Grant #85

The Morbid Anatomy Museum

April 14, 2014

Surveying the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture.

Joanna Ebenstein’s Morbid Anatomy Museum may not be for those with faintable hearts and small stomachs. Still, like a full moon, its growing following can’t be denied. From Dracula and the Dark Ages, to jeweled skeletons and postmortem photography, the Museum’s lectures and presentations live up to the institute’s name.

The museum is an ongoing project that excavates and celebrates the obscure, the forgotten, and the macabre. Rogue scholars and academics have given lectures, workshops, and parties to fans and followers from places as diverse as Belgium, Japan, and Mexico.

Being based in a small Brooklyn space, some of the most dedicated misfits will miss out on the museum’s presentations. This AWB grant will help Joanna purchase audio and video equipment for recording high-quality live streams. Then, anyone anywhere in the world will be able to grab a front row seat to each event.

Got a taste for the taboo? Visit the Morbid Anatomy blog and Facebook page to find out more about the museum’s featured events!

Category: Culture



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