Saturday, August 23, 2014

Evil Music! Side Show Medicine! ESP and the Search for Soul! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

We have scores of wonderful events taking place The Morbid Anatomy Museum in the days and weeks to come!

Below, please find a full list; if you like what you see--or what our new institution stands for, as eloquently described in this excellent new Financial Times article--please consider supporting us by becoming a member (with all the benefits that entails!) by clicking here, or making a donation by clicking here

Thanks, and hope to see you at the museum soon!

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Michael Rockefeller: Art’s Cannibal Headhunter Mystery: An Illustrated Lecture by David Kenneth Zuckerman, with opening informational lecture from New York Tribal Tribal Art dealer Cole Harrell
    Tuesday, September 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick? Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
    Monday, September 29th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd since 1700: Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
    Tuesday, September 30th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Born Different: Congenital Malformations, Disabilities, A Case Study of Side Show Performers: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA
    Wednesday, October 1st, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Wearable Bird Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, November 9th, 12pm, $200, Tickets (and more info) here

EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK 
  • The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul: Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo 

    Sunday, August 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin: A death-themed series of screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
    Monday, August 25, $5 Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
    Tuesday, August 26th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info) here
     
  • The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
    Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence

    Wednesday, August 27
    , $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World" Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Thursday, August 28
    , 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

  • "Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
    Friday, August 29, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
Following is a handy list of our other upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our website calendar by clicking here. Please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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The Burden of Proof: 20th Century ESP Research and the Search for the Soul: Illustrated lecture by Heather Duncan, PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo 

TODAY Sunday, August 24th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here


This lecture will explore the so-called “survival hypothesis”—the belief in the survival of consciousness beyond death—and its connection to J.B. Rhine’s research on ESP and psychokinesis at the Duke Parapsychology Lab from 1930 to 1965.

More here.
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Future Death Circa 1990: Night 4 of Tales from the Celluloid Coffin: A death-themed series of screenings curated by Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
This Monday, August 25, $5 Tickets (and more info) here
The future of human death seems increasingly bound to digital technology and the internet. Understanding these implications is both practical and futuristic, in ways that make many people uncomfortable. But how did our long ago relatives in the early 1990s imagine what death on the web might be like? 

More here.
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Lizard Mummies and Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History
Illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History

This Tuesday, August 26th, 8pm, Tickets (and more info)
here

In this lecture, Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History, will take us for a highly-illustrated "behind the scenes" tour.

More here.
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The Future is Death and Death is the Future: Technology, Politics, and the Dead Body
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
This Wednesday, August 27
, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
This illustrated lecture with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will explore the present and the future technologies of the dead body.

More here.

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Ancestor Cults in the Ancient World" Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
This Thursday, August 28
, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) here

This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the many different ways the dead interacted with the living in ancient Egypt and the way the living interacted with the dead, from household cults, to festivals, and even a fairly active postal system of letters to the afterworld.

More here.

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"Ghost of Michael Jackson" birthday/karaoke party sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a lecture by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson"
This Friday, August 29, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here

Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a very special night of drinks, music videos, and karaoke sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and featuring a talk by Shannon Taggart on "the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson."

More here.
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Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians
An illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College
Date: Tuesday, September 2nd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this illustrated talk, Michael Carlisle will discuss the troubled, often tragic fate of some of the greatest theorists of mathematics.   
More here.

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Morbid Curiosity: A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night
Date: Wednesday September 3rd
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15 (Sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider
Tickets here
Queer, transgender and straight-friendly singles night sponsored by Fox Barrel Cider and hosted by Daisy Tainton.

More here.

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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
An illustrated lecture with Carl Schoonover, author of
Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Date: Thursday, September 4th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


Carl Shoonover will explore the history of neuroscience through the visual representation of the brain from antiquity to the 21st century as explored in his recent book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century.
More here.
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Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, September 6th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $300 (Ticket here)


Anthropomorphic taxidermy–in which taxidermy animals are posed into human attitudes and poses–was an artform made famous by Victorian taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. In this class, students will learn to create–from start to finish–anthropomorphic bunnies inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Mr. Potter and his ilk.

More here

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DIY Curiosity Cabinet Workshop with Vimala Pasupathi
Date: Sunday, September 7th
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Admission: $130 for Small Cabinets / $145 for Bigger Cabinet (Tickets here)


In this unique workshop, learn the history and art of Wunderkammer by doing one yourself!

More here

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Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
An Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)
***Copies of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” will be available for sale and signing


Tonight, join author and poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for the story of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, the man behind Philadelphia’s iconic Mütter Museum, widely considered to be America’s finest medical museum.
More here.

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Industrial Ladies
Illustrated Lecture by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities
Date: Thursday, September 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)

Illustrated lecture about uncanny and fascinating early 19th wax department store mannequins by Evan Michelson, Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities.

More here.

