Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Curious Intersections of Death And Beauty: Taped Tedx Talk by Morbid Anatomy Creator Joanna Ebenstein

Above you will find a video of a recent Tedx talk by Morbid Anatomy's creator Joanna Ebenstein. You can also watch it here. Text below from Tedx website. Hope you enjoy!
When you think of death, what comes to mind? Fear? Anxiety? Loss? Have you ever thought of death as something...beautiful? In this photography-filled talk, artist and museum curator Joanna Ebenstein explores the ways death is celebrated around the world—from a cause for festivities and wonder, to a mysterious, marvelous moment that should be honored and preserved. Joanna Ebenstein is a multidisciplinary artist, death enthusiast, and cofounder of Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/t

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Manuel Manilla, Mexican Engraver: Guest Post by Morbid Anatomy Museum's Cristina Preda

To celebrate day of the dead, following is a guest post by Morbid Anatomy Museum's Cristina Preda devoted to Mexican artist Manuel Manilla, a contemporary of the much better known José Guadalupe Posada

Enjoy, and Happy Dia de Los Muertos!
Little is known about 19th century Mexican artist Manuel Manilla. His birth, marriage, and death certificates do not survive. A handful of brief testimonies tell us only that he had a son who was also an engraver. A timeline of his life and work was put forth in 1926 by the French painter and critic Jean Charlot and included only three dates. He was born in 1830, began working with prolific Mexican publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in 1892, retired that same year, and died of typhoid fever in 1895. There is no documentation to corroborate Charlot’s information, though illustrated publications from that time seem to support it.
José Guadalupe Posada remains a singular, dominating figure in Mexican printmaking and engraving of the 19th century. A contemporary of Posada, Manilla specialized in religious and popular subjects featured in the numerous broadsides of the time. It is Posada, however, through a combination of incisive political commentary, a departure from established traditions, and sheer volume of work, who is remembered as Mexico’s most influential printmaker. Still, as Charlot points out, it is worthwhile to know who exactly established this tradition. Even the calavera, a symbol of Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Posada’s most recurring theme—one which he popularized as a national icon—is believed to have been created by Manilla.
All images from Manuel Manilla: Grabador Mexicano by Mercurio López Casillas.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Morbid Anatomy is Coming to Los Angeles with a Symposium, Temple Tour, and Anatomical Venus Book Event


We are delighted to announce our first ever California popup, taking place in Los Angeles this October 29th and 30th! It will consist of a day long symposium at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, a tour of the Templo Mayor de la Santa Muerte with its High Priestess, and a free book event for our new book The Anatomical Venus, also at La Luz de Jesus!

Full schedule below. Hope to see you at one or more of these great events!

Saturday, October 29th
12-6 pm
Day Long Symposium at La Luz de Jesus; Tickets and more can be found here.

12.00 Tracy Hurley Martin: Introductory remarks
12.15 Richard Faulk: Witches, Weavers, Pimps, and Whores: Curse Tablets and the Rarely Seen Working Class in Ancient Rome
12.45 Megan Rosenbloom: Anthropodermic Bibliopegy: Books Bound in Human Skin
1.15 Elizabeth Harper: The Miraculous Relics of "Uncle Vincent"
1.45 Joanna Ebenstein: The Morbid Anatomy Museum
2.15 Stephen Vesesky: Kraftwerk: Sex, Lies and Audiotape
2.45 Tonya Hurley & Tracy Hurley Martin: Solo-Me-O
3.15 - Break
3.45 Louis Sahagun: Master of Mysteries: The Life and Death of Manly Palmer Hall
4.15 Daniel Paul: Dr. Jaggers, Miss Velma, the Universal World Church, and Christmas
5.00 Ronni Thomas: Screening of The Man Who Married Kitten: Documentary on the Victorian Taxidermist Walter Potter
5.30 Tomas Prower: The Cult of Santa Muerte

Sunday, October 30
1:00 PM
Tour of the Templo Mayor de la Santa Muerte with High Priestess and Tomas Prower
Templo Mayor de la Santa Muerte (7602 Pacific Blvd., Huntington Park, CA 90255)
Tickets and more here.

Tour of Los Angeles' Templo Mayor de la Santa Muerte with the temple's high priestess and Tomas Prower, author of the book La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic and Mysticism of Death. Attendees will get a tour of the temple, and have an opportunity learn all about Santa Muerte--literally "saint" or "holy" death, a female manifestation of death whose devotion originated in Mexico but has spread throughout the diaspora.

Sunday, October 30

4:00 PM
The Anatomical Venus Book Event
La Luz de Jesus
FREE and non-ticketed (just show up)

Join us to celebrate the new Morbid Anatomy book The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death and The Ecstatic with its author, The Morbid Anatomy Museum's co-founder and creative director Joanna Ebenstein. The book was the product of ten years of research, image collection and photography.

