Described by Publisher's Weekly as "the strangest book of 2016," The Anatomical Venus officially launches tomorrow, and we are celebrating with two events. The first will be a conversation on Thursday, June 2 between Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson of the Science Channel’s Oddities taking place at the Rare Book Room at The Strand (more here) followed by a book signing.
For the more committed among you, on Saturday June 4th The Morbid Anatomy Museum will host a day long symposium exploring the range of topics covered by the book including anatomized women, wax, the ecstatic, Catholicism and the cult of the saints, the uncanny, and more; featured speakers include Joanna Ebenstein, Mel Gordon, Stephen Asma, Mark Dery, Mike Sappol, Amy Herzog, Asti Hustvedt, Shannon Taggart, Margaret Schwartz, Ronni Thomas, Marie Dauenheimer, Colin Dickey Lissa Rivera, and Karen Bachman; you can see the full line up below, or by clicking here. There will also be an afterparty at our favorite bar Halyards featuring DJ Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory.
At both events, Museum co-founder and board chair Tracy Hurley Martin will make opening remarks, and books will be available for sale and signing.
You can learn more about the book here; read reviews in Vice, The Telegraph, Publisher's Weekly, Bust and The Guardian; and hear an interview about The Venus with the author on BBC 4's Women's Hour here. You can order the UK (Thames and Hudson) and US (DAP) edition of the book here.
Anatomical Venus Book Release Party and Symposium
Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 11 AM -7:15 PM
Admission: $45 ( Admission + Book ), $10 ( Morbid Anatomy Member Symposium Admission ); $15 ( Regular Symposium Admission )
***Copies of The Anatomical Venus will be available for sale and signing.
*** Admission also includes access to museum exhibits including House of Wax
The Anatomical Venus--a new Morbid Anatomy book by our co-founder and creative director, Joanna Ebenstein--explores the curious history of seductive female anatomical wax models, created in the 18th century and peaking in fashion in the 19th. The book traces--in images and words--the evolution of these enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny.
On June 4, we hope you'll join us for a one-day symposium to celebrate the release of The Anatomical Venus with a symposium exploring the range of topics covered by the book including anatomized women, wax, the ecstatic, Catholicism and the cult of the saints, the uncanny, and more. After, join us for an after party at our local bar, Halyards, with DJ stylings by Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Introductory Remarks by Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Board Chair)
Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Founder, Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Creative Director): "An Enlightenment-era St Teresa Ravished by Communion with the Invisible Forces of Science": A Brief Introduction to The Anatomical Venus
Introductory Talk: Evan Michelson (Scholar in Residence, TV's Oddities): An Anatomical Pilgrimage
12:00 - 1:45
PANEL ONE: Agalmatophilia, or People who Fall in Love with Non-animate Humans
-- Margaret Schwartz (Fordham Univsersity): "I Buried Her Standing Because She Had Balls!" The Strange Afterlife of Eva Perón.
-- Lissa Rivera (Artist): The History of Sex Dolls
-- Ronni Thomas (Filmmaker in Residence): Mad Science, Mysticism, Romance and Necrophilia: The Strange Tale of Carl von Cosel and Elena Hoyos
1:45 - 2:45: Lunch Break
2:45 - 4:00
PANEL TWO: Corpo Sancto: Faith, Metaphysics and The Body
-- Stephen Asma (author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads): The Redemptive Body: a Theology of Anatomy
-- Colin Dickey (author of Cranioklepty and Afterlives of the Saints): Saint Teresa and the Erotics of Reading
-- Karen Bachman (Hair Artist in Residence): Holy Body Parts!: Speaking Reliquaries and Catholic Saints
-- Brian Cotnoir (Alchemist in Residence): How to Animate a Statue
4:00 - 5:00
PANEL THREE: Entranced Women on Display
-- Shannon Taggart (Programmer in Residence): In the Spirit Cabinet
-- Asti Hustvedt (author of Medical Muses, editor of Zone's Decadent Reader): The Hysterical Venus
PANEL FOUR: The Pleasures of Anatomy and the Anatomical Gaze
-- Mark Dery (Cultural Critic, Author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts): On The Pathological Sublime: Dark Matter and Aesthetic Rapture
-- Marie Dauenheimer (Medical Illustrator): Albinus, Wanderlaar and the Creation of the Homo Perfectus
-- Mel Gordon (Author of Voluptuous Panic): Showcases of the Marvelous - The Rise and Fall of Berlins Panopticums (1888-1923)
-- Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine): Queer Anatomies: Perverse desire, medical illustration, and the epistemology of the anatomical closet
Keynote Lecture: Amy Herzog (Queens College): Women in Boxes
7:15: Afterparty at Halyards with DJ stylings by Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory.