Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Congress for Curious Peoples, Barcelona Begins Tonight in the Royal Academy of Medicine's 18th Century Anatomical Theatre!

Hope to see you tonight at night one of the Congress for Curious People Barcelona 2014 with "Medicine and Science in Old Barcelona" taking place in the Royal Academy of Medicine's sumptuous 18th Century Anatomical Theatre (above), one of the best preserved in the world.

You can find out more tonight's event--and all the others in this series--by clicking here. You can read more about the festival, from today's issue of El Periódico, translated from the Catalan via Google Translate (original here). Hope to see you there!
For five days, Barcelona will host the fifth annual Congress of Curious People, born in 2010 in Coney Island (New York) initiative of Joanna Ebenstein , artist and founder of Morbid Anatomy Museum of Brooklyn. This institution is one of the promoters of the special meeting , proposed itineraries , festivals , lectures and visits to unique and difficult places in Barcelona .

The other organizers are a company dedicated to cultural tourism VIA Barcelona Kriminal Kabarett , alternative cabaret directed by Felipe Trigo . He took the initiative to move a conference , which until now had only been held in New York and London, in the Catalan capital . The public response was so good that last night because there was no entry. Moreover, there is a waiting list . If it were a living , they should hang a poster of " sold the tickets ."

The reasons for this success are that the groups should be small and that the proposals are very interesting. " Entering the private gardens of the Casa Vicens, Gaudí , the bunker of the former Soviet embassy Tibidabo, which hosted espionage agents of the twentieth century , at the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Medicine in the basement of a restaurant in the Plaza Real hidden surprise and Atelier La Muerte Negra Grace , "says Trigo , which is also in specialized guide history and sights of Barcelona.

The key that opens the doors to these areas is difficult to achieve and impossible if you do not know the secret places of Barcelona. " Grace is a proposal together with a cultural point of entertainment ," believes the director of the Barcelona edition . So the congress coincides with the carnival and its masked balls .

The itineraries are invited to know why Barcelona was called the Pink City of wonders or fire . Or route by the mysteries of Count Cagliostro , the circle of erudite sages Born and debauchery in the time of Napoleon .

Henry H. March, author of the blog Bereshit , gives a lecture today about the missing Rock Museum . In his opinion , the aim of the conference is to analyze the tale of everything that fascinated our grandparents and, beyond aesthetic reasons , " continues to seduce us today ."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Death in a Nutshell! Forensic Entomology! The Uranian Phalanstery! The Ancient Egyptian End of the World with Free Brooklyn Brewery Beer! Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

This week at Morbid Anatomy, we hope you'll join us for our much anticipated "Death in a Nutshell: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" with Bruce Goldfarb of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland (Thursday, Feb 27)! If this topic piques your interest, you also won't want to miss our field trip on Saturday, March 29 to Baltimore (just a few slots remaining!) with guide Robert Marbury (aka Angelic Boyfriend" in John Waters' Cry-Baby) with a special tour of the Nutshell Studies as well as Scarpetta House, a full-sized furnished room donated in which death scenes are staged to train forensic investigators. There will also be stops at The Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.

Also this week, for those in Spain or environs, we hope to see you at our Carnival Week Congress for Curious People in Barcelona, Spain (February 26 - March 2) dedicated to the history of Carnival and to the city of Barcelona in its age of Enlightenment, with open houses, walking tours, costume parties, and talks on the history of medicine.

Onwards and upwards in NYC, we have two newly announced lectures: Forensic Entomology and Bedbugs: an illustrated lecture and live show and tell with Louis Sorkin, entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History (Tuesday, March 11) and The Uranian Phalanstery: A Utopian Artistic Community and Bizarre Museum of Material Culture, an Illustrated lecture with Photographer Ves Pitts (Tuesday, March 18). There are also two lectures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Ava Forte Vitali: The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt" (Thursday, March 27) and The Ancient Egyptian End of the World and the Mythology of Beer with free beer (!!!) kindly provided by Brooklyn Brewery (Thursday, March 13).

