Curator Joanna Ebenstein & editor Colin Dickey are putting together a “lavish book immortalizing in words and images the best of Morbid Anatomy Presents,” the local (Brooklyn) lecture series featuring “rogue scholars, artists, writers, museologists, morticians and scientists”. Ebenstein calls the niche “the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture”. Dickey sums it up as things that are “generally seen as being outside of polite conversation”. Specifically in the book:
Topics covered will include: anthropodermic bibliopegy (ie. books bound in human skin), 19th Century Diableries, collections of preserved human tattoos, death themed 19th century Parisian cabarets, extreme taxidermy, popular wax anatomical models, collecting death, the Anatomical Venus, Santa Muerte and Death in Mexico, Terror Management Theory, l’Inconnue de la Seine, “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, macabre collections, and much, much more.
Collecting death? Where do I pre-order my copy? The Morbid Anatomy Anthology is a current Kickstarter campaign. $25 gets you a book and a hand-written thank you note. Pledge your support, and find out more here.
I like this quote from Ebenstein:
I think of the Morbid Anatomy series in the context of 18th century ideas of rational amusement or learning for fun’s sake. I feel like all of our presenters are interested in communicating their ideas because they’re so excited about them. It’s learning for the sake of fun.