowship and the application process, is here. The job will be based in the Washington, DC area, and the deadline for applications is Monday, March 14, 2016.
Ford W. Bell Fellow for Museums and P-12 Education
Department/Office: Center for the Future of Museums (CFM)
Organization: American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
Supervisor: VP, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, CFM
Status: Two-year, full-time position
Salary range: $47,000 – $71,000 plus benefits
Location: Washington, DC Metropolitan area, with significant travel

The Ford W. Bell Fellow for Museums and P-12 Education will research, develop and implement plans for the Alliance’s initiative to integrate museums into the education and learning environments of the next era of P-12 education in the United States. This is an opportunity for you to shape the next educational era, exploring the boundaries of how museums can contribute to learning.

As Bell Fellow you will report to the Director of CFM and collaborate with Government Relations and the Development at the American Alliance of Museums. You will help operationalize the recommendations of the Alliance’s 2014 report “Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem,” in order to establish how AAM will:
  • Spread the Word (compile and share information needed to guide planning and decision making by museums, educators and learners)
  • Disrupt Conventional Dialogue (promote ideas that disrupt conventional thinking about education and expand our conception of the educational landscape)
  • Create Systemic Change (instigate innovative experiments that could increase the role museums play in education)
You will create and execute a two year work plan that combines elements of the following:
  • Research, compile and disseminate case studies of successful projects that integrate museum assets into the larger educational landscape.
  • Determine which existing high-performing digital platforms that aggregate and distribute educational content are superior options for museums and devise ways to inspire museums to make use of them.
  • Develop strategies to cultivate innovative experimentation by individual museums or by consortia of museums.
  • Identify research needed to fill in gaps in our knowledge regarding the outcomes of museums educational work, and find appropriate groups or individuals to conduct this research and funders that might support such work.
  • Plan and execute a local convening in one selected city that brings together museum staff with education providers (formal and informal) to identify appropriate ways for that community to integrate museum resources into the local learning ecosystem.
In addition, you will:
  • Represent the Alliance at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare competitive grant applications to support this education initiative.
  • Work closely with national and local organizations engaged in the P-12 education sphere, to ensure the Alliance’s work complements and builds on their efforts.
  • Use traditional and social media to disseminate information about this initiative.
The Alliance sees the rapidly evolving educational landscape as an opportunity to ensure that museum resources are used to their fullest advantage in the 21st century. The two-year fellowship will culminate with a report to the Alliance, and the museum field, outlining recommendations and next steps for how to integrate museums more systematically into the U.S. learning landscape. (This initiative may evolve into its own department at the Alliance, added to our core mission delivery areas of excellence, advocacy and professional development.)

Required and preferred qualifications

We are looking for someone with a futures-oriented mindset, who is willing to challenge assumptions about how museums and schools work today.

You will also be asked to demonstrate:
  • Strong project management skills, including planning, analysis, decision making and problem solving
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities; flexibility; attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly the ability to convey information effectively and write and speak persuasively for a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency with social media platforms
  • Basic digital literacy including word-processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Ability to work independently, yet ask for help when needed
  • Intrinsic motivation; a self-starter
  • Strong desire to transform pre-college education U.S.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Work experience in the nonprofit sector in general, in out-of-school learning environments (museums in particular), or in public or private schools, is desirable
  • Personal experience (as a learner, parent, or educator) with alternative educational structures (home-schooling, un-schooling, experimental schools) would be a plus
The American Alliance of Museums is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, marital status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment at the Alliance, including but not limited to recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and development, access to facilities, discipline, separation of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Second Annual Festival of Arcane Knowledge! I Am Dandy! The Strange Case of William Seabrook! New England Asylums! History of Leopard Print! And More!

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

We hope you'll join us for our second annual Festival of Arcane Knowledge sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. MC Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities introduces a full day of short talks, offbeat tours, demonstrations, screenings and projections by our unique community of makers, teachers, collectors and rogue scholars, followed by a private after party at Halyards, our favorite local bar!



We hope you'll join us later in the week as we uncover the deeper inner connections between alchemy and Surrealism, and the role of dream and vision common to both (Friday, February 19th, 7 pm). Next week we'll explore the mysterious world of books bound in humanskin (Monday, February 22nd, 7 pm); take a historical survey of technical advances in mortuary science, coffin-making, cemetery equipment and more with registered patent attory, Eric Indin (Tuesday, February 23rd, 7pm); and launch Morbid Academy—a new monthly series hosted by PEN award-winning author Mitch Horowitzwith inaugural guest Robert Damon Schneck, one of one of today's leading Fortean historians whose underground classic of strange history, The President's Vampire, is being made into a horror movie by the Weinstein Company (Thursday, February 25th, 7 pm).