For those who prefer arcane skills, we have a number of excellent workshop offerings including Bunny Taxidermy/ Jackalope Class (Sunday, March 2); Melanistic Pheasant Taxidermy Class (Saturday, March 8); Bat Skeleton in Glass Dome Workshop (Sunday, March 16); Squirrel Taxidermy Class (Sunday, March 23);  and Winged Rats or Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class (Sunday, April 6th); Wearable Taxidermy Workshop (Sunday, April 13); Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class (Sunday, April 20); and The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry; Mother's Day Special (Saturday, May 10).

Hope to see you at one or more event! 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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Carnival Week Congress for Curious People in Barcelona, Spain
Dates: February 26 - March 2
Admission: Varies; see website for more info

This year, the Congress for Curious People will travel to Barcelona to help celebrate Carnival Week with a week-long cultural festival highlighting the unusual side of Barcelona. For a single, action-packed week, we will satisfy your curiosity through special activities, cultural itineraries, conferences and exclusive dinners and parties. The Congress is dedicated to the history of Carnival and to the city of Barcelona in its age of Enlightenment after 1714, and will take the form of special visits and walking tours, decadent parties, and talks on the history of medicine and science between the XV and XVIII centuries.

More here.

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Death in a Nutshell: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: Illustrated lecture with Bruce Goldfarb, executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland
Date: Thursday, February 27
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)


The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is an extraordinary collection of miniature dioramic death scenes, hand-crafted in the 1940s in obsessive detail by Frances Glessner Lee. They were -- and still are -- used to train police in the methods of forensic death investigation. Lee, a wealthy socialite with no formal education who in middle age was commissioned by the New Hampshire State Police, is considered the mother of modern, scientific death investigation; she is also said to be the inspiration for the character of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. Ttonight's illustrated lecture will tell the fascinating story of Frances Glessner Lee and her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Later, on Saturday, March 29th, join Morbid Anatomy for a special field trip to Baltimore featuring a tour of The Nutshells and the forensic facilities by Mr. Goldfarb. Visits to additional "Charm City" highlights will be organized with the help of our guide, rogue taxidermist and "angelic boyfriend" Robert Marbury."
More info here.
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Bunny Taxidermy/ Jackalope Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, March 2
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $275
***Tickets must be pre-purchased here
Location: 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) 
This class will introduce students to the process and techniques behind more advanced basic small mammal taxidermy. Students will learn how to skin, prep, preserve, mount, and position the animal. Attention will be focused on how to properly split, turn, and position rabbit ears. Basic armatures will be used and custom made forms (made by me) will be provided. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.
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Melanistic Pheasant Taxidermy Class-Intermediate level class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 1 pm - 5pm
Admission: $435
SOLD OUT; email morbidanatomylibrary [at] gmail.com to be put on wait list
Location: Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space), 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY
Limited class size of 3 people

In this exclusive intermediate level workshop, we learn about the melanistic pheasant and classic bird taxidermy. These large, beautiful birds are a mutation of the common pheasant, first observed in the 1800s, and bred as a mutation in the 1920's/30's. Known for their unique coloration, exquisitely patterned feathers and iridescent green/black/purple plumage, these are very special birds!

More info here.
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The Ancient Egyptian End of the World and the Mythology of Beer, Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
brooklyn-brewery-logo-gold With free beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery
Date: Thursday, March 13
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $12
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)
Join us for a post-St. Patrick day’s celebration of one of the world’s oldest and most beloved drinks – Beer! Ava Forte Vitali, from our Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series, will give us a quick glimpse into a few of the gods, goddesses, myths and ancient festivals associated with the drink, paying close attention to the Ancient Egyptian Legend of the End of the World, celebrated March 12. Then stay and mingle with other like-minded enthusiasts and enjoy a few bottles on us, provided by Brooklyn Brewery!

