Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween Everyone!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Death, Art and Anatomy Conference: University of Winchester, June 3-6, 2016

Call for papers just in from our friends at the University of Winchester! Abstracts due by Friday 11th December 2015! You can find out more here.
Death, Art and Anatomy Conference
University of Winchester, June 3-6, 2016

An interdisciplinary conference exploring the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together art historians, medical historians, and practising artists.

An interdisciplinary conference exploring the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together art historians, medical historians, and practising artists
The intersection between death, art and anatomy is a largely marginalised area of study, but one this conference hopes to explore.

A major strand of the conference will be addressing a core problem in medical history, that is the growing awareness of human anatomy in Britain between the medieval and early modern periods (c.1350-1560). This will be explored through the study and analysis of extant late-medieval carved cadaver sculptures which largely pre-date Vesalian knowledge of anatomy and suggest sculptors may have had an opportunity to study and recreate, emaciated (and eviscerated) human corpses.  This raises the question of what religious and ethical considerations surrounded the creation of such pieces, and how their creators may have gained access to the emaciated dead and/or dying. As such, central to the conference will be the presentation of a newly-commissioned carved cadaver sculpture inspired by historical counterparts, with reflections by the artist, world-leading anatomical sculptor, Eleanor Crook. 

Allied subjects such as medieval hospitals, visual culture and death, the inspiration of the dead in medical art, physicality and poetry, and death and medieval theology will also be explored by invited speaker.

Papers are invited that broadly address the theme of death, art and anatomy in the following areas:
  • Death and art
  • Anatomy and death
  • Anatomy and art
  • History of anatomy
  • History of death
  • Religion and anatomy
  • Religion and death
  • Medieval and early modern death beliefs and practices
Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of 200-250 words in Word. Proposals must include name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), a short bio (no more than 100 words) and an e-mail address. Proposals for panel discussions (organised by the participants) will be considered.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 11th December 2015

For enquires please contact Christina.Welch@winchester.ac.uk

It is proposed that a selection of papers will be published

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

House of Wax Opening! Death Cafe! Erotic Dissections! Dilettanti Grand Tour! A Desire for Dramaticism! American Sideshow 10th Anniversary! And More! 


We have many wonderful upcoming events at the Morbid Anatomy Museum!

Please note that the gallery space and library will be closed from October 19th to the evening of the 23rd as we install our newest exhibition, House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan's Panopticum, Berlin, 1869-1922. We hope you'll join us this Friday, October 23rd for an opening party with curator Ryan Matthew Cohh, short talks by Morbid Anatomy creative director Joanna Ebenstein and authors Rebecca Messbarger and Betsy Bradley, arcane tunes by DJ Friese Undine, and a curated selection of thematic antique film clips courtesy of David Corey.

We've got a number of exciting new events including an evening of tarot reading, astrology, palmistry, and other divinatory mediums with Darcey Leonard and her team at Tarot Society (Monday, October 26th); a new iteration of Death Cafe, a safe and relaxed space to discuss all matters of life and death, led by Brooklyn funeral director and green burial advocate Amy Cunningham (Tuesday, November 3rd); a closer look at pathology in literature from Grimm fairytales to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland with Mütter Museum curator Anna Dhody (Monday, November 9th); anda fascinating peek at anatomical atlases and the erotically charged aspects of depicting and viewing the human body in a time when medical science was subject to censorship (Thursday, November 12th).

We're thrilled to announce the Dilettanti Grand Tour, an exclusive look at the many strange and beautiful machines in the private collection of engineer and Tim Mullen at his Chelsea loft (Saturday, November 14th); the 10th anniversary celebration of American Sideshow with author Marc Hartzman (Friday, November 20th) DJ Andi Harriman reprises A Desire for Dramaticism, her popular lecture on the semiotics of 80s goth subculture (Monday, December 14th); and authors Naomi J. Williams and Robin Beth Schaer share their recent work and discuss the shipwrecks and mysterious encounters that haunt their writing (Tuesday, December 15th).

We hope you'll join us this week for Night Terrors, An Evening of reading with the Horror Writers Association (Tuesday, October 20th); an inquiry into end-of-life experiences and their role in helping us understand human consciousness(Thursday, October 22nd); and the grand opening party of our latest exhibition, House of Wax (Friday, October 23d). 
Be sure to check out Opus Hypnagogia curator Stephen Romano's newest exhibition opening October 29th at his Bushwick gallery featuring a solo exhibition of work byJel Ena, a new group exhibit titled Magica Sexualis, and an unveiling of the Limited Edition Morbid Anatomy Benefit Print Portfolio curated by artistic advisor Mark Dion.

