Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 11 AM – 7:15 PM
$45 ( Admission + Book )
$10 ( Morbid Anatomy Member Symposium Admission )
$15 ( Regular Symposium Admission )
Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2553816
***Copies of The Anatomical Venus will be available for sale and signing.
*** Admission also includes access to museum exhibits including House of Wax
The Anatomical Venus
–a new Morbid Anatomy book by our co-founder and creative director, Joanna Ebenstein–explores the curious history of seductive female anatomical wax models, created in the 18th century and peaking in fashion in the 19th. The book traces–in images and words–the evolution of these enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny.
On June 4, we hope youll join us for a one-day symposium to celebrate the release of The Anatomical Venus with a symposium exploring the range of topics covered by the book including anatomized women, wax, the ecstatic, Catholicism and the cult of the saints, the uncanny, and more. After, join us for an after party at our local bar, Halyards, with DJ stylings by Friese Undine and films curated by David Cory. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Introductory Remarks by Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Board Chair)
Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Founder, Morbid Anatomy Museum Co-Founder and Creative Director): “An Enlightenment-era St Teresa Ravished by Communion with the Invisible Forces of Science”: A Brief Introduction to The Anatomical Venus
Introductory Talk: Evan Michelson (Scholar in Residence, TV’s Oddities): An Anatomical Pilgrimage
PANEL ONE: Agalmatophilia, or People who Fall in Love with Non-animate Humans
– Margaret Schwartz (Fordham Univsersity): “I Buried Her Standing Because She Had Balls!” The Strange Afterlife of Eva Perón.
– Lissa Rivera (Artist): The History of Sex Dolls
– Ronni Thomas (Filmmaker in Residence): Mad Science, Mysticism, Romance and Necrophilia: The Strange Tale of Carl von Cosel and Elena Hoyos
PANEL TWO: Corpo Sancto: Faith, Metaphysics & The Body
– Stephen Asma (author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads): The Redemptive Body: a Theology of Anatomy
– Colin Dickey (author of Cranioklepty and Afterlives of the Saints): Saint Teresa and the Erotics of Reading
– Karen Bachman (Hair Artist in Residence): Holy Body Parts!: Speaking Reliquaries and Catholic Saints
– Brian Cotnoir (Alchemist in Residence): How to Animate a Statue
PANEL THREE: Entranced Women on Display
– Shannon Taggart (Photographer, Programmer in Residence): Performing the Invisible: Magic, Meaning and the Medium’s Cabinet
– Asti Hutsvedt (author of Medical Muses, editor of Zone’s Decadent Reader): The Hysterical Venus
PANEL FOUR: The Pleasures of Anatomy and the Anatomical Gaze
– Mark Dery (Cultural Critic, Author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts): On The Pathological Sublime: Dark Matter and Aesthetic Rapture
– Marie Dauenheimer (Medical Illustrator): Albinus, Wanderlaar and the Creation of the Homo Perfectus
– Mel Gordon (Author of Voluptuous Panic): Showcases of the Marvelous – The Rise and Fall of Berlins Panopticums (1888-1923)
– Michael Sappol ( National Library of Medicine): Queer Anatomies: Perverse desire, medical illustration, and the epistemology of the anatomical closet
Keynote Lecture: Amy Herzog (Queens College): Women in Boxes
Image: Venerina (Little Venus), life-sized dissectible wax model created by the workshop of Clemente Susini at Florences La Specola for Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, Italy, 1782. Photo by Joanna