Talking About Death in the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Joanna Ebenstein's always been told she's "morbid" for her interest in natural history, taxidermy and death. This is how she's using her Morbid Anatomy Museum to invite others to explore her quirky interests and even learn from them.

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  1. The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood is filled with myriad artifacts, books and relics related to forgotten aspects of life. Since it opened last June, the museum has had two temporary exhibitions, workshops in taxidermy, plenty of lecture series and occasional singles' nights.
  2. Tonight! Explore how your senses drive your desires through an evening of visceral interactions with strangers at "Sensory Speed Dating" by Guerilla Science! $24 for 2 persons / 8pm! Tickets available at http://morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com/product/guerilla-science-presents-sensory-speed-dating
    Tonight! Explore how your senses drive your desires through an evening of visceral interactions with strangers at "Sensory Speed Dating" by Guerilla Science! $24 for 2 persons / 8pm! Tickets available at http://morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com/product/guerilla-science-presents-sensory-speed-dating
  3. Tonight!  Join Dr. Mande Holdford at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for her lecture " From deadly venom to delightful drugs in the Predatory Sea Snail".8pm / $ 8
    Tonight! Join Dr. Mande Holdford at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for her lecture " From deadly venom to delightful drugs in the Predatory Sea Snail".8pm / $ 8
  4. The museum's current temporary exhibition is on stage magician Howard Thurston, who was known for his dark stage magic. Titled Do the Spirits Return?, the exhibition includes posters and photographs that explain the influence of spiritualism in stage magic and other popular beliefs on the afterlife in the early 20th century.
  5. Please join us this Saturday as we celebrate the opening of our third exhibition "Do Spirits Returns ? From Dark Art to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic. " This exhibition explores the surprising intersections between spiritualism, torture theater the dark arts and early 20th Century stage magic as seen in the work of Howard Thurston ( 1869-1936). The exhibition will feature stunning and rarely exhibited stage props, posters, photographs, artworks,  letters, books and even the fabled "Luxor Mummy", all drawn from the Collection of Rory Feldman. 
Tickets here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1437631
    Please join us this Saturday as we celebrate the opening of our third exhibition "Do Spirits Returns ? From Dark Art to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic. " This exhibition explores the surprising intersections between spiritualism, torture theater the dark arts and early 20th Century stage magic as seen in the work of Howard Thurston ( 1869-1936). The exhibition will feature stunning and rarely exhibited stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, books and even the fabled "Luxor Mummy", all drawn from the Collection of Rory Feldman. Tickets here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1437631
  6. The exhibition's inauguration took off with the museum's arts community, regular enthusiasts and even a special appearance from Nick Cave.
  7. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the fabulous opening party for our new exhibit "Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic." Here is a photo of the wonderful Nick Cave, his lovely twins, Ratso, the curators, staff and board members in front of one of our favorite posters.

The show is on view now through January, every day but Tuesday, 12-6. Come on by and check it out!

#morbidanatomy #morbidanatomymuseum #nickcave 
More here: http://morbidanatomymuseum.org/exhibitions/do-the-spirits-return/
    Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the fabulous opening party for our new exhibit "Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic." Here is a photo of the wonderful Nick Cave, his lovely twins, Ratso, the curators, staff and board members in front of one of our favorite posters. The show is on view now through January, every day but Tuesday, 12-6. Come on by and check it out! #morbidanatomy #morbidanatomymuseum #nickcave More here: http://morbidanatomymuseum.org/exhibitions/do-the-spirits-return/
  8. Joanna Ebenstein, the museum's founder and creative director, never thought her research and niche interests would blossom into a full-grow museum. She's put topics like death, disease and natural history on the table and asks visitors to question their conception of what's "morbid" or "dark" in today's world by learning about historical and foreign world views. For instance, the museum hosts annual Day of the Dead trips to Mexico.
  9. While the contents of Ebenstein's books touch on heavy topics, the museum itself is a fun site to see if you aren't used to being surrounded by taxidermied animals.
  10. Watch Erin Kern's Vine "carnival! #morbidanatomy" taken on 15 March 2015. It has 0 likes. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.
  11. Presenting: Circus Mouse! #Taxidermy #MorbidAnatomy #TaxidermyClass #CraftyCreepy #🐭 @morbidanatomy @bloodyberrylicious
    Presenting: Circus Mouse! #Taxidermy #MorbidAnatomy #TaxidermyClass #CraftyCreepy #🐭 @morbidanatomy @bloodyberrylicious
  12. The museum's inaugural exhibition, The Art of Mourning, displayed photos and artifacts on 19th century mourning traditions.
  13. A prolific contributor to the museum is historian, scholar and surgeon Stanley D. Burns, the founder of The Burns Archive. Burns has the largest collection of medical photography in the world, and regularly contributes images and books from his collection to the museum. Burns' latest, Stiffs, Skulls, and Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism, has just made it onto the museum' shelves, where his books on post-mortem photography, diseases and the "insane" are already displayed in the museum's gift shops.
  14. The Morbid Anatomy Museum isn't just a place to get a kick out of weird objects and out-there events. It fosters discussions with a community of scholars, researchers and artists who are interested in all things morbid. The museum recently held a talk on terror management theory, which that influenced Ebenstein's thoughts on how contemplating death and morality helps us live richer lives.
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