There's still time to enter for a chance to win a spot in one of our popular anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy classes with resident taxidermist Divya Anantharaman and a complimentary Morbid Anatomy Taxidermy Kit! Entries are just $5 or 5 for $20 here.

If you our someone you know happens to be in Puebla, Mexico between October 28th and November 1st, be sure to check out Mórbidofest featuring "The Man Who Married Kittens," a short film devoted to Victorian anthropomorphic taxidermist Walter Potter created by Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas.
 
Lastly, we're pleased to announce our new Morbid Anatomy Anthology Deluxe Handmade Slipcased Limited Edition shipping mid to late November, just in time for Christmas! This special collector's edition includes a handmade letterpress booklet containing a toast written and signed by artistic advisor Mark Dion; a DVD of filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas' film "Walter Potter: The Man who Married Kittens" along with other Morbid Anatomy Presents shorts; a signed and numbered archival 5 X 7 photo print of the Palermo Catacombs by creative director Joanna Ebenstein, AND a one year membership to the Morbid Anatomy Museum. All for $150. Learn more and order your copy here.
 
List of events follows. Hope to see you at one or more!
  
 IMMEDIATELY UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • Thrills and Chills, An Evening of reading with the Horror Writers Association
    Tuesday, October 20th, 7 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on 16mm with live music by M.V. Carbon
    Wednesday, October 21st, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more into here. SOLD OUT
     
  • An Inquiry Into the End-Of-Life Experience: An Illustrated Lecture with Leigh Davis
    Thursday, October 22nd, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • House of Wax Opening Party, with curator Ryan Matthew Cohn of the Science Channel's "Oddities" & Special Guests
    Friday, October 23rd, 7 pm VIP admission $50 ($40 members) or 8:00 pm regular admission $40 ($30 members) Tickets and more info here(Use drop down menu in ticket section under date to select VIP or regular ticket)
NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENTS
  • Tarot Reading, Palmistry and Astrology with The Tarot Society
    Monday, October 26th, 6 pm to 8 pm, sliding scale. More info here
     
  • Celebrating the Esoteric Spirit in Art – Opening and Morbid Anatomy Benefit at Stephen Romano Gallery
    Thursday, October 29th, 5 pm to 9 pm **Offsite at Stephen Romano Gallery, 117 Gratan St. #112, Brooklyn NY 11237. FREE. More info here
     
  • Death Cafe with Funeral Director Amy Cunningham
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 6 pm - 8 pm, FREE. More info here
     
  • Pathology in Literature: Folklore, Fairytales, and Fantasy: An Illustrated Lecture with Mütter Museum Curator Anna Dhody
    Monday, November 9th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Erotic Dissections: Picturing Sex in Anatomy Atlases, an Illustrated Lecture with Daniel Margocsy
    Date: Thursday, November 12th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Dilettanti Grand Tour's Party at Home of Collector of Victorian Electricity Tim Mullen
    Saturday, November 14th, 8 pm to 11 pm, $100 ($75 For Morbid Anatomy Members ) ***Offsite - Tim Mullen Loft - Chelsea - NY (address disclosed by mail). Tickets and more info here
     
  • American Sideshow: 10th Anniversary Celebration with Author Marc Hartzman
    Friday, November 20th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture, An Illustrated Lecture with Andi Harriman
    Monday, December 14th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Strange Wreckage with Author Naomi J. Williams and Poet Robin Beth Schaer
    Tuesday, December 15th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
  • The Sàmi of Northern Scandinavia: An Illustrated Presentation with National Geographic Photographer Erika Larsen
    Sunday, October 25th, 8 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Tarot Reading, Palmistry and Astrology with The Tarot Society
    Monday, October 26th, 6 pm to 8 pm, sliding scale. Tickets and more info here
     
  • "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (Häxan) - Polka music! Butter Churns!! 16mm silent film screening with Victrola!!! 
    Monday, October 26th, 8 pm, $12, SOLD OUT (and more info) here.
     
  • Dilettantes: A Somewhat Professional History, An Illustrated Lecture with Sara Clugage
    Tuesday, October 27th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Living with the Dead in Early Modern England, an Illustrated Lecture with Deborah Harkness
    Wednesday, October 28th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • A History of Ectoplasm: An Illustrated Presentation by Shannon Taggart
    Thursday, October 29th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Celebrating the Esoteric Spirit in Art – Opening and Morbid Anatomy Benefit at Stephen Romano Gallery
    Thursday, October 29th, 5 pm to 9 pm **Offsite at Stephen Romano Gallery, 117 Gratan St. #112, Brooklyn NY 11237. FREE. More info here
     
  • Morbid Anatomy Children’s Halloween Party 
    Saturday, October 31st, 12 pm to 4 pm, FREE. More info here
     
