Sunday, May 18, 2014

Singles Night! Autodecapitants! Wagner Free Institute! Industrial Ladies! Day of the Dead Field Trip! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

We are very excited to announce eleven (!!!) new Morbid Anatomy Presents events and workshops taking place in the weeks to come!

First up we have Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with London Taxidermist Margot Magpie (Wednesday, June 18th); following, we have Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense (Sunday, June 22); An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed illustrated lecture and book signing with Josie Iselin (Thursday, June 26); our first ever Morbid Anatomy Summer Flea Market (Sunday, June 29th); Industrial Ladies: An Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson of Science Channel's Oddities (Thursday, July 3); a Dissection and Drawing Workshop with Real Anatomical Specimens with physical anthropologist Samuel Strong Dunlap, PhD (Saturday, July 26) and a Carbon Dust Drawing Workshop, Featuring Real Anatomical Specimens Drawing class with Board Certified Medical Illustrator Marie Dauenheimer, MA, CMI (Sunday, July 27); Demonically Possessed Cats (!), an illustrated lecture with Dr. Paul Koudounaris (Thursday, August 7); a class in the Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry with Art Historian and Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann (Saturday, August 2); Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror, anillustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters (Thursday, October 30); AND the second iteration of our Mexican Day of the Dead field trip: Muerte en Mexico curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence Salvador Olguín.

We also have several wonderful events happening this very week! Tomorrow night we hope to see you at the second iteration of Morbid Curiosity, our Morbid Anatomy Singles Night with Daisy Tainton (Tuesday May 20); while on Thursday the 22nd we have both a special Morbid Anatomy night at Philadelphia's Wagner Free Institute with "virtual guest curators" Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson and, at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, Morbid Ingenuity: American Autodecapitants with Robert Damon Schneck.

Other upcoming events in the weeks and months to come include Jewelry of the Damned: Amuletic Protection and Apotropaic Magic with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Thursday, May 29); 8-week art-history and studio art class The Body Anatomized with SVA's Jonathon Rosen (Mondays June 2 to July 21); Popular Anatomy on The Bowery: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten American Institution, an illustrated lecture with author Alice Sparberg Alexiou (Tuesday, June 3); a special world premiere screening of  "Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens" and Q and A with Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas (Friday, June 6) and Anatomical Venuses, Dime Museums, and Waterfront Dives: A Walking Tour from Barnum to the Bowery (Saturday June 7th); Humankind First, Brutes After: Charles Willson Peale, His Museum, and Collecting and Categorizing Nature in the Early US lecture and book signing with author Nathaniel Popkin (Tuesday, June 10); Following; Morbid Anatomy presents (at The Bell House!) A Night of Animal Madness with Jon Ronson and Laurel Braitman (Free! Wednesday, June 11); Possession and Prophet:s an illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Thursday, June 12); The Skeleton Crew: Forensic Science and the Identification of the Unnamed Dead: an Illustrated lecture and book party with MIT's Deborah Halber and retired NYPD detective sergeant John Paolucci (Tuesday, July 8); and Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Sweet, Department of Ornithology at AMNH (Tuesday, July 22);

For those who prefer to learn arcane skills, we have a number of excellent workshop offerings including Special Walter Potter Edition - Anthropomorphic Bunny Taxidermy Class  (This Sunday May 18th); Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Sunday, June 1st); Two Headed/Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy with Divya Anantharaman (Sunday June, 8th); and Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Former AMNH Senior Insect Preparator Daisy Tainton (Saturday, June 14).

Full list and more information on all events can be found here. Hope to see you at one or more of these terrific events!
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Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Singles Night
Hosted by Daisy Tainton

Date: Tuesday, May 20th
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $15 (includes one free adult beverage)
Purchase tickets here.
Location: *** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Are you dying to show off your knowledge of death, diseases and afflictions? Want to meet some like-minded New Yorkers and discuss fun topics like New York's burgeoning measles outbreak? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, we hope you’ll join us for our second Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Singles Night!
Play games with historical, anatomical and medical themes. Meet interesting singles with whom you actually have something in common, curiosity-seekers to join you on your next graveyard tour, or simply hang out with the Morbid Anatomy Team and pick our brains!