For our friends in Amsterdam, Morbid Anatomy will be at Museum Vrolik, Amsterdam’s anatomical museum, for The Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy: a weekend devoted to the wonders of anatomy from April 15th until the 17th 2016. During these days Museum Vrolik will be open to the public for exclusive events, showcasing its phenomenal and historical collection of anatomy, teratology, natural history and curiosities. Learn more here and purchase tickets here.

Finally, mark your calendars for the next Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House Sunday, March 6th! Remember that members not only gain early access to the flea at 11 am, one hour before doors open to the general public, but can now jump the line at any point throughout the day! Memberships start at just $50 per year. To learn more or purchase your membership please click here.

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IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
Wednesday, February 17th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

Surrealism and Alchemy: More Than Just a Pretty Picture: An Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir SOLD OUT
February 19th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Mole Mount Taxidermy Workshop with Katie Innamorato
Sunday, February 7th, 12 pm to 6 pm, $250. Tickets and more info here.

Mütter Museum Presents: The Skin She Lived In: Anthropodermic Books at College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Illustrated Lecture by Beth Lander, Introduced and Moderated by Daniel K. Smith
Monday, February 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy at the Vrolik Museum
Friday, Apri 15 – Sunday, April 17th

The Vrolik Musuem; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tickets and more info here.
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
I Am Dandy, The Return of the Elegant Gentleman, An Illustrated Lecture with Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams
Thursday, March 3rd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Anatomy's Festival of Arcane Knowledge II, Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
Sunday, March 13th, 10:30 am to 8 pm, $25 general admission, $20 for Morbid Anatomy Members. Tickets and more info here.

The Strange Case of William Seabrook: Traveller, Pervert, Occultist, Drunk, and the Man Who Brought the Zombie to America, An Illustrated Lecture with Robert Luckhurst

Tuesday, March 29th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Behind the Walls: Shadows of the New England Asylums, An Illustrated Lecture by Kate Anderson
Tuesday, April 20th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

The History of Leopard Print, An Illustrated Lecture with Jo Weldon
Tuesday, April 26th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, May 6th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Insect, Arachnid, and Reptile Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez
Monday, May 16th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.
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ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
Midcentury Stereopanorama with Eric Drysdale: Look and see the 1950s in 3-D!
Wednesday, February 17th, 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.

Surrealism and Alchemy: More Than Just a Pretty Picture: An Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir

February 19th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Mole Mount Taxidermy Workshop with Katie Innamorato
Sunday, February 7th, 12 pm to 6 pm, $250. Tickets and more info here.

Mütter Museum Presents: The Skin She Lived In: Anthropodermic Books at College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Illustrated Lecture by Beth Lander, Moderated by Daniel K. Smith
Monday, February 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Drawing in the Morbid Anatomy Library with Artist and Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann

Wednesday, February 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm, $20. Tickets and more info here.
Places limited to 16, so pre-booking is advised.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on 16mm with live music by M.V. Carbon
Wednesday, February 24th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Academy Presents: Stalking Weird History: A Conversation with Robert Damon Schneck and Mitch Horowitz
Thursday, February 25th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Fancy Rat Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Saturday, February 27th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.

European Starling Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Sunday, February 28th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $275. Tickets and more info here.

Insect, Arachnid and Reptile Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez SOLD OUT
Monday, February 29th, 7pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Tarot Reading, Palmistry and Astrology with The Tarot Society
Monday, February 29th, 6 pm to 8 pm. Sliding scale. More info here.

From Grand Guignol to the Classic Horror Movies of the 1930s: Elliot Passantino's History of Horror Film, Part 1

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

I Am Dandy, The Return of the Elegant Gentleman, An Illustrated Lecture with Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams
Thursday, March 3rd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Vanitas, Fleeting Time, A Camera Obscura Workshop and Inquiry with Artist Amy-Claire Huestis
Saturday March 5th,12 pm to 5 pm, $85. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at the Bell House
Sunday, March 6th,12 pm to 6 pm (11 am for members). More info here.