More here.
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Bat in Glass Dome Workshop With Wilder Duncan (formerly of Evolution Store, Soho) and Laetitia Barbier, head librarian at The Morbid Anatomy Library
Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Admission: $200
*** Tickets must be pre-purchased here
Location: Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space), 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215. Brooklyn, NY

In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A bat skeleton, a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10” tall glass dome. This piece can, in conjunction with the other creations in the DIY Wunderkammer workshop series, act as the beginning of a genuine collection of curiosities!

More here.
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Forensic Entomology and Bed Bugs: Illustrated Lecture and Live Show and Tell with Louis Sorkin, Entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Tuesday, March 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)
Tonight's lecture will cover the basics of forensic entomology with a focus on bed bugs to explain the use of insects in the estimate of the postmortem interval and/or the beginning of insect invasion. Lou will explain the three forensic entomology disciplines, and also talk about bed bugs, the insect that no one really wants to be associated with, yet are unfortunately closely associated with human beings, their common host. Bed bug biology and behavior as well as feeding strategies will be covered, and live--and safely enclosed!--bedbugs will be on view .

More here.
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The Uranian Phalanstery: A Utopian Artistic Community and Bizarre Museum of Material CultureIllustrated lecture with Photographer Ves Pitts
Date: Tuesday, March 18
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)
The Uranian Phalanstery is an utopian artist's community based in New York City. It is also something of a bizarre museum, displaying layer upon layer of abject, religious, mundane and seemingly contradictory material culture in startlingly idiosyncratic ways. Established by husband and wife Richard Tyler and Dorothea Baer after meeting at The Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s, The Phalanstery calls for its members to follow ”Creativity in Practice of the Path” while compiling a life work in art. Its form--built around the idea of a small, common living community--was inspired by the utopian ideas of Philosopher Charles Fourier (1772 – 1837). Over its thirty years of operation, The Phalanstery has cultivated such artists and thinkers as Monroe Wheeler, Timothy Leary and Clause Oldenburg. Tonight, Pitts will share the fascinating story of his time at The Uranian Phalanstery illustrated by his own haunting photographs.

More here.
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Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $300
Must Pre-Purchase Tickets Here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY

This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy processes. Each student will be provided with his or her own squirrel, which they will skin, flesh, split, and prep for mounting. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students are encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.
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The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt: Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: NEW DATE Thursday, March 27
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Part of the Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)

When one considers Death and the Occult in the Ancient World, often the first culture that comes to mind is that of the Ancient Egyptians. Known for their elaborate tombs, complicated religious texts, and captivating mummies, the Ancient Egyptian fascination with death has captivated public interest for centuries. This inaugural lecture in our new monthly series will introduce the mortuary beliefs, traditions, and archaeology of the Ancient Egyptians and examine whether or not they were as morbidly focused as they have traditionally been portrayed to be.

More info here.
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Morbid Anatomy Baltimore Field-Trip Featuring The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
Date: Saturday, March 29
Cost: $100 (includes luxury ground transportation in Baltimore and all museum admissions.
Tickets can be found by clicking here
Location: Baltimore, MD
Please note: This price DOES NOT cover bus transportation between New York and Baltimore, or meals. please email morbidanatomylibrary [at] gmail.com with questions.

Today, join Morbid Anatomy for a day of wondrous frolics in “Charm City” with special tour guide--and rogue taxidermist!--Robert Marbury, whose Baltimore credentials include a star turn as Ricky Lake's "Angelic Boyfriend” in John Waters' Cry-Baby.

Stops include The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Baltimore, where assistant to the examiner Bruce Golfarb will lead us on a special tour of The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a collection of obsessively detailed miniature dioramic death scenes, hand-crafted in the 1940s and still used to train police in the methods of forensic death investigation; Scarpetta House, a full-sized furnished room donated by mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell in which death scenes are staged to train forensic investigators; the Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, where we will engage in a traditional Cognac toast. Throughout the day, our delightful guide will also share with us his favorite Baltimore sights, and regale us with stories of the secret, fascinating, bizarre and sometimes tragic history of the city known affectionately as "Mobtown.
Full info here.
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Winged Rats or Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, April 6
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $225
Must Pre-Purchase Tickets Here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY
This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy processes. Each student will be provided with his or her own squirrel, which they will skin, flesh, split, and prep for mounting. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students are encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.

