Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Collector's Cabinet! Black Gold Cafe at The Museum! Madness and Photography in the 19th Century! Morbid Anatomy News and Events



We have much exciting news and many new events to announce this week at Morbid Anatomy!

Our new exhibition, Collector's Cabinet, is now open and will be on view through March 29! This will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects (a very few of which you see above) from private collections. The show is also an exploration of that special relationship between people and things, collector and collected, viewer and encountered artifact. The text for each object is written by the collectors themselves.

A few of our favorite pieces include eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's two-faced kitten (9th image down); an enormous 16th century painting depicting a witches' gathering (second and third images down; prints available here and here); Weimar erotic ephemera from the collection of Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic (fourth image down; don't miss his Valentine's day talk and screening on which more here!); a 19th century danse macabre figurine depicting "Death and the Abbess" from the "collector of death" Richard Harris; a real human tattoo in a jar (fifth image down); two immense anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux once on view at the infamous Cress Funeral Home (detail in bottom image); an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation prepared by Ryan Cohn of TV's Oddities (6th image down); and much, much more. To read more about the exhibition, click here. To see a full gallery of images, click here.
In other news, we are delighted to announce that our good friends
Black Gold will be opening a second location at the Morbid Anatomy Museum this Saturday, February 7th! So come by for snacks, drinks (including espresso drinks) and a variety of new and used records. 

We also have lots of great events coming up this week and beyond. First up, you also won't want to miss our double featured devoted to madness and photography in the 19th century this week. It launches with "Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond" with Dr. Sharrona Pearl on Tuesday, February 3rd (tickets here) and ends with "The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria," part two of a series devoted to 19th century hysteria with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. That will take place this Wednesday, February 4th (tickets here). Also, the new date for our postponed History of Serial Murder from One Million, B.C. to the Present with Harold Schechter will be Tuesday, May 5th; Tickets (and more info) here.

Following is a full list of upcoming events. 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.




IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 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 Photographic Iconography of Hysteria, Part II of The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris: 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




NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • YOLO, or The Sting of Death and the Value of Life: An Illustrated Lecture by Ian Olasov, Brooklyn College
    Thursday, February 26th, 8pm, $8
    , Tickets and info here
  • Cute and Creepy: A History of the Grotesque in Art: Illustrated lecture with Art Critic and Author Nancy Hightower
    Thursday, March 5th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info here
  • Experimenting with Death: An Introduction to the Terror Management Theory of Human Behavior: An Illustrated Lecture with Social Psychologist Michael Johns
    Wednesday, March 18th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info here
  • Medical History Theater 3000: Historical Medical Screening and Presentation with Michael Sappol, Historian, History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine
    Friday, April 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info here


HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 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 Photographic Iconography of Hysteria, Part II of The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris: 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
  • Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints, Part III of The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris: 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
  • YOLO, or The Sting of Death and the Value of Life: An Illustrated Lecture by Ian Olasov, Brooklyn College
    Thursday, February 26th, 8pm, $8
    , Tickets and 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
  • Cute and Creepy: A History of the Grotesque in Art: Illustrated lecture with Art Critic and Author Nancy Hightower Thursday, March 5th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and info here
  • Experimenting with Death: An Introduction to the Terror Management Theory of Human Behavior: An Illustrated Lecture with Social Psychologist Michael Johns
    Wednesday, March 18th, 8pm, $8, Tickets and 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
  • Medical History Theater 3000: Historical Medical Film Screening and Presentation with Michael Sappol, Historian, History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine
    Friday, April 3rd, 8pm, $8, Tickets and 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
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
    Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here

Images:
  1. Installation view, Collector's Cabinet
  2. Installation view, Collector's Cabinet 
  3. The Cat Dance; Detail of 16th century oil on panel painting by a follower of Jan Mandijn, "The Witches’ Cove," Jennifer Butkevich Collection (buy a print here or here!)
  4. Wintergarten Playbill, July 1932. From a collection of erotic ephemera from Weimar Germany, early 20th century, from the collection of Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic.
  5. "Death and the Abbess, from Danse Macabre, of “Dance of Death” Figurines, Terracotta, German, mid-19th century, From the Richard Harris Art Collection
  6. “Beauchene” or “exploded” skeleton prepared and mounted by Ryan Matthew Cohn; from the collection of) Ryan Mathew Cohn, TV's "Oddities." Photo: Courtesy of Sergio Royzen.
  7. Gambols with the Ghosts, 1901, From the collection of Brandon Hodge; purportedly a secret catalog selling gaffed séance apparatus for fraudulent mediums. Photo courtesy of Brandon Hodge, Mysterious Planchette
  8. "Pestina," U.S. Department of Agriculture, San Francisco, Circa 1966. From the collection of Catherine Crawford.
  9. Two-headed kitten in a Belljar, 19th Century. Prepared by legendary Victorian anthropomorphic taxidermist Walter Potter, England; From the collection of Carol Holzner. Photo courtesy of Chris Bradley.
  10. Mummified seven-legged, two-bodied piglet. From the collection of tattoo artist and collector Tim Kern.
  11. Early 19th century sacred heart themed holy card, from the collection of Peter N. Névramount. Photo courtesy of Peter N. Névramount.
  12. Enigmatic Stage Photo, Circa 1920; From the collection of Dr. Robert Lerch.
  13. Rustic Folk Art Odd Fellows Mnemonic Traveling Case; From the collection of David Wolin, Invisible Gallery
  14. Neck Tattoo in Jar, c. 1990s, From the Collection of Daniel and Sommer Santoro, Black Gold
  15. The Woodland Fairground (Detail), 20th Century animated anthropomorphic taxidermy tableau, Once displayed at Cress Funeral Home, Madison, Wisconsin; Once displayed at Cress Funeral Home, Madison, Wisconsin; From the collection of Mike Zohn, Obscura Antiques and TV's "Oddities."

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