Looking for an excuse to get out to Coney Island this weekend? Curious about the art and history of medical museums? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, why not come down to the Coney Island Museum this Sunday to see me pontificate on the wonders of medical museums as part of their "Ask the Experts" series?
Full details follow; hope to see you there!
Anatomical Venuses, The Slashed Beauty, and Fetuses Dancing a Jig: A Journey into the Curious World of the Medical MuseumYou can find out more by clicking here and can get directions by clicking here.
Location: Coney Island Museum (208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn)
Time: 4:30 PM
This afternoon's highly-illustrated lecture will introduce you to the the Medical Museum and its curious denizens, from the Anatomical Venus to the Slashed Beauty, the allegorical fetal skeleton tableau to the taxidermied bearded lady, the flayed horseman of the apocalypse to the three fetuses dancing a jig. The lecture will contextualize these artifacts by situating them within their historical context via a discussion of the history of medical modeling, a survey of the great artists of the genre, and an examination of the other death-related diversions which made up the cultural landscape at the time that these objects were originally created, collected, and exhibited.
Image: From the Anatomical Theatre exhibition; "'La Specola' (Museo di Storia Naturale) : Florence, Italy "Anatomical Venus" Wax wodel with human hair and pearls in rosewood and Venetian glass case; Probably modeled by Clemente Susini (around 1790)"