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Wearable Taxidermy Workshop with Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in residence Divya AnantharamanDate: Sunday, April 13
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $120
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
**Tickets can be purchased by clicking here
Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and the modern day use of ethically obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya.

More here.
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Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Morbid Anatomy Taxidermist in Residence Divya AnanthamaranDate: Sunday, Date: April 20
Admission: $265
Time: 12-6pm
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
**Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

In this exclusive intermediate level workshop, we will learn about the wonderful diversity of pigeons and classic bird taxidermy. These are NOT New York City pigeons, but fancy heritage breeds, including Fantails and Homers. These fascinating birds were used by Charles Darwin as one of the examples in his first chapter of "On the Origins of Species," and a variety of colors will be available for students to select in class. The birds used in this class are naturally deceased show birds from one of America's leading pigeon enthusiasts-making for a very unique opportunity!

More here.
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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Art Historian and Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann; Mother's Day Special
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Admission: $75
***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
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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Full list and more information on all events can be found here. More on the Morbid Anatomy Art Academy can be found here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bodysnatching in Old New York; Selfies At Funerals; Barcelona Curious Congress and Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: Upcoming Morbid Anatomy Events

This week at Morbid Anatomy we hope you'll join us for "Hierarchies of the Dead: Bodysnatching in Old New York" with Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses (This Tuesday, Feb 18)!

Other talks in the weeks to come include "Selfies At Funerals: Postmortem Photography and Cultural Taboos" with Halli Gomberg (Thursday, Feb 20); "Death in a Nutshell: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" with Bruce Goldfarb of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland (Thursday, Feb 27); and two lectures from Ava Forte Vitali of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt" (NEW DATE: Thursday, March 27) and The Ancient Egyptian End of the World and the Mythology of Beer with free beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery (Thursday, March 13).

Away from our New York base, we also have a field trip on Saturday, March 29 to Baltimore with tour guide Robert Marbury (aka Angelic Boyfriend" in John Waters' Cry-Baby) featuring stops at The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a collection of obsessively detailed miniature dioramic death scenes, hand-crafted in the 1940s; Scarpetta House, a full-sized furnished room donated in which death scenes are staged to train forensic investigators; The Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. And, for those in Spain or environs, we hope you'll join us for a special Carnival Week Congress for Curious People in Barcelona, Spain (February 26 - March 2) dedicated to the history of Carnival and to the city of Barcelona in its age of Enlightenment, with site visits, walking tours, costume parties, and talks on the history of medicine and science.

For the artsy and craftsy among you, we also have a number of excellent classes including Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class (Sunday, Feb 23); Bunny Taxidermy/ Jackalope Class (Sunday, March 2); Melanistic Pheasant Taxidermy Class (Saturday, March 8); Bat Skeleton in Glass Dome Workshop (Sunday, March 16); Squirrel Taxidermy Class (Sunday, March 23);  and Winged Rats or Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class (Sunday, April 6th); Wearable Taxidermy Workshop (Sunday, April 13); Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class (Sunday, April 20); and The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry; Mother's Day Special (Saturday, May 10).

Hope to see you at one or more event! 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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Hierarchies of the Dead: Bodysnatching in Old New York
Illustrated lecture by Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Date: Tuesday, February 18
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
Stealing corpses for anatomical dissection was a way of life for New York’s earliest medical schools. It was even the spark that led to the nation’s first riot, in 1788. But who were the earliest bodysnatchers, how did they operate, and whose graves were they plundering? In this illustrated lecture, Rest in Pieces author Bess Lovejoy will discuss this forgotten chapter of New York’s medical history, with some stops in points South. She’ll also cover some archeological research on the victims of the bodysnatchers, and how they have been remembered in the New York of today.