Learn all about the fascinating life and afterlives of The Anatomical Venus -- a life-sized dissectible wax woman with Venetian glass eyes, real human hair and strings of pearls created in late eighteenth-century Florence as the centerpiece of the first truly public science museum. Once seen as an ideal way to entice a general public into the study of human anatomy, today, she also confounds, troubling our neat categorical divides between life and death, body and soul, effigy and pedagogy, entertainment and education, kitsch and art.

Post Mortem Portraiture at the American Folk Art Museum and Related Events

 The Farwell Children, Deacon Robert Peckham (1785-1877), Fitchburg, Massachusetts, c. 1841. Oil on canvas, 53 1/2 x 40 1/2″; 62 1/2 x 48″ (framed). Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of Raph Esmerian, 2005.8.11. Photo © 2000 John Bigelow Taylor.
Following is a guest post from our friends at The American Folk Art Museum about some exciting events related to their wonderful new exhibition on post-mortem portraiture. One of the events--a symposium entitled How We Remember: Death in American Art and Culture, taking place on January 28--will be moderated by Morbid Anatomy's creator Joanna Ebenstein.
Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, on view at the American Folk Art Museum through February 26, 2017, is a contemplation of American self-taught portraiture through the lens of memory and loss. Curated by Stacy C. Hollander, the exhibition traces the derivation of posthumous portraiture from literal shadows traced on a wall to the metaphorical shadow secured by the photographer through postmortem daguerreotypes.

During the run of the exhibition, several public programs have been organized to reflect the scope of cultural expressions of death in the United States. These include a concert by Eli Smith, the Four O’Clock Flowers, and Mamie Minch exploring death and mourning in American folk music; a screening of Elizabeth Westrate’s 2004 documentary, A Family Undertaking, which explores the home burial movement; and a discussion with authors Meghan O’Rourke and Deborah Landau about the process of writing about grief and loss. Hands-on workshops are also part of the line-up, including a Day of the Dead papel picado demonstration and a mourning jewelry workshop.

The culmination of these programs will be How We Remember: Death in American Art and Culture, a half-day symposium in which scholars and artists come together to examine the iconography and symbolism of death in America. Participants include curator Stacy C. Hollander; Gary M. Laderman, author of The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883; Dr. Stanley B. Burns, historian, collector, and author; Jessica Regan, assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute; Kate Sweeney, author of American Afterlife; and Joyce Burstein, creator of the epitaph project. Morbid Anatomy Museum’s cofounder and creative director, Joanna Ebenstein, will moderate the symposium. 

Morbid Anatomy Members are invited to purchase public program tickets at the American Folk Art Museum’s membership price during the run of the Securing the Shadow exhibition.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Anatomical Tattoo Call for Works

Do you have an anatomical themed tattoo, or do you create your own? If so, might you be interested in being part of a new book? In that case, please read the call for submissions below from our artist and anatomist Emily Evans; she can be contacted at contact [at] anatomyboutiquebooks [dot] com.
We are looking for examples of anatomy related tattoos to include in our latest publication.

If you are an artist who has created an anatomical tattoo and would like to see your work published or if you have an anatomical tattoo yourself, we would love to hear from you!

• Skull and Skeleton
• Muscles
• Human hearts
• Organs
• Cyber anatomy
• Torn / sutured
Also, if you are based in the UK and interested in getting an anatomical tattoo for free or reduced rate for use as a possible cover image, send an email to the same address, contact [at] anatomyboutiquebooks [dot] com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Join Us as 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:
  • Free admission to museum exclusive opening parties 
  • 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!

Photo from our new Morbid Anatomy Museum installation.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Help us Bring Victorian Taxidermist Walter Potter’s 1890s Kittens' Wedding to New York!


Greetings! This is a letter from Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder and creative director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Some of you might recall a book I authored a few years ago with Dr Pat Morris called Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy. While working the book, I was lucky enough to see and photograph many of famous tableaux of eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter, which had been divided at auction about 10 years ago before.

One of his most iconic pieces, The Kittens' Wedding (see above) has entered our community of collectors. Its new owner, Mrs. Sabrina N. Hansen, has very generously agreed to allow us to exhibit it, so long as we can pay for safe and professional transportation and insurance.

We have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to do so, on which more here. We have made available lots of perks, including custom limited-edition Potter photos and postcards of photos from my own collection; tickets to the exhibit and opening party; downloads of Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas' award winning Potter documentary The Man Who Married Kittens; AND most excitingly, tours of the homes of private homes of collectors of Potteralia around the world where you can see pieces in their native habitat!

Following is information on some of the collectors who have kindly agreed to open their homes. Again, you can find out more here. Thanks for considering lending your support to this project!

The Home Collection of Dr Pat Morris, co-author of Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy , who holds the argest collection of Potter pieces and ephemera including The Death and Burial of Cock Robin, A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed, an eight legged kitten, and Potter’s pet cat and dog.



The home of collection of Errol Fuller (author of Voodoo Salon) featuring Walter Potter’s Athletic Toads, his only mechanized tableau; Fencing mice with mole undertakers by Hermann Plouquet (above; circa 1850); a passenger pigeon; and, in his worlds, a Charles Waterton Saki Monkey "deformed to look like a little hairy man" (circa 1825).


