Monday, January 12, 2015

Walter Potter Two-Faced Kitten in First US Engagement! Collector's Cabinet Preview Party! Mourning Closing Party! This Week and Beyond at Morbid Anatomy

Image: Two-faced kitten prepared by the famously eccentric 19th
century taxidermist Walter Potter; from the collection of
Carol Holzner
. Photo: Chris Bradley
We at Morbid Anatomy have lots of exciting upcoming news and events to announce! First up, we are thrilled to announce the opening party for our second exhibition, The Collector's Cabinet, on view from January 23 – March 29, 2015. This exhibition--the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects in private collections--will feature astonishing artifacts such as eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's unforgettable two-faced kitten seen above (never before exhibited in the US, from the collection of Carol Holzner); an anthropomorphic taxidermy squirrel bar scene from the infamous Cress Funeral home; (Mike Zohn, Obscura Antiques and TV's Oddities); an exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeleton prepared by Ryan Cohn (TV's Oddities);" Original Weimar erotica belonging to Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic; early plastic lamp finials from the collection of artist Mark Dion; and much, much more!  

For our preview party--Friday, January 23rd--the Museum will come alive with a host of collectors demonstrating and sharing their incredible pieces. Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy founder, co-author of Walther Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy) will introduce us to Walter Potter's 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 treat us to a rare display of the phenomenal 18th century 5-volume set of the Physica Sacra, an important and lavish text that links natural history, philosophy and mysticism. Mike Zohn (Obscura Antiques, Oddities) will share the fascinating history of his anthropomorphic squirrel bar scene, once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; Ryan Cohn (Oddities) will demonstrate the inner workings of his very own exploded (or "Beauchene") human skeletal preparation; Filmmaker-in-residence Ronni Thomas will share his collection of 19th century stereoscopic Diableries; and Invisible Gallery's David Wolin will demnstate his charmingly homespun Oddfellows suitcase. 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. Hope very much to see you there!
 
In other news, our inaugural exhibition, The Art of Mourning, will be closing this Friday, January 16th; if you've not yet been out to see it, you might want to consider attending our mourning-themed closing party, which will feature a final tour of the exhibition by co-curators Evan Michelson and Joanna Ebenstein; music by DJ in residence Friese Undine; traditional mourning foods by Rachel Ridout and wax sealed traditional mourning biscuits by funeral director Amy Cunningham; mourning film clips curated by David Cory and Meg Moseley; as well as complimentary drinks and snacks. Many of the collectors will be on hand to answer your questions, the museum will be free and open for the duration, and guests are encouraged to come in their own take on mourning attire. You can find out more--and buy tickets--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!

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NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • 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
  • Morbid Curiosity : A Morbid Anatomy Single's Night One Year Anniversary Party!
    Tuesday, February 10th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Insect Shadowbox Workshop: Valentine Day's Special with Daisy Tainton
    Saturday, February 14th, 1 – 4pm, $75, 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
  • 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


DIRECTLY UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Death Becomes Her: Fashionable Mourning from 1815 to 1915: Illustrated lecture with with Jessica Glasscock, Research Associate for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Death Becomes Her" Exhibition
    Wednesday, January 14, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here 
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge" Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, January 15th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Art of Mourning Closing Party, Curator’s Tour, and Museum Late Night 
    Friday, January 16th, 7 – 11 PM, $25/$15 member, Tickets (and more info)
    here
  • Guided tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “Death becomes Her”: A Guided Tour with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann 
    Saturday, January 17th, 11am, $25, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12 – 6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • 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
     



HANDY LIST OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Death Becomes Her: Fashionable Mourning from 1815 to 1915: Illustrated lecture with with Jessica Glasscock, Research Associate for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Death Becomes Her" Exhibition
    Wednesday, January 14, 8:00 PM, $8, Tickets (and more info) 
    here 
  • The Ballad of Ruby Ridge" Screening and discussion with journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson; Night 4 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, January 15th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Art of Mourning Closing Party, Curator’s Tour, and Museum Late Night  
    Friday, January 16th, 7 – 11 PM, $25/$15 member, Tickets (and more info) 
    here
  • Guided tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “Death becomes Her” a Guided Tour with Scholar in Residence Karen Bachmann 
    Saturday, January 17th, 11am, $25, Tickets (and more info) here
  • Anthropomorphic Rabbit Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 17th, 12 – 6pm, $300, Tickets (and more info) here 
  • 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 Ronson, author of ThePsychopath Test; Night 5 of “The Jon Ronson Adventures”
    Thursday, February 12th, 8pm, $15, Tickets (and more info) 
    here 
  • "Origins: 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 
  • 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
  • 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
Image: Two-faced kitten prepared by the famously eccentric 19th century taxidermist Walter Potter; from the collection of Carol Holzner. Photo: Chris Bradley

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