More info here.
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Selfies At Funerals: Postmortem Photography and Cultural Taboos: An Illustrated Lecture By Halli Gomberg
Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)

Is the phenomenon of “Selfies At Funerals” a new manifestation of social media narcissism, or the last in a long line of older post mortem cultural practices? This talk will explore the complex attitudes towards death and photography over the course of American history, fom its precursors in painted deathbed portraiture, through Victorian postmortem and medical school dissection photographs and into newly emerging technologies. We will examine how society deals with our private and public mourning rituals, and why postmortem remembrance imagery can still be a cultural taboo.

More info here.

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Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Sunday, February 23
Time: 12:00pm - 5pm
Admission: $110
SOLD OUT; email morbidanatomylibrary [at] gmail.com to be put on wait list

Location: Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space), 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue ), 11215 Brooklyn, NY

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.

More info here.
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Carnival Week Congress for Curious People in Barcelona, Spain
Dates: February 26 - March 2
Admission: Varies; see website for more info

This year, the Congress for Curious People will travel to Barcelona to help celebrate Carnival Week with a week-long cultural festival highlighting the unusual side of Barcelona. For a single, action-packed week, we will satisfy your curiosity through special activities, cultural itineraries, conferences and exclusive dinners and parties. The Congress is dedicated to the history of Carnival and to the city of Barcelona in its age of Enlightenment after 1714, and will take the form of special visits and walking tours, decadent parties, and talks on the history of medicine and science between the XV and XVIII centuries.

More here.

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Death in a Nutshell: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: Illustrated lecture with Bruce Goldfarb, executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland
Date: Thursday, February 27
Time: 8:00
Admission: $8
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)


The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is an extraordinary collection of miniature dioramic death scenes, hand-crafted in the 1940s in obsessive detail by Frances Glessner Lee. They were -- and still are -- used to train police in the methods of forensic death investigation. Lee, a wealthy socialite with no formal education who in middle age was commissioned by the New Hampshire State Police, is considered the mother of modern, scientific death investigation; she is also said to be the inspiration for the character of Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. Ttonight's illustrated lecture will tell the fascinating story of Frances Glessner Lee and her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Later, on Saturday, March 29th, join Morbid Anatomy for a special field trip to Baltimore featuring a tour of The Nutshells and the forensic facilities by Mr. Goldfarb. Visits to additional "Charm City" highlights will be organized with the help of our guide, rogue taxidermist and "angelic boyfriend" Robert Marbury."
More info here.
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Bunny Taxidermy/ Jackalope Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, March 2
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $275
***Tickets must be pre-purchased here
Location: 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) 
This class will introduce students to the process and techniques behind more advanced basic small mammal taxidermy. Students will learn how to skin, prep, preserve, mount, and position the animal. Attention will be focused on how to properly split, turn, and position rabbit ears. Basic armatures will be used and custom made forms (made by me) will be provided. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.
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Melanistic Pheasant Taxidermy Class-Intermediate level class with Divya Anantharaman
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 1 pm - 5pm
Admission: $435
SOLD OUT; email morbidanatomylibrary [at] gmail.com to be put on wait list
Location: Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space), 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY
Limited class size of 3 people

In this exclusive intermediate level workshop, we learn about the melanistic pheasant and classic bird taxidermy. These large, beautiful birds are a mutation of the common pheasant, first observed in the 1800s, and bred as a mutation in the 1920's/30's. Known for their unique coloration, exquisitely patterned feathers and iridescent green/black/purple plumage, these are very special birds!

More info here.
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The Ancient Egyptian End of the World and the Mythology of Beer, Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
brooklyn-brewery-logo-gold With free beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery
Date: Thursday, March 13
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $12
Part of the Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series
Join us for a post-St. Patrick day’s celebration of one of the world’s oldest and most beloved drinks – Beer! Ava Forte Vitali, from our Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series, will give us a quick glimpse into a few of the gods, goddesses, myths and ancient festivals associated with the drink, paying close attention to the Ancient Egyptian Legend of the End of the World, celebrated March 12. Then stay and mingle with other like-minded enthusiasts and enjoy a few bottles on us, provided by Brooklyn Brewery!