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Sounds of the Ether – The Strange Universe of the Theremin: A Concert and Lecture with Dorit Chrysler
Special Concert and Lecture Presentation with Theremin Virtuoso & Director of the NY Theremin Society Dorit Chrysler
Date: Friday, September 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (Tickets here)


In this event, virtuoso theremin player Chrysler will recount the fascinating history of this electronic instrument which, invented in 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitsch Termen, generates sound without being touched. The evening will end with a Theremin concert.

More here.

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Michael Rockefeller: Art’s Cannibal Headhunter Mystery
An Illustrated Lecture by David Kenneth Zuckerman with opening informational lecture from New York Tribal Art dealer Cole Harrell
Date: Tuesday, September 16th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)
In this lecture, David Kenneth Zuckerman will recount the story of Michael Rockefeller, Herr of New York most famous family, who in 1961 went missing in the tribal Asmat head-hunter region and was never found again.

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"Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
Date: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(Tickets here)

Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is the thousand sealed boxes director Stanley Kubrick left behind when he died.

More here.

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Torah Animal World Taxidermy Museum Field Trip
Date: Sunday, September 21st
Time: 1pm
Admission: $15 - You MUST buy tickets BEFORE the tour as its a limited capacity. (Tickets here)


Today, join us on an eye-popping excursion to Torah Animal World, a unique taxidermy Museum in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The two-floor natural history museum features an extensive collection of over 500 preserved animals, both kosher and not kosher, complete and mounted.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory
An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician"
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd
Time : 8pm
Admission $5 (tickets here)

In this combination lecture/reading, Ask a Mortician's Caitlin Doughty will debut her new book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory, an unflinching look behind the scenes at the funeral industry.
More here.
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Fur-Ever Friends: Animal Mummies
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Thursday, September 25
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated lecture with Egyptologist in Residence Ava Forte Vitali will discuss the variety of reasons the Egyptians had for mummifying animals, the ways in which they did it, and sometimes – the ways in which they scammed their unsuspecting clients!

More here.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Price: $110 one headed/$125 two headed (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this class, students will learn to create--from start to finish--anthropomorphic mice inspired by the charming and imaginative work of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.  

More here.
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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Jeweler Karen Bachmann
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Admission: $105 ( Ticket also gets you admission to the Morbid Anatomy Museum and the "Art of Mourning" Exhibit ) (tickets here)


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.
More here.

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Bad Vibrations: Can Music Make you Sick? Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University Date: Monday, September 29th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)
Can music make girls lose all sexual restraint, causing nymphomania, pregnancy and the collapse of social order? The answer, of course, will be discussed by James Kennaway in his presentation.
More here.

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Fashionable Diseases: Diagnoses for the In Crowd since 1700,
Illustrated lecture with Dr James Kennaway, Historian at Newcastle University
Date: Tuesday, September 30th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)

This talk will look at the diseases associated with wealth, power, emotional sensitivity and intellectual ability in the modern era.

More here.

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Born Different: Congenital Malformations, Disabilities, A Case Study of Side Show Performers
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum, “In House” Physician at Coney Island USA
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets Here)


Tonight, join Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum for a lecture relating his experiences as the “in house” physician at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows By The Seashore

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $400 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future) (tickets here)


In this exclusive workshop, students will be immersed in everything about the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. 
More here.

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Halloween: The Curious Story of America’s Most Horrible Holiday
Illustrated Lecture by Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History
Date: Sunday, October 26th
Time: 8:00 PM (Tickets here)
Admission: $8 
Tonight, join Halloween scholar Lesley Bannatyne as she traces our onetime children’s holiday-turned-blood-and-guts carnival from its tiny origins in northwestern Europe through its recent explosion in popularity in the States.

More here.

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Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved
Illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University
Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 (tickets here)
Presented by Shannon Taggart, Morbid Anatomy Museum Programmer in Residence
In this presentation, Dr. Stanley Krippner--professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, California-- will discuss his long history of investigating the spooks that are reported to be especially active at Halloween.

More here
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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
Time: 8 pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
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.

More here.

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Muerte en Mexico: A Special Field Trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for for Day of the Dead to Visit Sites Important to the History of Death in Mexico
Dates: October 31 – November 4 2014 (**Must reserve by July 15)
 $675.00 USD (includes 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. Please send payments via PayPal to: info@borderlineprojects.com.  SOLD OUT


A 4-day trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca for Day of the Dead; curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín for Borderline Projects, and Morbid Anatomy. Includes day of the dead celebrations, markets, churches, luxury bus travel, hotels, tickets to museums and breakfasts.

More here.

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Wearable Bird Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: $200 (includes all materials for use in class, students go home with their own finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future)
Tickets here

In this class, learn how to create a Victorian era inspired hat or head piece using preserved bird wings and feathers.

More here.

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