Read more about last month's iteration on Nerve.com by clicking here.

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Morbid Ingenuity: American Autodecapitants
Illustrated Lecture with Robert Damon Schneck
Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Buy tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Does beheading call to mind the grim excesses of state power or contemporary terrorism? Think again. For a small but dedicated group of nineteenth- and twentieth-century suicides the construction of a home-made guillotine offered not only a quick, clean way out, but also a way to test their engineering skills quite literally to the limit, in a culture that celebrated ‘Yankee ingenuity.’ Join Robert Damon Schneck for an evening dedicated to hinged axes, weighted blades, and even – gulp – the odd chainsaw.

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Morbid Anatomy at Philadelphia's Wagner Free Institute: Outsider Perspectives with Guest Curators Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson
Illustrated lecture with Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein and Oddities' Evan Michelson
Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: Presentation 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Free! Afterparty eception in the museum $10)
Tickets: Register here for this lecture (Free) and the Annual Member Reception
*** Offsite at The Wagner Free Institute, 1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Tonight, please join Morbid Anatomy for a special night at one of our favorite museums of all time--The Wagner Free Institute in Philadelphia! For this event, Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy founder) and Evan Michelson (Science Channel's "Oddities") have been invited to be guest curators, and, as such, will each give a short, illustrated talk on a few of their favorite artifacts in the Wagner's untouched 19th century collection. Best of all, the talk will take place in one of our favorite spaces ever: the Wagner's time-travelingly incredible 19th century lecture theatre complete with dusty specimens, magic lantern projector, and antique wooden chairs.
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Jewelry of the Damned: Amuletic Protection and Apotropaic Magic

Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, May 29
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Buy tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Part of the Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series
In the ancient world, everyday objects had all sorts of purposes and meanings; many were believed to be infused with magic, in order to protect the owner from all sorts of dangerous elements. While not readily identifiable by to the modern viewer, the symbols used in Ancient Egypt were part of a visual currency that would have been understood by all levels of society. Interestingly, on many personal objects we find images of demons and dangerous animals, that in another context would be seen as harmful to the owner – what are they doing here, and how are they functioning in relation to these other symbols? This lectures aims to present some of these well-known and lesser known magical symbols – as well as introduce a few of our friendly, neighborhood demon protectors.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed!) Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date:  Sunday, June 1st
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Offsite*** Morbid Anatomy Museum ( New Location ) : 424A 3rd Ave, Corner of 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission: $110 (one-headed) / $125 (two-headed)
*** Purchase tickets by clicking here.
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
In this class, students will learn all the skills required to make--and leave class with their very own--piece of one- or two-headed mouse anthropomorphic taxidermy. Anthropomorphic taxidermy--a practice in which taxidermied animals are posed as if engaged in human activities--was an artform made famous by Victorian taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. In this class, as profiled by the New York Times, students will learn to create--from start to finish--anthropomorphic mice inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Mr. Potter. Your final project might take the form of a bespectacled, whiskey swilling, top hat tipping mouse; or perhaps a rodent mermaid queen of the burlesque world? With some props and some artful styling, your mouse can become whatever or whomever you want; this is the joy of anthropomorphic taxidermy.
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The Body Anatomized: Art Studio and History Class with SVA's Jonathon Rosen
Dates: Mondays June 2 to July 21 (8 sessions) Admission: $300
Time: 7-10
Tickets: Click here
Class limited to 20 people
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
Temple of the soul or soft machine? The body is where human art, science, culture, politics and medicine all intersect. This hybrid lecture/studio course takes inspiration from artists ancient to post-modern who use medicine and anatomy as a point of departure for personal, political, religious or scientific commentary. Over eight sessions, Jonathon Rosen will explore the influence of traditional medical imagery on contemporary art-making and pop culture through the lens of history, culture and aesthetics. Examples will range from medieval doctor’s sketchbooks and illuminated manuscripts, via Renaissance medical surrealism and 19th century medical devices, to contemporary works by Damien Hirst, John Isaacs, the virtual human project, BodyWorlds, and beyond. On the way we will also touch on aesthetic surgery, genetics, biomechanics, medical museums, anatomy in movies and French underground comics.

