Monday, March 24, 2014

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is Coming Soon and it Needs Your Help!

For over six years, Morbid Anatomy has been showcasing, preserving, and championing forgotten and liminal artifacts, art, and ideas, providing a home for those things which would otherwise fall through the cracks of collection, informed discussion and exhibition. Now, Morbid Anatomy is moving into a 3-floor, 4,200 square foot building in the Gowanus and completely renovating it. But to do it--and to make it the most fantastic space possible--we need your help!

Towards that end, we have just launched a Kickstarter campaign--which you can view by clicking here--featuring such exciting awards as limited edition prints by artists Mark Ryden and Mark Dion (3rd and 4th images down); "experiential awards" with stars of TV's Oddities including a trip to Brimfield antiques market with Evan Michelson, shooting antique guns with Mike Zohn and a private tour of Ryan Matthew Cohn's astounding home museum; a collectable set piece from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas; tickets to our popular Morbid Anatomy Museum annual Day of the Dead bus trip; a private party in the museum; special Morbid Anatomy merch; and much, much more!

You can find out more--and contribute to what we hope you'll agree is a very worthy cause!--by clicking here. You can watch the wonderful intro video byfilmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive and narrated by Oddities's Evan Michelson above.

Beyond the great awards, why should you considering lending your support to The Morbid Anatomy Museum? Here are a few reasons: it will be a beautiful and inspiring space to foster our unique international community of supporters, friends, artists, rogue scholars and like-minded enthusiasts; it will enshrine that which we hold dear; and it will be a place to study, to delight; a place to “meet the others.” It will also feature:
  • An inaugural temporary exhibition on 19th century anthropomorphic taxidermist Walter Potter, which will reunite many pieces from his now divided museum include the incredible circa 1890 Kitten Wedding (second image down)
  • An enlarged, beautiful library to house our rapidly expanding collection of over 2,500 books
  • An exhibition space to showcase our ever-growing permanent collection 
  • A gift shop with our own quirky merch, taxidermy, waxworks, curiosia and obscure books from around the world
  • A café serving espresso and pastries seven days a week, with plans to expand to a full bar
  • More publications by Morbid Anatomy Press
  • A new lecture and event space capable of holding twice our current numbers featuring talks by Morbid Anatomy favorites such as Stanley Burns (The Burns Archive), Paul Koudounaris (Empire of Death), Amy Herzog, Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), and Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of TV’s Oddities.
  • Expanded public programing including visiting international scholars such as Richard Barnett (Wellcome Collection), Mel Gordon (Voluptuous Panic, Grand Guignol) and John Troyer (Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath)
  • More field trips and classes, and live-casting of lectures
  • A film branch, with filmmaker in residence Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive
  • A rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in breathtaking views of industrial Brooklyn and the mighty Gowanus Canal
Again, you can find out more--and donate now!--by clicking here. Whether you can contribute or not, we hope very much to see you soon in the new museum!

Images, top to bottom:
  1. Rendering of the Morbid Anatomy Museum by Architects Robert Kirkbride and Anthony Cohn
  2. Kitten Wedding by Walter Potter; to be on view at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in June
  3. Mark Ryden, “Tree of Mystery”An limited edition artwork by Mark Ryden in a beautiful hand-carved wood frame
  4. Limited edition signed and number print by Mark Dion, available only as part of this kickstarter!

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