Morbid Anatomy Museum

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Morbid Anatomy Museum
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EstablishedJune 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)
DissolvedDecember 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Coordinates40°40′22″N 73°59′24″W / 40.672844°N 73.990053°W / 40.672844; -73.990053Coordinates: 40°40′22″N 73°59′24″W / 40.672844°N 73.990053°W / 40.672844; -73.990053
TypeNatural History, Anatomy, Dime Museum
Key holdingsMorbid Anatomy Library, rotating collections
FounderJoanna Ebenstein, Tracy Hurley Martin, Colin Dickey, Aaron Beebe, Tonya Hurley
ArchitectRobert Kirkbride and Anthony Cohn

The Morbid Anatomy Museum was a non-profit exhibition space founded in 2014 by Joanna Ebenstein, Tracy Hurley Martin, Colin Dickey, Tonya Hurley, and Aaron Beebe in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.[1] The museum was an expansion of Ebenstein's long-running project, the Morbid Anatomy Blog and Library and drew heavily on her experiences with the also defunct art groups Observatory and Proteus Gowanus,[2] as well as Beebe's work in the Coney Island Museum[3][4] and Dickey's interest in the arcane and the esoteric.[5] The museum building had a lecture and event space, a cafe and a store.[6] The museum's closing was announced on December 18, 2016.[1]

The Museum was conceived, organized and planned by Joanna Ebenstein, Tracy Hurley Martin, Colin Dickey, and Aaron Beebe and located at 424a Third Avenue in Brooklyn, a former nightclub building the interior of which was re-modeled by architects Robert Kirkbride and Tony Cohn in 2014.[7] In Ebenstein's words, the new space was designed to give a home for a "regular lecture series and DIY intellectual salon that brings together artists, writers, curators and passionate amateurs dedicated to what [Joanna Ebenstein] sums up as 'the things that fall through the cracks'".[8]

The space focused on forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming.[9] Themes included nature, death and society, anatomy, medicine, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. The artifacts featured in its rotating exhibitions were drawn from private collections and museums' storage spaces.[10][11][12]

At its closing, the museum board consisted of Tracy Hurley Martin, Joanna Ebenstein, Jacob Nadal, Amy Slonaker, Renee Soto, Tonya Hurley, and Evan Michelson, and is staffed by Joanna Ebenstein, Laetitia Barbier and Cristina Preda.

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  1. ^ a b Mansky, Jackie. "Morbid Anatomy Museum Closes Its Doors". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  2. ^ Furfarro, Danielle (June 26, 2014). "A bizarre bazaar! Morbid Anatomy Museum hosts a flea market". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Strausbaugh, John (2009-07-22). "At the Coney Island Museum, the Strange Case of Sigmund F." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  4. ^ "The Forgotten Coney Island". Brooklyn Based. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  5. ^ "Colin Dickey – Hyperallergic". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  6. ^ Strochlic, Nina (July 10, 2014). "Brooklyn's Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy's House of Intriguing Horrors". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Interview: Robert Kirkbride on Design, Part I". Tack. April 16, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (June 26, 2014). "The Dark Side Gets Its Due". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Thuras, Dylan. "The Morbid Anatomy Museum". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  10. ^ Nelson, Amy K. (July 10, 2014). "A Night at the Morbid Anatomy Museum". Animal New York. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Budick, Ariella (August 22, 2014). "Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum". Financial Times. Archived from the original on August 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Moye, David (August 24, 2014). "Morbid Anatomy Museum: You Know You're Dying To See It". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2014.

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