  • Death Cafe with Funeral Director Amy Cunningham
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 6 pm - 8 pm, FREE. More info here
     
  • Bad Doctor: An Evening with Ian Williams, Doctor and Comic Book Artist
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 8 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Bela Lugosi in "White Zombie" screening on 16mm with White Zombie cocktails!
    Wednesday November 4th, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here
  • Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, an Illustrated Lecture with Justin Martin
    Thursday, November 5th, 8 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here
  • Medical History Theater 3000 with Mike Sappol of the National Library of Medicine
    Friday, November 6th, 2015, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Amber Maykut
    Saturday November 7th, 12 pm to 4 pm, $120. Tickets and more info here
  • Drawing in the Morbid Anatomy Library with Artist and Anatomist Emily Evans
    Monday, November 9th, 6 to 10 pm (Drop in any time after 6), $20. Space is limited to 20 people. Tickets and more info here.  SOLD OUT
     
  • Pathology in Literature: Folklore, Fairytales, and Fantasy: An Illustrated Lecture with Mütter Museum Curator Anna Dhody
    Monday, November 9th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Female Freaks: Sex, Science & Sideshow, An Illustrated Lecture with Ilise Carter
    Tuesday November 10th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here. SOLD OUT
     
  • Anatomy in Black: A Book Launch Party and Illustrated Lecture with Emily Evans
    Wednesday, November 11th, 8 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Erotic Dissections: Picturing Sex in Anatomy Atlases, an Illustrated Lecture with Daniel Margocsy
    Date: Thursday, November 12th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Valley of the Dolls Ladies' Wardrobe Screen Test (Judy Garland) / Afterparty for Judys
    Friday, November 13th, 6:30 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Saturday, November 14th, 11 am to  6 pm (with one hour lunch break), $150. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Dilettanti Grand Tour's Party at Home of Collector of Victorian Electricity Tim Mullen
    Saturday, November 14th, 8 pm to 11 pm, $100 ($75 For Morbid Anatomy Members ) ***Offsite - Tim Mullen Loft - Chelsea - NY (address disclosed by mail). Tickets and more info here
     
  • Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
    Sunday, November 15th, 1 pm to 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here
     
  • The Homunculus the Alchemy of Blood and Artificial Life (or the making, care, and education of a homunculus)
    Tuesday, November 16th, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • "Spirit of the Magpie: Hidden Keys to the Scavenger's Scrapbook" An Audiovisual Trance Journey with Stopmotion Animation and Improvised Sound
    Wednesday, November 18th, 8 pm, $12, Tickets (and more info) here.
     
  • Julia Pastrana: An Illustrated Lecture with Bess Lovejoy and Ilise Carter
    Thursday, November 19th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • American Sideshow: 10th Anniversary Celebration with Author Marc Hartzman
    Friday, November 20th, 8pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Beginners Entomology and Preparation Workshop with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, November 22nd, 12 pm to 3 pm, $80. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Portraying Death and Grief: An Illustrated Lecture with Montse Morcate
    Monday, November 23rd, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
  • Tarot Reading, Palmistry and Astrology with The Tarot Society
    Monday, November 30th, 6 pm to 8 pm, sliding scale. Tickets and more info here
  • Chuy, The Wolf Man: Documentary Screening with director Eva Aridjis
    Date: Monday, November 30th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm, $10. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • "Mummy Cat," a picture book presentation and signing with illustrator Lisa Brown
    Saturday, December 5th, 3 pm, Free, More here
     
  • Squirrel Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, December 5th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Fancy Pigeon Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, December 6th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $285. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Morbid Anatomy Anthology Second Edition Release Party
    Friday, December 11th, 8 pm, $5. Tickets and more info here
     
  • A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture, An Illustrated Lecture with Andi Harriman
    Monday, December 14th, 8 pm, $12. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Strange Wreckage with Author Naomi J. Williams and Poet Robin Beth Schaer
    Tuesday, December 15th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
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  • Wet Specimen Class with Katie Innamorato
    Saturday, December 19th,12 pm - 2pm, $100. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann
    Sunday, December 20th, 11 am to 6 pm (with one hour lunch break), $150. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Ermine Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, January 9th, 12 pm - 7:30 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Zen and The Art of Dying, Documentary Screening with Director Broderick Fox
    Thursday, January 14th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • Bat Skeleton Articulation Class with Wilder Duncan
    Saturday, January 23rd, 1 pm to 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here
     
  • The Executioner, Unhooded: An Illustrated Lecture with Alison Kinney
    Saturday, January 30th, 8 pm, $8. Tickets and more info here
     
  • Fancy Rat Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Saturday, February 27th, 12 pm - 6 pm, $200. Tickets and more info here.
     