The Good Death: An Exploration in Dying in America: An Illustrated Lecture with Ann Neumann
Thursday March 10th, 7pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

Architecture of Initiation: Alchemy and the Theater of Memory: An Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
Friday, March 11th, 7pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Anatomy's Festival of Arcane Knowledge II, Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
Sunday, March 13th, 10:30 am to 8 pm, $25 general admission, $20 for Morbid Anatomy Members. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Academy Presents: The Real Paranormal: A Conversation with Stacy Horn and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, March 16th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

The Cult of Fashion, An Illustrated Lecture with Alexis Karl
Thursday, March 17th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

The Other Paris: The Shadow Side of 19th Century Paris, Lecture and Book Signing with Luc Sante
Monday, March 21st, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.
RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 10TH

Forensic Pathology 101: Basics of Neuropathology, An Illustrated Lecture with Jay Stahl-Herz, Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Katherine Bauer's "Psycho Pussy Slaughter" and other Fatal, Feline Rites and Rituals: Screening with 16mm film and live music!
Wednesday, March 23rd, 7 pm $10. Tickets and more info here.

The Strange Case of William Seabrook: Traveller, Pervert, Occultist, Drunk, and the Man Who Brought the Zombie to America, An Illustrated Lecture with Robert Luckhurst
Tuesday, March 29th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, April 2nd, 11 am to 6 pm (with one hour lunch break), $150. Tickets and more info here.

Alchemy and Dream: The Lunar Realm of Alchemy, An Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
Monday, April 4th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Academy Presents: Tales from the Crypt: A Conversation with Ptolemy Tompkins and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, April 6th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World: An Illustrated Lecture with David Jaher

Monday, April 11th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

Save the Date for the Second Annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala & Afterparty
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn). More info here.

Atomic Doomsday Battle of the DJs: 78 Records vs. 16mm Film
Wednesday, April 13th, 7 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.

Demystifying Shamanism: An Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner
Thursday, April 14th, 7 pm, $15. Tickets and more info here.

Amsterdam Weekend of Anatomy at the Vrolik Museum
Friday, Apri 15 – Sunday, April 17th
The Vrolik Musuem; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tickets and more info here.


Image Within/ Image Without: Iconography, Symbols, and the Psychology Reflected Therein - A Discussion of Historical and Modern Divinatory Practices with Dr. Al Cummins and Jesse Hathaway Diaz
Monday April 18th, 7 pm, $15. Tickets and more info here.

Bringing Back the Cabinet of Curiosities, Including a Brief and Wondrous History of the Wunderkammer: An Illustrated Lecture with Susan Harlan
Tuesday, April 19th, 7pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Behind the Walls: Shadows of the New England Asylums, An Illustrated Lecture by Kate Anderson

Tuesday, April 20th, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

Life After Near Death, An Illustrated Lecture with Debra Diamond
Thursday, April 21st, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

The History of Leopard Print, An Illustrated Lecture with Jo Weldon
Tuesday, April 26th, 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

Wednesday, April 27th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Murnau's Faust (1926) on 16mm Film With Live Music by Bradford Reed and Geoff Gersh
Friday, April 29th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains, An Illustrated Lecture with Historian Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California at Berkeley
Monday, May 2nd, 7 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.

Psychedelics and Death: A Brief Introduction with Dr. Neal Goldsmith Ph.D
Friday, May 6th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.

Insect, Arachnid, and Reptile Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez
Monday, May 16th, 7 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here.

Morbid Academy Presents: Things that go Bump, a conversation with Shannon Taggart and Mitch Horowitz
Wednesday, May 18th, 7pm, $10. 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
Image: Lombard School, c.1700, cats being instructed in the art of mouse-catching by an owl.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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
  • One free event (under $10) for each shift worked
  • $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 cristina [at] morbidanatomymuseum [dot] org. Either way, hope to see you around the museum soon!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from All of Us at Morbid Anatomy!

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Morbid Anatomy!

Top image: Sacred Heart of Jesus with Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Louis Gonzaga, José de Páez, Mexico, 1727-179

Bottom image: Husband and Wife Nobles, from Cycle of Scenes of Living Skeletons, Paolo Vincenzo Bonomini, (1757 – 1839)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sign Petition to Save the the Wonderful Musée Depuytren of Paris!

We have just learned that one our favorite medical museums--The Musée Depuytren of Paris--is in danger of closing.

There is a petition being circulated to protest this closure; we have signed, and hope you will, too! You can do so by clicking here.