Thursday, October 16, 2008

Proteus Gowanus and Morbid Anatomy Library Opening, Friday October 17th

Tomorrow night (Friday, October 17th) Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery and Reading Room is throwing an opening party for the launch of its new year-longinstallation "Mend," to which I have contributed some stuff and acted as "correspondent."

Also launching that night will be the "Morbid Anatomy Library," (see above) which is basically a collection of books, articles, ephemera, photographs and artifacts I have accumulated around the Morbid Anatomy project. The library will henceforth be open to the public (by appointment only) in a room right off the main gallery.

So, if you live in the New York Metropolitan area, and would like to drink wine surrounded by mangy stuffed squirrels, pathological hands and books, not to mention see some cool art, why not come by? If interested in paying a visit at another time than this opening, please email me at

I should also mention that I would like to organize some Morbid Anatomy events at this space in the future. If any readers have ideas of what kind of events they might like to see or participate in, please let me know here.

Hope to see you there!

Invitation below:

Proteus Gowanus
invites you to the opening reception for the
2008/2009 Interdisciplinary Exhibit


Friday, October 17th
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” --Eugene O’Neill

In the spirit of renewal and repair, we launch the 2008/2009 exhibit, MEND, in the new Proteus Gowanus gallery space (same building, further down the alley).
At a time when “fixing things,” from the mundane to the profound, seems increasingly out of our reach, we will explore MEND through art, artifacts, objects, books, and related programs, encompassing a multiplicity of perspectives and disciplines, from mending a piece of fabric to solving global problems.

We introduce an expanded Proteus Gowanus Reading Room in the space adjacent to the gallery, including five ongoing archival projects: joining Anonima, Reanimation Library and the Museum of Matches are Blue Fire, an installation by Wendy Walker; the Hall of the Gowanus; and Joanna Ebenstein’s Morbid Anatomy Library.

The Mend exhibit and programs is co-curated by PG Founder/Creative Director Sasha Chavchavadze and our new PG Director Tammy Pittman.

Mend Correspondents are: Joanna Ebenstein, Janice Everett, Lydia Matthews, Herbert Pfostl and Martin Skoble.

Mend Contributors are: Ellen Banks-Feld, Jenny Bevill, Jen Bervin, Stephanie Broder-Lederman, Rosamond Casey, Sasha Chavchavadze, Libby Clarke, Ellen Driscoll, Laure Drogoul, Joanna Ebenstein, Janice Everett, Charles Goldman, Paula Hayes, Soph Herbert, Jeanne Liotta, Susan Newmark, Jim Nightlinger, Debra Pearlman, Pam Peterson, Herbert Pfostl, Chris Piazza, Tamara Pittman, Karla Roberts, Alan Rosner, Esther K. Smith, Andrea Spiros, Lance Rutledge, Naftali Beane Rutter, Sally Mara Sturman, Annette Taconnelli, Robert The, Wendy Walker, James Walsh, Matthew Wills, The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives.

Check our workshop/events page in the coming weeks for a schedule of programs related to MEND.

Look forward to seeing you!

Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street @ Nevins Street Gate
Brooklyn, NY 11215

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanna, it was so lovely to see you here in Brooklyn, NY! Thanks for the kind invitasion. I enjoyed all the very rare and special books, the interesting people and made several new friends. See you soon here in NY or next month in Leiden, The Netherlands and in Ghent, Belgium!

xxAnn (Antwerp, Belgium)