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Popular Anatomy on The Bowery: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten American InstitutionIllustrated lecture with author Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Once upon a time, when "The Bowery" was synonymous with anything low-life, it was filled with “anatomical museums.” These were a combination of freak shows, live animals, and jars of dead babies in formaldehyde. Sometimes these “museums” also featured live performances. These places were also known for scamming their customers. The possibility of danger enhanced the pleasure to be derived from a night out on the Bowery, which by the time of the Civil War was growing ever more notorious for its wicked ways. Anatomical museums made great targets for irate ministers and others among the ranks of an obstreperous anti-vice crusade that was then growing in tandem with the temperance movement. In 1873 the hysterically puritanical and savvy politician Anthony Comstock established his New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and even pushed a law to that effect through Congress. The Bowery was one of his favorite targets, and in 1888, Comstock participated in a raid there that resulted in the shutting down of three of the Bowery's most notorious anatomical museums.

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"Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens" : World Premiere Screening and Q and A with Morbid Anatomy Museum Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas
Date: Friday, June 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $10 (Tickets here)
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Tonight, please join us to celebrate Morbid Anatomy's 7th birthday with the world premiere of the Morbid Anatomy Museum's first foray into film with a special screening of filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas' "Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens." This surprisingly tender and heartfelt film features never before seen footage of the great tableaux of eccentric Victorian anthropomorphic taxidermist Walter Potter and the collectors around the world who treasure them. You will meet in the course of this film tiny kittens in gowns attending a wedding or having a tea party; toads playing on swings; monkeys riding goats; the funeral of a robin; a two faced kitten; and much, much more. Thomas will also screen assorted other short films and answer your questions about the making of the film.

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Anatomical Venuses, Dime Museums, and Waterfront Dives: A Walking Tour from Barnum to the Bowery
Date: Saturday June 7
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
*** Must pre-order tickets here
Meeting Point: City Hall Park, by the fountain (precise end point TBD)
19th century New York City was a town of varied amusements, from P.T. Barnum’s American Museum to popular anatomical museums to waterfront dives offering such attractions as rat fighting. This 90-minute walking tour will introduce you to a few of these long-vanished diversions, from the dime museums of lower Broadway to the notorious dance halls of the old Five Points to the low-down dives of the Bowery.

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Two Headed/Anthropomorphic Rat Taxidermy with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Sunday, June 8th
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Offsite*** Morbid Anatomy Museum ( New Location ) : 424A 3rd Ave, Corner of 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission: $200
*** Purchase tickets by clicking here.

From Victorian curiosity cabinets to Coney Island sideshows, gaff making has held it's place in history, and our hearts. This class will teach students of all levels everything they need to know about proper small mammal taxidermy technique and the details that make a gaff truly convincing--or comical! Students are encouraged to get creative. Having been commissioned to work on natural oddities (like two faced or 'Janus' kittens) and supernatural freaks (conjoined chicken gaff), the instructor will draw upon her experience to help students create memorable mounts.

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Humankind First, Brutes After: Charles Willson Peale, His Museum, and Collecting and Categorizing Nature in the Early US
Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Nathaniel Popkin
Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Buy tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
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Copies of Lion and Leopard will be available for sale and signing
Artist, inventor and naturalist Charles Willson Peale is best remembered today as the founder of the first American museum. His Philadelphia Museum--opened in the 1780s--displayed side by side his own paintings and taxidermy, the first displayed skeleton of an American mastodon, and other assorted curiosities arranged according to the principles of Linnaean taxonomy. Blurring our contemporary boundaries between art and science, Peale's museum can be seen as a kind of missing link between the Cabinets of Curiosities of old and today's museums.