More here.
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Bat in Glass Dome Workshop With Wilder Duncan (formerly of Evolution Store, Soho) and Laetitia Barbier, head librarian at The Morbid Anatomy Library
Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Admission: $200
*** Tickets must be pre-purchased here
Location: Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space), 424 A 3rd Avenue ( Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215. Brooklyn, NY

In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A bat skeleton, a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10” tall glass dome. This piece can, in conjunction with the other creations in the DIY Wunderkammer workshop series, act as the beginning of a genuine collection of curiosities!

More here.
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Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $300
Must Pre-Purchase Tickets Here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY

This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy processes. Each student will be provided with his or her own squirrel, which they will skin, flesh, split, and prep for mounting. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students are encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.
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The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt: Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: NEW DATE Thursday, March 27
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $8
Part of the Death and The Occult in the Ancient World Series
Location: Observatory (543 Union Street at Nevin, Brooklyn; enter via Proteus Gowanus Gallery)

When one considers Death and the Occult in the Ancient World, often the first culture that comes to mind is that of the Ancient Egyptians. Known for their elaborate tombs, complicated religious texts, and captivating mummies, the Ancient Egyptian fascination with death has captivated public interest for centuries. This inaugural lecture in our new monthly series will introduce the mortuary beliefs, traditions, and archaeology of the Ancient Egyptians and examine whether or not they were as morbidly focused as they have traditionally been portrayed to be.

More info here.
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Morbid Anatomy Baltimore Field-Trip Featuring The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
Date: Saturday, March 29
Cost: $100 (includes luxury ground transportation in Baltimore and all museum admissions.
Tickets can be found by clicking here
Location: Baltimore, MD
Please note: This price DOES NOT cover bus transportation between New York and Baltimore, or meals. please email morbidanatomylibrary [at] gmail.com with questions.

Today, join Morbid Anatomy for a day of wondrous frolics in “Charm City” with special tour guide--and rogue taxidermist!--Robert Marbury, whose Baltimore credentials include a star turn as Ricky Lake's "Angelic Boyfriend” in John Waters' Cry-Baby.

Stops include The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Baltimore, where assistant to the examiner Bruce Golfarb will lead us on a special tour of The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a collection of obsessively detailed miniature dioramic death scenes, hand-crafted in the 1940s and still used to train police in the methods of forensic death investigation; Scarpetta House, a full-sized furnished room donated by mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell in which death scenes are staged to train forensic investigators; the Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, where we will engage in a traditional Cognac toast. Throughout the day, our delightful guide will also share with us his favorite Baltimore sights, and regale us with stories of the secret, fascinating, bizarre and sometimes tragic history of the city known affectionately as "Mobtown.
Full info here.
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Winged Rats or Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Rogue Taxidermist Katie Innamorato
Date: Sunday, April 6
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $225
Must Pre-Purchase Tickets Here
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424 A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn , NY
This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy processes. Each student will be provided with his or her own squirrel, which they will skin, flesh, split, and prep for mounting. Students will learn how to make a custom body for their specimens using an old traditional taxidermy technique of wrapping a body. Using the carcass for reference, students will learn how to build up and craft the bodies. Students are encouraged to bring in any props they may want to dress the animal up in. I will provide all specimens, materials, and tools for the class. Each student will leave with his or her own finished mount.

More here.

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Wearable Taxidermy Workshop with Morbid Anatomy Museum Taxidermist in residence Divya AnantharamanDate: Sunday, April 13
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Admission: $120
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
**Tickets can be purchased by clicking here
Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and the modern day use of ethically obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya.

More here.
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Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Morbid Anatomy Taxidermist in Residence Divya AnanthamaranDate: Sunday, Date: April 20
Admission: $265
Time: 12-6pm
*** Offsite: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Space) , 424A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue), 11215 Brooklyn, NY
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
**Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

In this exclusive intermediate level workshop, we will learn about the wonderful diversity of pigeons and classic bird taxidermy. These are NOT New York City pigeons, but fancy heritage breeds, including Fantails and Homers. These fascinating birds were used by Charles Darwin as one of the examples in his first chapter of "On the Origins of Species," and a variety of colors will be available for students to select in class. The birds used in this class are naturally deceased show birds from one of America's leading pigeon enthusiasts-making for a very unique opportunity!

