Monday, August 11, 2014

Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America! Portraits of the Mind! Kubrick's Boxes! Lizard Mummies! The Morbidity of Mathematics! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

We are beyond excited to announce a number of great new events taking place in the weeks and months to come at The Morbid Anatomy Museum!

First up is Lizard Mummies & Giant Squid Tentacles: Behind the Scenes at The American Museum of Natural History, an illustrated Lecture with Erin Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History (Tuesday, August 26th; tickets here) followed by Fearful Symmetry: The Morbidity of Mathematicians, an illustrated lecture with Michael Carlisle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College (Tuesday, September 2nd; tickets here); 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 (Thursday, September 4th; tickets here); Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory: an Illustrated Lecture & Book Signing with Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician and the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" (Tuesday, September 23rd; tickets here); Anthropomorphic Mouse (One or Two Headed) Taxidermy Class (Saturday September 27th; tickets here); The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry: Workshop with Jeweler Karen Bachmann (Sunday, September 28th ; tickets here); Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman (Saturday, October 4th; tickets here); "Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes": Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night two of “The Jon Ronson Adventures" (Thursday, September 18th; tickets here); and Spirits and Ghosts I Have Known and Loved: an illustrated Presentation with Dr. Stanley Krippner, Saybrook University (Tuesday, October 28; tickets here).

We also have a number of great events happening this very week! Tonight, Monday, August 11, we have Death, Color and Memory, our second iteration 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 (tickets here). This Tuesday, August 12, we have  Invasion of the Bodysnatcher: Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America: an Illustrated Lecture by Tiffany DeRewal, Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia (tickets here). And, this Sunday, August 17th, we have Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense (tickets here).

Following is a handy list of all upcoming Morbid Anatomy Museum events. You can also see them in a more graphic fashion on our spiffy new website calendar by clicking here.

Also, please note: events tend to sell out; we strongly recommend pre-purchasing a ticket to ensure admission!
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Death, Color and Memory: Night 2 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
Date: TONIGHT Monday, August 11
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets here)


Memorialization of the dead and dying takes on many forms. Sometimes a single color comes to represent what dying can mean in the modern world, even though 'images of death' suffocate the living with visual excess. What if a person's entire death could be distilled into one, singular important hue.

More here.

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Invasion of the Bodysnatcher: Medical Students, Gothic Novels, and the Contest for the Corpse in Antebellum America
An Illustrated Lecture by Tiffany DeRewal, Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Date: THIS WEEK Tuesday, August 12th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here)


This talk explores the ways in which 19th century novels, such as the 1836 Sheppard Lee: Written by Himself, found inspiration in the rise of anatomical dissection and the graverobbing which accompanied made it possible.
More here.

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Phantom Creep Cinema: Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense
Vintage Horror Films, Cartoons, Popcorn and Nonsense with Mighty Moloch, Isadora Spivey, Ek the Ghoul, and more
Date: THIS WEEK Sunday, August 17th
Time: 3-7 pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
An afternoon of vintage horror films, Cartoons, popcorn and 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!
More here.

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Necrophilia: Night 3 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
Date: Monday, August 18
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets here)


Necrophilia is the one dead body topic 'normal' people can't discuss enough. It's so thrilling. Unbelievably intriguing. And of course, disgusting -- just in case anyone is concerned about being labelled abnormal. Films about necrophilia rarely imagine corpse abuse as a love story. Indeed, a love that dare not speak its name. Or be kissed.

More here.

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Eva Peron and an Iconography of The Flesh: How Corpses Mean as Matter, Illustrated Lecture by Margaret Schwartz

Date: Tuesday, August 19th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (tickets here)


This talk will trace the shocking story of afterlife of the corpse of Eva Peron's corpse, ie "Evita." In the process, this fantastic tale will help elaborate the complex relationship between the visual image and embodiment in our contemporary practices of death, mourning, and in the end, meaning-making

More here.

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David Icke, The Lizards and the Jews: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night one of "The Jon Ronson Adventures"
Date: Thursday, August 21st
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15
(tickets here)

Film series by author and documentary maker Jon Ronson exploring hidden worlds. Tonight's episode is on David Icke, a famous British TV sports commentator until he announced one day and then proclaimed that secretly rules the world are actually shapeshifting pedophile lizards.
More here.

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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

Date: Sunday, August 24th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8.00 (tickets 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
Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 (tickets 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? And how do concepts of future internet technology potentially shape what 'being dead' will mean in the near future if and when an individual's social media accounts recreate that person after they die?

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
Time: 8pm 
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 
Admission: $8 (tickets here)
In this lecture, Erin Chapman, New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History will take us for a "behind the scene" tour of The Museum's specimen collections and their captivating history.
More here.
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Morbid Ink: The Permanence of Memorial Tattoos
Illustrated lecture by John
John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 8pmAdmission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the fascinating world of "memorial tattoos," or tattoos in memory of the deceased.

More here.

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Abusing the Corpse: Understanding Necrophilia Laws in the USA
Illustrated lecture by John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence
Date: Wednesday, August 20
Time: 8pm
Admission: $8 (Tickets here
This illustrated talk with John Troyer, Ph.D., Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Morbid Anatomy Scholar in Residence will discuss the surprising world of laws around necrophilia.

More here.

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Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Taxidermist in Residence Divya Ananthamaran
Date: Saturday August 23rd
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Price: $400 (includes all materials)
Tickets here 
In this workshop, students will be immersed in the world of the fancy chicken and classic bird taxidermy. They will leave class with a finished piece and knowledge to make their own pieces in the future.

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
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Admission: $8 (Tickets 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
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8 (Tickets 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"
Date: Friday, August 29
Time: 8pm
Admission: $20 (tickets 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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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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"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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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory
An Illustrated Lecture & 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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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.

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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