Friday, May 2, 2014

Less than 24 Hours to Support the Nascent Morbid Anatomy Museum on Kickstarter!

Our Kickstarter campaign supporting Morbid Anatomy's move from a 300 square foot closet to a 4,200 square foot former nightclub in the Gowanus will end in less than 24 hours!

If you have not yet contributed--or long to up your pledge!--please consider doing so now at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1038582734/the-morbid-anatomy-museum

With this donation, not only will you be contributing to the establishment of an institution and museum devoted to our offbeat interests, but you can also win exciting awards like limited edition prints by artists Mark Dion and Mark Ryden and (2rd and 3rd images down); "experiential awards" with stars of TV's Oddities including shooting antique guns with Mike Zohn and a private tour of Ryan Matthew Cohn's astounding home museum; a collectible set piece from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas; a private party in the museum; special Morbid Anatomy merch; and much, much more!

You can find out more--and contribute to what we hope you'll agree is a very worthy cause!--by clicking here. You can watch the wonderful intro video--created by filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive and narrated by Oddities's Evan Michelson--at this link as well.

Why should you considering lending your support to The Morbid Anatomy Museum? Here are a few reasons: it will be a beautiful and inspiring space to foster our unique international community of supporters, friends, artists, rogue scholars and like-minded enthusiasts; it will enshrine that which we hold dear; and it will be a place to study, to delight; a place to “meet the others.” It will also feature:
  • An enlarged, beautiful library to house our rapidly expanding collection of over 2,500 books
  • An exhibition space to showcase our ever-growing permanent collection 
  • A gift shop with our own quirky merch, taxidermy, waxworks, curiosia and obscure books from around the world
  • A café serving espresso and pastries seven days a week, with plans to expand to a full bar
  • More publications by Morbid Anatomy Press
  • A new lecture and event space capable of holding twice our current numbers featuring talks by Morbid Anatomy favorites such as Stanley Burns (The Burns Archive), Paul Koudounaris (Empire of Death), Amy Herzog, Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), and Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of TV’s Oddities.
  • Expanded public programing including visiting international scholars such as Richard Barnett (Wellcome Collection), Mel Gordon (Voluptuous Panic, Grand Guignol) and John Troyer (Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath)
  • More field trips and classes, and live-casting of lectures
  • A film branch, with filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive
  • A rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in breathtaking views of industrial Brooklyn and the mighty Gowanus Canal
Again, you can find out more--and donate now!--by clicking here. Whether you can contribute or not, we hope very much to see you soon in the new museum!


Images, top to bottom:
  1. Rendering of the Morbid Anatomy Museum by Architects Robert Kirkbride and Anthony Cohn
  2. Limited edition signed and number print by Mark Dion, available only as part of this kickstarter!
  3. Mark Ryden, “Tree of Mystery”An limited edition artwork by Mark Ryden in a beautiful hand-carved wood frame


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