More here.
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The Victorian Art of Hair Jewelry : Workshop with Art Historian and Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann; Mother's Day Special
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Admission: $75
***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
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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Full list and more information on all events can be found here. More on the Morbid Anatomy Art Academy can be found here.

Image: A drawing of two graverobbers stealing the corpse of a woman, with Death (in the form of a skeleton) watching over and holding their lantern, by Thomas Rowlandson, unsigned, probably 1775. Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, London.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Machina del Mondo," Etching with Hand-Coloring, 1675-1710

 
"Machina del Mondo, ogn'un cerca di star sopra il compagno;" etching with hand-coloring, 1675-1710

Described on the British Museum website thusly: "A pyramid of ten persons climbing on top of each other, the poor at the bottom, the king at the top; Death appears to take them all."

Found via BibliOdyssey; more here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Hope to See You at "Privately Published: A Descent Into Early 20th Century Mail Order Erotica": Our Very Special Valentine’s Day Event with Cocktails by Friese Undine!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all from Morbid Anatomy, and hope to see you tonight at Colin Dickey's illustrated talk "Privately Published: A Descent Into Early 20th Century Mail Order Erotica" with artisinal cocktails by Friese Undine!

Full information about the event can be found here.

Thanks to Friese Undine for finding this wonderful image!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER: The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt: Illustrated lecture with Ava Forte Vitali, TONIGHT, Thursday February 13

Apologies, but the talk scheduled for tonight--Thursday, Feb 13, "The ‘After’ Life: Death in Ancient Egypt" with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Ava Forte Vitali--has been postponed due to dire weather predictions.

Our sincere apologies, and stay tuned for a new date!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“Folly and Death," Magic Lantern or Phantasmagoria Slide?

“Folly and Death,” from the Joel Rubin collection of Kliegl slides, Theatre Research Institute; magic lantern or Phantasmagoria slide?

Via Ohio State University Libraries. More here.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Congress for Curious People in Barcelona, Spain for Carnival Week! February 26 - March 2, 2014!

This year, Morbid Anatomy is delighted to be co-presenting--along with Aaron Beebe, Via Barcelona and Kriminal Kabarett--a special Barcelona, Spain-based Congress for Curious People! Scheduled to coincide with Carnival (February 26 - March 2), this week-long cultural festival is dedicated to the history of Carnival and to enlightenment-era Barcelona in general. It will highlight the unusual and hidden sides of Barcelona via special walking tours, conferences, dinners, decadent costume parties, and more.

A list of events follow; for full details on all, click here. All events will be in Spanish with English translation. Hope very much to see you there!

Also: if any of you out there have must-see suggestions for Madrid or Barcelona, I would love to hear them! Just shoot me an email at morbidanatomy [at] gmail.com.

Barcelona, Spain Congress for Curious People
Dates: February 26 - March 2
Admission: Varies; see website for more info

Tickets can be purchased by emailing curiouscongressbcn@gmail.com or calling 34677360980
Presented by
** All programs in Spanish with English Translation

This year, the Congress for Curious People will travel to Barcelona to help celebrate Carnival Week with a week-long cultural festival highlighting the unusual side of Barcelona. For a single, action-packed week, we will satisfy your curiosity through special activities, cultural itineraries, conferences and exclusive dinners and parties. The Congress is dedicated to the history of Carnival and to the city of Barcelona in its age of Enlightenment after 1714, and will take the form of special visits and walking tours, decadent parties, and talks on the history of medicine and science between the XV and XVIII centuries. 

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 26
Medicine and Science in Old Barcelona
A guided tour of The “Royal College of Surgeons,” which will open the doors of the sumptuous anatomical amphitheater, one of the best preserved in the world with lectures and discussions about natural history and sciences, medicine and Barcelona curiosities. More here. 