  • European Starling Taxidermy Class with Divya Anantharaman
    Sunday, February 28th, 12 pm - 7 pm, $275. Tickets and more info here.
Images: Waxworks from Castan's Panopticum

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ghosts And Gadgets : Communicating with the Spirits : A New Film by Ronni Thomas for Morbid Anatomy Museum Presents!


Below, Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas--director of The Midnight Archive--introduces "Ghosts And Gadgets : Communicating with the Spirits," the newest episode of his Morbid Anatomy Museum Presents film series. In this film, we are introduced to Brandon Hodge and his collection of planchettes, instruments intended for use in communicating with spirits and ancestor to today's Ouija board. Stay tuned for news of a Kickstarter campaign by Thomas intended to fund the production of more films for the museum!

You can view the film above or by clicking here; Stay tuned for more episodes which will premiere monthly on our new You Tube channel, which can be found here
My latest film bridges a gap between my interests in both novelty items and genuine spiritual communication. Collector Brandon Hodge has, in his Austin home, one of the largest, most impressive collection of spirit communication devices, most notably, his collection of planchettes. Many of us know the ‘planchette’ from our toy Ouija board set; the little heart shaped plastic table that spells out our next true love’s name. However, before the popularization of the Ouija board and it mass-manufacturing, Spiritualists would use this device (and many others) to try to communicate with the spirits of our ancestors… Think of these ‘devices’ in terms of technology meets spirituality. Remember, there was a time when faith and science were parallel lines and not pitted against one another.  And, in some cases, as with the devices in Hodge’s collection, the two were employed to work hand in hand. As someone who appreciates both the anomalous and the scientific, I view these devices as early, perhaps naive attempts to demonstrate some solid proof of life after death.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Call for Papers: The Way of the Flesh, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, April 7-8

This spring, The Morbid Anatomy Museum will be partnering with The Graduate Center at the City University of New York in a 2-day conference exploring ideas of "the flesh."

Proposals (of 250 words or less) are now being solicited for papers; they can be sent to thewayofallfleshconference [at] gmail [dot] com by October 15, 2015. Full call for papers follows; for more information, click here.
The Way of All Flesh English Student Association Conference
City University of New York, the Graduate Center
April 7-8
"Where are we to put the limit between the body and the world, since the world is flesh?" (Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible, 138)
What possibilities arise when we discuss flesh in the absence of a body? If the term body denotes a set of codes that determines and delimits flesh, then flesh might, in this framework, be conceptualized as that which the body can never fully contain. In Merleau-Ponty’s configuration, the flesh of the world is the mutually constitutive thickness between perceiving subject and perceived object. On a more intimate scale, how might discrete bodies — human and animal, animate and inanimate — enmesh? If the ideal body contains and encloses, how does flesh dissolve bodies through shared sensations, sufferings, pleasures? What kinds of knowledge do experiences of the flesh produce?

Uncovering alternative histories of flesh might compel more nuanced theorizations. Though flesh typically refers to the interior meat of human and animal bodies, we invite papers that reconsider this term, in ways that include but are not limited to the following:
  • Ecologies of flesh, relations between flesh, bodies, and environments 
  • Affective encounters through and between flesh, the emotional/affective expressivity of flesh 
  • Flesh, sexuality, and identity
    Racializing logics of embodied difference/sameness, histories of taxonomizing, and commodifications of flesh Dissection and anatomy, revivification of flesh, pathologization of flesh, illness, pregnancy, tumors, and cell growth 
  • Sensing flesh, synesthesia, touching/feeling flesh, the pleasure of flesh
    Historical and theoretical distinctions among flesh, meat, and edible bodies 
  • Flesh in devotional practices from prayer to mortification, the memento mori, transubstantiation and the Eucharist 
  • Transitioning and transforming flesh, shaping flesh, shrinking and expanding flesh
    Possession of flesh, the flesh trade, appropriating flesh 
  • Violations of the flesh, flesh objects, torture, marking/exalting the flesh 
  • Flesh — from animal skin to plant matter — in book production
  • Discarded, forgotten, and wasted flesh, flesh after life and the afterlife of flesh 
  • Nonconforming and extraordinary flesh, normative and ableist discourses of flesh 
  • Technologies of the flesh, prostheses as flesh 
  • The flesh of the text, writing (on) the flesh, the erotics of the text, textual surfaces
Please send proposals of 250 words or less to thewayofallfleshconference@gmail.com by October 15, 2015. fleshtheconference.wordpress.com
Image: The Apostle St Bartholomew, 1480 by Italian painter Matteo di Giovanni c.1430-1495. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest Hungary.