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NEW BOOK EDITED BY MORBID ANATOMY CREATOR JOANNA EBENSTEIN

Death: A Graveside Companion
At nearly 400 pages, this book explores, via over 1,000 images and 19 essays, humankind's attempts attempts--mythological, scientific and popular – to imagine, respond to, or find meaning in the mystery of death.
Edited by Joanna Ebenstein, Foreword by Will Self, Featuring the Richard Harris Art Collection
Thames and Hudson, October 24, 2017 (Available for pre-order)
368 pages, 1,000 illustrations in color and black and white
More (and order) here.

REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS FOR DEATH A GRAVESIDE COMPANION
EVENTS
  • Exhibition: Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work
    The Mütter Museum along with curators John Whitenight and Evan Michelson have assembled an exquisite group of Victorian hair art and jewelry as well as accompanying materials that discuss the social expectations of Victorian-era mourning rituals that ruled 19th century society with strict standards.
    January 19, 2018 – July 12, 2018
    The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Thomson Gallery
    More here
  • Utopia/Dystopia: Utopian Languages, with linguist Arika Okrent and Tolkienist Jessica Burke
    Two talks exploring the ways in which language has been harnessed to utopian projects.

    Wednesday, January 31
    7 pm
    Hauser and Wirth, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY
    FREE but must RSVP here

  • The Psychology of Paradise: Is the Quest for Heaven on Earth a Human Universal? With Douglas Rushkoff, Mitch Horowitz and Will Baker
    Wednesday, February 21
    7pm
    Hauser and Wirth, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY
    Free but must RSVP here
     
  • Victorian Hair Art Workshop with Karen Bachmann
    Sunday, February 25
    The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia
    10 am - 4 pm
    *** Tickets on sale Friday, January 25 at 9 AM here

  • Utopia/Dystopia: DISCO with Amy Herzog, Tara Mateik and friends
    Wednesday, March 14
    7pm
    Hauser and Wirth, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY
    MORE SOON
     
  • Oscillations of Utopia: the NSK State from Sarajevo to Venice with Charles Lewis, NSK State diplomat in New York
    Wednesday, April 4
    7pm
    Hauser and Wirth, 548 W 22nd St, New York, NY
    MORE SOON
     
  • Big Ideas: Joanna Ebenstein, Founder of Morbid Anatomy, LondonA talk in London on the things that flicker on the edges of categorical divides: death and beauty, eros and thanatos, animate and inanimate by our founder Joanna Ebenstein
    Thursday, March 8
    7 pm
    Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7 London, United Kingdom
    More and tickets here
  • The Oddities Spring Flea Market
    Saturday, April 7
    12 PM to 6 PM
    More here
  • Hair Art Symposium
    A symposium dedicated to Victorian hair art with talks, tours and demonstrations

    Sunday, April 8
    9 am - 4:30 pm (with reception, 8 pm)
    The Mütter Museum, 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    More and tickets here
BOOKS AND PROJECTS OF INTEREST

SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, Shannon Taggart, Forthcoming
New book by former Morbid Anatomy Museum artist and scholar in residence Shannon Taggart based on her decade long project documenting spiritualism, a religion in which devotees attempt to communicate with the souls of the dead. Includes her own photos and antique spiritualist photographs.
More here

As Far As The Eye Can Travel "paper "Wunderkammer" by Chiara Ambrosio
More here.

RECORDED TALKS

Tedx Talk: Death like you've never seen it before
Summer, 2016

How we Remember: Death and Mourning in American Art and Culture Symposium
American Folk Art Museum, New York, January 28, 2017
Watch part one here and part two here.
Featuring Gary M. Laderman, Emory University; Stacy C. Hollander, American Folk Art Museum; Dr. Stanley B. Burns, Historian, Founder of the Burns Archive, and Professor of Medical Humanities, New York University; Jessica Regan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more.

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