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A Night of Animal Madness with Jon Ronson and Laurel Braitman, Presented by The Morbid Anatomy Museum at The Bell House
Date: Wednesday, June 11
Time: 8:00 PM (Doors 7:30)
Admission: FREE!! (More here)
*** Offsite at The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215; Map here)
***Copies of Animal Madness will be available for sale and signing
Tonight we hope you'll join us for an evening celebrating animal minds on the fringe--both human and non--as explored in the new book Animal Madness: How anxious dogs, compulsive parrots and elephants in recovery help us understand ourselves by writer and historian of science Laurel Braitman. The book is a tale of insanity in the animal kingdom and the ways in which creatures like compulsively-masturbating orangutans or wombats on anti-psychotic drugs have helped humans make sense of our own wild minds, and how to heal them. Laurel Braitman will read selections from her book touching on such topics as bonobos with human psychiatrists, the story of "Animal Pharm," and killer elephants who are rehabilitated back into society after "psychotic breaks." Journalist, humorist and documentary maker Jon Ronson will tell stories from his book The Psychopath Test and give a sneak preview into his work-in-progress book on the topic of public shaming; there will be short films on the topic by Oddball Cinema; phrenology readings by author Colin Dickey, music, drinks, and more. Copies of Animal Madness will be available for sale and signing along with Jon’s books.

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Possession and Prophets: Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, June 12
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Buy tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
Part of the Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series
On the ancient Mediterranean, the words and wishes of the gods were handed down through a number of different conduits – some human and some not. What were the vehicles for prophecy and how were they interpreted in Ancient Egyptian society? From omens to offerings to the ancient equivalent of ‘phone a friend,’ the manner in which the living communicated with their deities varied, across economic levels and with the development of time. We often see instances of both godly and demonic possession, and will discuss the different vehicles through which the gods could speak, including statues, smells, wind, light, and humans and animals, briefly expanding our dialogue to include neighboring Greece and Roman.
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Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop with Former AMNH Senior Insect Preparator Daisy Tainton
Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 1 – 4 PM
Admission: $75
***Must buy ticket here
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
***Offsite*** Morbid Anatomy Museum ( New Location ) : 424A 3rd Ave
Corner of 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Today, join former AMNH Senior Insect Preparator Daisy Tainton for Morbid Anatomy’s popular Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop.
Rhinoceros beetles: nature’s tiny giants. Adorable, with their giant heads and tiny legs, and wonderful antler-like protrusions. If you think they would be even more adorable drinking tiny beers and holding tiny fishing poles, we have the perfect class for you! In today’s workshop, students will learn to make–and leave with their own!–shadowbox dioramas featuring carefully positioned beetles doing nearly anything you can imagine.
Xylotrupes gideon beetles will be available, one per student. They measure about 3″ tall when standing vertically.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with London Taxidermist Margot Magpie

Date: Wednesday June 18th
Time: 8-11pm
Admission: $100 (Tickets here)
This class is part of the Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
Subway: 4th Av – 9th Street (R – F – G)
Margot Magpie, leading taxidermy artist from London, takes you through the step-by-step process of mouse taxidermy: from ethically sourcing your rodents, to preservation, stuffing, and positioning. By the end, you'll have a happy little mouse, a quirky talking point for your living room and a new experience to tell your friends about. Her work has been worn by the likes of the Chirurgeon's Apprentice, Lindsey Fitzharris, and musician Amanda Palmer, and has appeared on tour with Lana Del Rey, and at the Science Museum London. She blogs about her thoughts and experiences for the Huffpost UK and on  ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com

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APOLOGIES; EVENT CANCELLED
Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus ‑‑ An Underground History with author Angelo Pastormerlo


Illustrated lecture with author Angelo Pastormerlo
Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

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Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense with Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more
Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 3-7 pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
Many years ago, a vault sealed with forgotten film fragments was paved over and lost to time. PHANTOM CREEP CINEMA has unearthed languishing lore of motion picture history! Join the Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more, for an afternoon of nonsense including hours and hours of digest-length horror, sci-fi, comedy, and cartoons, all projected from super8, 8mm and 16mm prints! Plus, free popcorn! Not for the weak of heart!

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An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of SeaweedAn Illustrated lecture and book signing with Josie Iselin
Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 8 PM
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue ), 11215 Brooklyn, NY (Subway: 4th Av - 9th Street : R - F - G)
Seaweeds are some of the most ecologically important organisms on earth and few people know how stunningly beautiful and varied they are. Spectacular images of select species from both the West and East Coasts will accompany a presentation including easy to understand science of seaweed. Josie will discuss her evolution as a bookmaker as well as how she produced the unique view of marine algae found in her newest book, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed (Abrams, March 2014). Her book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.
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Morbid Anatomy Summer Flea Market
Date: Sunday, June 29th
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Admission: FREE
Location: The Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
Want to sell your wares? Contact laetitia [at] morbidanatomymuseum.org
Do you love Morbid Anatomy's annual Holiday Fair? If so, you won't want to miss our first Summer Market on Sunday June 29th at the new Morbid Anatomy Museum! Antique hunters and curiosity collectors know than nothing is better than a lazy Sunday spent at a great flea market; at this one, you'll find all of your favorite artists, makers and antique peddlers, including Ryan Matthew Cohn (of Science Channel's "Oddities") with his osteology and antiquities; Daisy Tainton with her insect shadowboxes and mourning rings; Amber Jolliffe Maykut with her taxidermy curiosities; Elizabeth New and her abject housewares; Karen Bachmann and her hair art; and much more, all accompanied by the exotic tunes of Morbid Anatomy DJ in Residence Friese Undine!

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Industrial Ladies
An Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Science Channel's Oddities, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in residence
Date: Thursday, July 3
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
Subway: 4th Av – 9th Street (R – F – G)
One hundred years ago, the art of the wax department store mannequin reached its zenith. These fragile, cumbersome, and extremely expensive industrial objects were ubiquitous fixtures on busy shopping streets in cities throughout the world. A few decades later, they were obsolete. In their heyday, wax women ruled supreme as the luxurious clotheshorses of the moment - industrial objects created with no philosophical, educational or artistic purpose beyond inspiring an impulsive yearning. Mundane and mesmerizing, these were objects that projected desire, and perfectly expressed the feminine ideals of their time. For one collector, these ladies represent a personal puzzle: why would a person with mild automatonophobia surround herself with so many silent and eerie companions? How do they work their magic? How does age make these forever-young ladies ever-more beguiling?

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The Skeleton Crew: Forensic Science and the Identification of the Unnamed Dead
Illustrated lecture and book party with MIT's Deborah Halber and retired NYPD detective sergeant John Paolucci
Date: Tuesday, July 8
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Buy tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
***Copies of Skeleton Crew will be available for sale and signing


Please join author Deborah Halber and retired NYPD detective sergeant John Paolucci for an evening exploring what happens when human remains—victims of homicides, suicides and accidents--cannot be identified. The talk, book signing and wine-and-cheese reception mark the release of Deborah Halber’s narrative nonfiction book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.

More here.
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Extraordinary Birds: The Art of Ornithology Lecture and Book Signing
Illustrated lecture with Paul Sweet, Collection Manager in the Department of Ornithology, AMNH
Date: Tuesday, July 22
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue)
*** Copies of Extraordinary Birds will be available for sale and signing
Tonight, join American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Paul Sweet for a heavily illustrated lecture based on his new book Extraordinary Birds, the second publication in the AMNH’s Natural Histories series. In Extraordinary Birds, Paul traces the history of ornithological illustration from the Renaissance to the 20th century, examining the development of scientific thought, world exploration and printing techniques, and telling the stories of important figures from the history of ornithology.

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Dissection and Drawing Workshop with Real Anatomical Specimens with physical anthropologist Samuel Strong Dunlap, PhD
Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Admission: $60
*** Must pre-order tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue ), 11215 Brooklyn, NY (Subway: 4th Av - 9th Street : R - F - G)
Modern scientific dissection and illustrations commenced in the Renaissance. Basic anatomical dissection, illustration and knowledge are still fundamental in many fields such as evolutionary biology, surgery, quality medical schools, and forensic science.
In today’s workshop, we will dissect and draw a Didelphis virginiana–the North American opossum–a “living fossil” whose anatomy has remained virtually unchanged over the past 70 million years; this creature is considered to be a good model for a basal–i.e. early or original–mammal. Many comparative skeletal materials will be available for examination and illustration, and additional specimens may also be available. Gloves, scalpels and probes will be provided. Marie Dauenheimer, medical illustrator (and instructor of this afternoon’s carbon dust workshop), will assist with this workshop.

