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

Death-centric museum showcasing art & artifacts from around the world, with on-site cafe & bookshop.
424-A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

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Comment by 2Roses on August 3, 2016 at 7:51pm

They'll get over it when pigs can fly.  

Hey...wait a minute!  I have an idea...

Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 3, 2016 at 10:49am

I saw the taxidermied cat drone video and read some of the comments. Would people be less offended if it was a dead squirrel or a dead rat rather than a dead pet cat? Hard to say. We eat "pork" and simultaneously adore little piglets ...

Comment by 2Roses on August 3, 2016 at 9:18am

Thank you for this. We are long time taxidermy fans. Particularly the more inventive spectrum of the art. Here is a link to something that will either amaze you or utterly offend you, but there is no denying the inventiveness of it. Oh, and well crafted too!

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/770349336439909/?pnre...

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