Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Anatomy of Hysteria" Lecture Series with "Medical Muses" Author Asti Hustvedt! Collector's Cabinet Exhibition! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy





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

First off, we are extremely excited to be launching our three-part lecture series devoted to the fascinating 19th century phenomenon of hysteria with Asti Hustvedt, author of the excellent book Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris this Wednesday night!

In the book, Hustvedt uses the stories of three of the great divas of the Salpêtrière to examine the history of Dr. Charcot and his famous clinic. Her examination of the taxonomically-troubling overlaps at the core of the disease--science and art, mind and body, clinic and carnival, miracles and medicine, mind and the body--beautifully frames the central paradox of hysteria, its simultaneous realness and imaginariness, so baffling to, as she puts it, an "era without demons and before Freud's unconscious."

In the book, Hustvedt uses the stories of three of the great divas of the Salpêtrière to examine the history of Charcot and his famous clinic. Her examination of the taxonomically-troubling overlaps at the core of the disease--science and art, mind and body, clinic and carnival, miracles and medicine, mind and the body--beautifully frame the central paradox of hysteria, its simultaneous realness and imaginariness, so baffling to, as she puts it, an "era without demons and before Freud's unconscious."

Her "Anatomy of Hysteria" lecture series will cover the same territory as her book over the course of three illustrated lectures: Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen (This Wednesday, January 28th; tickets and more here); The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria (Wednesday, February 4th; tickets and more here); and Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints (Wednesday, February 11; tickets and more here). Each lecture is $8, but you can purchase a ticket to all three--which we highly recommend! for only $20.

We would also like to thank all those who attended our epic opening party for our new Collector's Cabinet exhibition last Friday night! On view through March 29, this will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects hidden in private collections, with captions written by the collectors themselves. The show features such curiosities as eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's two-faced kitten; an enormous 16th century painting depicting a witches' gathering; the 5-volume Physica Sacra; Weimar erotica from the collection of Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic (don't miss his Valentine's day talk and screening!); 19th century danse macabre figurines; a real human tattoo in a jar; two immense anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation prepared by Ryan Cohn (Oddities); and much. much more.
 
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!

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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS 
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here


IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Creating the Perfect Hysterical Specimen: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris(The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part I)
    Wednesday, January 28th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here  
  • The Photographic Iconography of Hysteria: Illustrated lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    (The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris  Part II)
    Wednesday, February 4th, 8pm, $8 ($20 for the 3 Lectures on Hysteria), Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints: Illustrated Lecture with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris
    (The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations and Coercions in 19th Century Paris Part III)
    Wednesday, February 11th, 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

HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
    • 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
    • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman 
      Sunday, April 19th, 12pm - 6pm, $110.00 (one-headed) / $125.00 (two-headed), Tickets and info here

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