Thursday, February 27
Bunkers and Mansions: Secrets of Tibidado Avenue Walking Tour
An unusual tour through the splendour and the decadence of the bourgeois Barcelona in the former village of “Sant Gervasi.” The itinerary will follow the path of aristocratic and orientalist residences with enigmatic stories, featuring the luxurious mansions in the “Golden Twenties” to the lights and shadows of the Second Spanish Republic and the Civil War as well as a visit to the palace which hosted the Soviet embassy in 1936 and its impressive bunker, shelter for one of the most famous spies in the XX century. More here.

Friday, February 28
The Unusual Side of Gracia Walking Tour
A walking tour of "Gràcia”, an independent village until 1897, is well known today for being one of the biggest cultural centers in Barcelona, with dynamic societies and one of the most emblematic festivals in our country. Here, you to discover its history and above all, the most surprising curiosities in the district. Topics will include the legends in “plaça de la Virreina” and the “Devil’s House”, the clocks of Gracia, revolutions and freemasonry and the circle of spiritist women in the late XIX century. The tour will include a visit inside the private garden of fabulous fairy tale palace: “Casa Vicens”, designed by Gaudí. More here. 

Friday, February 28
Noir Masquerade
Tonight will celebrate our "Noir Masquerade" inside theAtelier de la Muerte Negra-- a private death museum in the heart of "Gràcia". This is the masterpiece of Otilio Salazar, a fashion designer and artist who paid a tribute to the anthropology of death in ancient cultures (Egypt, Rome, medieval Europe, Japan...) More here. 

Saturday, March 1
The Masonic Barcelona and the Athenaeum Minerva Walking Tour
This is a walking tour about the history of freemasonry and its privileged relationship with Barcelona. It will include stops at "Parc de la Ciutadella," not far from the “Arús Public Library,”a former lodge and a sanctuary for XIX century knowledge. We will continue with a fascinating tour exploring masonic urbanism and the “Congress of Spiritism” during the Universal Exhibition in 1888, the hermetic gates in the monastery of Saint Agustine, the Napoleonic invasion and freemasonry, XVIII century esoterism and the visit of count Cagliostro, and the secrets of the Templar Knights in the medieval royal palace. Specially for us, the members of the “Simbolic Lodge of Spain” will open their lodge, the "Athenaeum Minerva", in the heart of the medieval city. An exceptional oportunity to discover an institution which has been an enormous influence for arts, science, architecture and philosophy. More here.

Saturday, March 1
Surrealist Dinner
Kriminal Kabarett presents its first SURREALIST DINNER , an evening of Carnival in the mythical "Taxidermist" in Plaza Real, now occupied by the Mariscco restaurant. This is dedicated to the taxidermist as one of the favorite places of Salvador Dali in Barcelona, and whose fascination for good food eventually led him to publish in 1973 a book of culinary arts, "Les diners de Gala". This dinner will  join two passions of this Genius: gastronomy and the animal kingdom, to recall the surrealist dinners for which he was famous during his stays in Paris and New York. The menu will be inspired by Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine: opening tapas and then seafood. Water, wine and dessert are included. Gin provided by Hendricks. More here. 

Sunday, March 2
Libertine Barcelona- Erotic Tour from the XVIII Century
This is a walking tour of Rococo Barcelona, a city in the Age of Enlightement after the dramatic episodes of 1714. The count of Peralada and Diana, his courtesan, will guide you through the erotic adventures of Giacomo Casanova when he visited our city in 1768, the masked balls organized by the governor, the mysteries of Count Cagliostro, the erudite circle in “Palau Dalmases” and the libertine general Lecchi under Napoleonic rule. A theatralised and sexy tour for Carnival, performed by the artist Lady Bon Bon and sponsored by Isabel Capdevila from “aDa Art Gallery”, who created precious costumes. The tour will finish in the "Palace Gomis", a XVIII century building near Picasso Museum. Inside its spectacular ballroom, we will celebrate a conference about sex and pornography in the XIX century Spain (by Albert Domenech, writer in the bibliophile blog "Piscolabis Librorum"). More here.