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Many of you may know that I am fascinated by taxidermy, the extreme kind (see past blog.) After all, what is taxidermy but a craft? A skill that can be taken way beyond traditional heads of hunted boar and deer that hang on walls in country estates?
When I came across an online reference of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, NY, I was naturlally quite interested to learn more. A quick peek on their website reveals their tagline: "Exploring the intersections of death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks." Anything that falls between the cracks I am game for. Great!
Their upcoming exhibition "Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality" opens August 13 – September 1. From the website:
"This exhibition will explore our profound connection to dead and immortalized animals via a spectacular gathering of taxidermied treasures from elite collections across the country. Pieces on view will include astounding natural wonders like the great argus pheasant; “freaks of nature” such as a circa 1915 four-Tusked Walrus; rare and extinct animals such as the once-abundant passenger pigeon and heath hen; a dizzying array of once beloved pets preserved for all time; stuffed denizens of the deep; and much more!"
A past exhibition titledc"Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular. Curated by Stephen Romano" dealt with the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: "...the hypnagogic state of consciousness, when mental phenomena such as lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis occur." Images on the website.
Folks: I think its high time for a road trip to Brooklyn! If any of you have been or will go soon, please report back!
Here's an interesting article about the background of the museum: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-modern-morbid-cabinet...
Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY