Sunday, January 18, 2015

Collector's Cabinet Exhibition and Preview Party! The Anatomy of Hysteria! Svengali (1931) 16mm Screening with Victrola! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy



We have exciting news and many new events to announce!

Fist, please note that the exhibition space will be closed through Saturday January 24th as we install our next exhibition The Collector's Cabinet. This exhibition--on view through March 29, 2015--will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects hidden in private collections, with captions written by the collectors themselves.
Our first iteration will feature a dozens of astounding, rarely scene curiosities drawn from the holdings of nearly thirty private collectors. Just a few of the artifacts you will see: a two-faced kitten prepared by eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter (top image); an enormous 16th century painting depicting a witches' gathering (second image down); The 5-volume Physica Sacra (third image down), a lavishly illustrated 18th century extravaganza of art, science, mysticism, and all worldly knowledge; sacred heart devotional artifacts; Weimar erotica; 19th century spirit photos; 19th century danse macabre figures; a human tattoo in a jar; and much, much more! To find out more, click here.
The exhibit will launch this Friday, January 23rd with a special preview party in which many collectors will be on hand to introduce and activate their incredible pieces. Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy founder, co-author of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy) will introduce us to Carol Holzner and her Walter Potter two-faced kitten. Evan Michelson (Obscura Antiques, Oddities) will share the surprising and inspiring tale of Georges’s prosthetic arms. Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Board Chair) will page through her phenomenal Physica Sacra. Mike Zohn (Obscura Antiques, Oddities) will share the fascinating history of his anthropomorphic squirrel fairground scene once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; Ryan Cohn (Oddities) will demonstrate the inner workings of an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation. There will also be wine and cheese, music by DJ in residence Friese Undine, and a slideshow of photos by Joanna Ebenstein of extraordinary private collections from around the world. More info--and tickets--can be found here.
 

We also have scores of other wonderful upcoming events, a full list of which follows. We very much hope to see you at one or more!
If you like what we do, please consider becoming a member (with all that entails) by clicking here, or making a tax deductible donations via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council here.

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Winged Rats and Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
    Sunday, February 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Mammal Heads Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato.
    Sunday, March 22nd,12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman.
    Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here

IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Shrouds Then and Now: An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments. An Illustrated Lecture by Amy Cunningham 
    Monday, January 19, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Miniatures, Models, and Magic in Ancient Egypt An Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vitali 
    Thursday, January 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • 2-Faced Kittens and Exploded Human Skeletons: The Morbid Anatomy Collector's Cabinet Preview Party: Exclusive preview and wine and cheese reception with collectors and curators demonstrating and sharing their pieces 
    Friday, January 23, 8PM, $40/$25 Members, Tickets (and more info) here

HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVNETS
  • Shrouds Then and Now: An Affectionate History of Winding Sheets and Burial Garments. An Illustrated Lecture by Amy Cunningham 
    Monday, January 19, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Miniatures, Models, and Magic in Ancient Egypt An Illustrated Lecture with Ava Forte Vitali Thursday, January 22nd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • 2-Faced Kittens and Exploded Human Skeletons: The Morbid Anatomy Collector's Cabinet Preview Party: Exclusive preview and wine and cheese reception with collectors and curators demonstrating and sharing their pieces Friday, January 23, 8PM, $40/$25 Members, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here  
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class: Night Time Edition
    Thursday, January 29th, 7pm-10.30pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets (and more info)
     here
  • Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond: An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Sharrona Pearl, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
    Tuesday, February 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II: The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) here
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, February 7th, 11am - 6pm, $150 and includes admission to the Art of Mourning, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Chipmunk Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 8th, 12-6pm, $185, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Morbid Curiosity : A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night One Year Anniversary Party!
    Tuesday, February 10th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part III: Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    Wednesday, February 11th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Tottenham Ayatollah: Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronsonauthor of ThePsychopath TestNight 5 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures” 
    Thursday, February 12th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) 
    here 
  • Friday the 13th : A Celebration of Superstitions Web Series Screening, Lecture and Launch Party with Morbid Anatomy Film-maker in Residence Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America
    Friday, February 13th, 8pm, $13, Tickets (and more info) 
    here ($20 for Double Feature with Love Cults Valentine's Day Lecture, February 14)
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop: Valentine Day's Special with Daisy Tainton
    Saturday, February 14th, 1 – 4pm, $75, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Love Cults, Drugs and the Hypnotic Arts: A Valentine's Day Illustrated Lecture and Rare Film Screening with Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic and Grand Guiginol
    Saturday February 14th, 8pm,
     $12, Tickets (and more info) here ($20 for Double Feature with Superstition Party, February 13)
  • Fancy Chicken Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 15th, 12-6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Death Through the Microscope: La Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril An Illustrated Lecture and Screening with Science Artist Mara G. Haseltine
    Monday February 16th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Abandoned NYC: A Presentation by Urban Explorer Will Ellis
    Wednesday, February 18th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • The American Tattooed Ladies: 1840-2015: An Illustrated Lecture with Anni Irish
    Thursday, February 19th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • Boneyards: A Solo Performance by Jeffrey Stanley
    Friday February 20th, Friday February 27th, Friday March 6th, 8pm, $20, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Winged Rats and Guinea Pigs Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
    Sunday, February 22nd, 12pm - 6pm, $225, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Ethel Spector Person: Exploring the Intersection of Love, Sex, Power and Gender: An Illustrated Lecture with Jennifer McGillan, Archivist at the Augustus C. Long Library of Columbia University Medical Center
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Whimsical Taxidermy in 19th Century Design: An Illustrated Lecture and Show and Tell with John Whiteknight, author Under Glass, introduced and Moderated by Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
    Thursday, March 19th, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 21st, 12pm – 5pm, $110 one headed/$125 two headed, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Mammal Heads Taxidermy Class with Katie Innamorato. 
    Sunday, March 22nd,12pm - 6pm, $400, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman, Taxidermist in Residence
    Saturday, March 28th, 12 to 6pm, $275, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Svengali, and the Sexual Anxieties of the Anti-Semite: 16 mm Screening, with a short introduction by Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz as well as Trilby-themed cocktails and pre- and post-screening 78 records on the Victrola 
    Tuesday, April 14th, 8pm, $8, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman. 
    Saturday, April 18th, 12pm - 6pm, $300, Ticket (and more info) here
Images: 
  1. Two-faced kitten prepared by the famously eccentric 19th century taxidermist Walter Potter; from the collection of Carol Holzner. Photo: Chris Bradley
  2. The Witches' Cove, Follower of Jan Mandijn (16th Century), oil on panel; from the collection of Jennifer Butkevich
  3. Homo ex Humo ('man from the ground', or 'dust'), Johannes Jacob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra; from the collection of Tracy Hurley Martin
  4. Sacré-Coeur de Jésus, anonymous, French? 18th century, embossed metallic gold and red felt over embossed die-cut linen card, Collection of Peter N. Névraumont

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