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Carbon Dust Drawing Workshop, Featuring Real Anatomical Specimens Drawing class with Board Certified Medical Illustrator Marie Dauenheimer, MA, CMI

Date: Sunday, July 27
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Class size limited to 12
Admission: $75 (includes materials cost)
*** Must pre-order tickets here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue ), 11215 Brooklyn, NY (Subway: 4th Av - 9th Street : R - F - G)
Carbon dust is a technique perfected by medical artist Max Brodel, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in the late 19th century. This technique–which, until the digital age, was an essential component of medical illustration education–allows the artist to create luminous, textural, three-dimensional drawings by layering carbon dust on prepared paper.
Today’s one day intensive workshop will teach students the use of this all but forgotten medium, and guide each student in the creation of a finished work based on real anatomical specimens supplied by the instructor. The workshop will also include a historical lecture placing carbon dust drawings in the context of the history of anatomical and medical art. The instructor will provide all materials necessary for this workshop, and will also share finished carbon dust drawings.

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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Art Historian and Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Saturday, August 2
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Admission: $100
***Tickets must be pre-purchased here
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue ), 11215 Brooklyn , NY
Subway: 4th Av - 9th Street (R - F - G)
Hair jewelry was an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class will explore a modern take on the genre.

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Demonically Possessed Cats: Illustrated lecture with Dr. Paul Koudounaris
Date: Thursday, August 7
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
**Copies of Heavenly Bodies will be available for sale and signing
Does your cat do things like:
-- spit fire?
-- speak in tongues?
-- levitate?
-- shape shift?
-- wantonly kill people for no apparent reason?
This behavior may be more than simple bad kitty syndrome—your cat may be possessed by a demon. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, there is an entire history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. And did you know . . . demonically-possessed cats are still believed to be with us today! Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of the cult macabre tomes Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies has immersed himself in the study of demonic cats, and will return to the Morbid Anatomy Museum to give a talk on this sadly neglected topic.

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Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror
Illustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters.
Date: Thursday, October 30 (Tickets here)
Time: 8 pm
Admission: $8
Location: The Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
Fear of the dark (nyctophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), and snakes (herpetophobia) are universal terrors among human beings, whereas zombies, vampires, and psychopaths are more culturally specific. But do the cultures of horror (from folktales to Hollywood monsters) have roots in the evolution of our cognitive operating-system? Is our brain hard-wired with instinctual fears of certain morphologies, or does culture alone write our biases on the blank slate of developing consciousness? In this talk Professor Stephen Asma--author of On Monsters--will use horror as an interdisciplinary bridge between humanities and scientific methodologies —a kind of case study for triangulating philosophy, psychology and biology. Recent research into the neuroscience of fear and cognition will be applied to some of the perennial monsters of our imagination. Copies of his books will also be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Muerte en Mexico: A Special Field Trip to Mexico for Day of the Dead to Visit Sites Important to the History of Death in Mexico
A 4-day trip to Mexico curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín for Borderline Projects, and Morbid Anatomy
Dates: October 31 - November 4 2014 (**Must reserve by July 15)
Includes: Two Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City and Oaxaca; Special tours to El Templo Mayor, The Monumental Day of the Dead Offering at El Zocalo and The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, a visit to the historical neighborhood of Coyoacán and the Dolores Cemetery. Sites in Oaxaca include the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca attached to the Church of Santo Domingo, the citywide celebration and vigil of Day of the Dead at the Panteon General (the Oaxaca General Cemetery), also known as the Panteon San Miguel; the Old Xocotlan Cemetery, The Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption, the Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre crafts and food markets, among many other incredibly beautiful traditional places and museums.
Cost: $675.00 USD (ncludes all hotels in double-rooms, luxury ground transportation, museum admissions, guided visits, and breakfasts; airfares not included); email info@borderlineprojects.com to reserve a space.

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Full list and more information on all events can be found here. More on the Morbid Anatomy Art Academy can be found here.

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