The home of John Whitenight (author of Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession) and Fred LaValley, containing a collection of extraordinary 19th century taxidermy including Potters Monkey and Goat, along with rare French automatons (one that smokes a cigarette!), plus period rooms containing an array of Victorian furniture and decorative objects all of which are contained in a circa 1865 Philadelphia townhouse.


The home collection of Carol Holzer's collection, featuring Walter Potter’s two-faced kitten, a taxidermied lion, and many more pieces of taxidermy and assorted curiosities.

Find out more here.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Seeking Walter Potter's Kitten Tea and Croquet Party!

Do any Morbid Anatomy readers happen to know the new whereabouts of this most wonderful piece of late 19th century taxidermy, Walter Potter's Kittens’ Tea and Croquet Party?

Any leads suggested; Please send to joanna [at] morbidanatomymuseum [dot] org!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Taxidermy Exhibition and Party! Tolstoy and Metallica's Black Album! Grand Guignol Relaunch with Mel Gordon! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

Image: 19th century bird box as part of our upcoming exhibition
Taxidermy: Art, Science and Immortality, opening August 12.
We have lots of great events coming up in the days and weeks to come at The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

Our next show, opening Friday August 12th, will be an epic 2-part show devoted to 19th century taxidermy in private collections; The first iteration, entitled Taxidermy: Art, Science and Immortality and curated by J. D. Powe, will launch with an opening party on Friday, August 12. This exhibition will explore our connection to dead and immortalized animals via a spectacular gathering of taxidermied treasures from private collections including natural wonders such as the great argus pheasant; “freaks of nature” including a circa 1915 four-Tusked Walrus; rare and extinct animals such as the once-abundant passenger pigeon and heath hen; a dizzying array of once beloved pets preserved for all time; and much more!

We also have a number of great new events, including a Rabbit or Jacaklope Shoulder Mount Taxidermy Workshop (August 14); An in-depth look at Metallica's Black Album with Ben Apatoff (August 23); A lecture and book launch for the new expanded edition of Mel Gordon's iconic (and long out of print) The Grand Guignol (August 25); a talk on alchemy and dreams with Brian Cotnoir (August 26); A drawing session in our new taxidermy exhibit (August 31); Author of Taxidermy Art Robert Marbury with a talk on the history of rogue taxidermy (September 2); a reiteration of our popular insect, arachnid and reptile petting zoo with Aaron Rodriguez (September 12); a bat skeleton articulation class (September 18); and an illustrated history of Jello Salad and Jello Salad Contest with the incomparable Jo Weldon (November 1).

We also have a number of fabulous events this week, including NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst): Avant Garde Art Collective and Virtual State with NSK Diplomat Charles Lewis (August 4); Kevin Geeks Out about the Devil: A Multi-Media Evening Devoted to the Devil in Film with Kevin Maher, Paul Murphy and Tenebrous Kate (August 5); Dreams from Another Dimension with dream researcher Dr. Stanley Krippner (August 11); and Divya Anantharaman's Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (August 13); and Ringneck Pheasant Taxidermy Class (August 14).

To see a full list of upcoming events, click here. Hope to see you at one or more!
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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
• Opening Party for Taxidermy: Art, Science and Immortality: The Newest Morbid Anatomy Museum Exhibition, Curated by J. D. Powe
August 12, 7pm VIP/8pm regular; VIP ticket: $45 (includes champagne toast) / $25 regular / $20 for regular member admission. More here.

• Rabbit or Jackalope Shoulder Mount Taxidermy Workshop with Divya Anantharaman
August 14th, 12 to 6:30pm, $250. More here.

• Exit Light: An In-Depth Look at Metallica's Black Album: An Illustrated Lecture with Ben Apatoff
August 23rd, 7pm, $12. More here.

• The Grand Guignol: An Illustrated Lecture and Book Launch with Mel Gordon
Thursday, August 25th, 7pm, $8. More here.

• Alchemy and Dream: The Lunar Realm of Alchemy, An Illustrated Lecture with Brian Cotnoir
August 26th, 7pm, $10. More here.

• Drawing Session in The Morbid Anatomy Museum Exhibition " Taxidermy: Art, Science and Immortality" with Artist Wilder Duncan
August 31, 6 pm 8pm, $20. More here.

• The Taxidermy Iconoclast: Taxidermy for a New Century, An Illustrated Lecture with Robert Marbury, author of Taxidermy Art
September 2nd, 7pm, $8. More here.

• Insect, Arachnids and Reptiles Petting Zoo with NYU Biology Student Aaron Rodriguez
Monday, September 12th, 7pm, $12. More here.

• Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
Sunday, September 18th, 1pm, $200. More here.

• Tasteless: An Illustrated History of Jello Salad: Illustrated Lecture and Jello Salad Contest with Jo Weldon
November 1st, 7pm, $10. More here.

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.
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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!

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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.
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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.