Join Morbid Anatomy at The Satanic Temple’s Salem Art Gallery in Salem, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 2, for a night of illustrated talks exploring 19th century death themed amusements, the collection and contemplation of mourning objects, and flying guillotined heads, all inspired by the recent publication “Death: A Graveside Companion.”
Morbid Anatomy founder and creative director Joanna Ebenstein will discuss death- and disaster-themed amusements in turn of the century Coney Island. Morbid Anatomy head librarian and programming director Laetitia Barbier will talk about the French guillotine and the trope of flying heads in the 19th century imagination, and Evan Michelson–antique dealer, aesthete and co-star of TV’s Oddities–will read from her essay on the collection, curation and safekeeping of mortal remains, and how the mourning of strangers illuminates our own mysterious journey.
Tickets for the event are available here, and I recommend signing up for the Morbid Anatomy Newsletter to receive notifications on upcoming events! The line up for the remainder of 2018 looks fantastic, including cemetery garden parties, tarot readings, workshops on taxidermy, Victorian hair art, and seminars on Joe Coleman’s art, Necromancy in Folklore, and more.