MORBID ANATOMY AT GREEN WOOD CEMETERY: The Power of Images: Life, Death and Rebirth.
Morbid Anatomy, beloved purveyor of the arcane, whose most recent incarnation was the quirky Brooklyn-based museum that abruptly shuttered in early 2017, takes up temporary residence at The Green-Wood Cemetery. As former collaborators, the two institutions are delighted to work together again. Their partnership includes the pop-up exhibition, “The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth;” space for browsing Morbid Anatomy’s extensive library and ephemera collection; and a complementary series of conversations and lectures. Green-Wood’s Fort Hamilton Gatehouse (1877), designed by Richard Upjohn and a city landmark, will house the exhibition and library.
Morbid Anatomy, which presented exhibitions and programs in its former space in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn between 2014 and 2017, retains widespread interest in New York and around the world. The former museum was dedicated to things that fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, or defies disciplinary divides.
The exhibition, “The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth,” examines art, artifacts, and ephemera designed to connect with the most universal of all human conditions: death. Rarely seen objects and images from the collections of Morbid Anatomy’s and The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s own collections, as well as those from private collectors, will illuminate historic, cultural, and religious perspectives on mortality. The installation is curated by Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein and head librarian and programming director Laetitia Barbier.
A selection of Morbid Anatomy’s extensive library and ephemera collection, which contains over 1,000 books and artifacts, can be found in The Gatehouse’s atmospheric attic. Its overarching theme is the intersection of art and medicine, death and culture. Ebenstein developed the collection over decades, as she acquired books and objects from across the globe.
Reprising Morbid Anatomy’s popular public programs, Green-Wood will also host a series of conversations, lectures, and events. For more information, visit www.green-wood.com.
From MORBID ANATOMY’s blog:
We are beyond delighted to announce that Morbid Anatomy has a found a temporary new home at Brooklyn’s fabulous Green-Wood Cemetery!
The residency will be housed in The Cemetery’s city landmark 1877 Fort Hamilton Gatehouse (see below). In the attic (below left) will find a new iteration of the Morbid Anatomy Library. Downstairs will feature The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth, a new exhibition curated by Morbid Anatomy’s Laetitia Barbier and Joanna Ebenstein and featuring artworks, artifacts and ephemera from the hand (or private collections) of Kahn and Selesnick, Dana Sherwood, Rebecca Purcell, Ryan Matthew Cohn, Shannon Taggart, Lourdes Sanchez, The Stephen Romano Gallery, Invisible Gallery, Evan Michelson, The Reanimation Library, Friese Undine, J D Powe, Ronni Thomas, Daisy Tainton, Lado Pochkhua, Brian Cotnoir, Joel Schlemowitz, Eva Aridjis, the Green-Wood Cemetery Archives and more.
The residency will be free and open to the public on weekends, March 31 – June 24, 2018, from 12 – 5. We will also be producing a series of lectures, events, tours and parties as part of the residency; stay tuned for more on that.
FIRST FLOOR GALLERY
WOLFGANG GRASSE “MERRY GO ROUND” 1999
A selection from “Reanimator Library”.
The Black Crook: A Most Wonderful History, 1886.
Wooden Panel depicting Faun, collection of Laetitia Barbier
top to bottom: Mexican Santa Muerte Retablo, Father Time and the Goddess Rhea (circa 1900), Arthur Hammer Long Island City Back Yard at Night – the artist is buried at Greenwood..
Unknown Artist, probably from Freemason lodge, Father Time and the Goddess Rhea, circa 1900.
E.T. Clarke Victorian Mole Specimen.
Alchemical Pelican Vessel, Unknown Artist.
Louis Miche Eilshemius Frolicking Nudes – the artist is buried at Greenwood.
Gabriel Harrison Moonlit Ocean – the artist is buried at Greenwood.
Unknown Artist, early 20th century – Apocalyptic Painting.
One of the GEMS of the exhibition. Found in a flea market in France.
Unknown Artist – BLACK MASS OF THE THRIFT STORE. Collection of Leatitia Barbier.
Odd Fellows Coffin Prop.
Friese Undine “Homo-Diluvian in a State of Constant Emergency”
After Canova by Lado Pochkhua
Works by Dana Sherwood, Olga Frobe Kapteyn, James Ryder Van Brunt, Rebecca Reeves and Lado Pochkhua.
Olga Frobe Kapteyn, “Reincarnation” circa 1930.
Odd fellows Hand Painted Third Degree Ritual Banner – mid to late 19th Century.
Medium Kai Muegge with Ectoplasm by Shannon Taggart.
Miniature scale artworks by (l to R) William Mortensen, El Gato Chimney, Jel Ena, Eric Richardson, William Mortensen, Ray Caesar.
Left to Right: Nahua Mask representing Death circa 1950, Frises Undine “Homo-Diluvian in a State of Constant Emergency”, Rebecca Purcell “Mourning Garlands”, Odd Fellows Coffin Prop, Lourdes Sanchez “Communion”, Unknown Artist “Blass Mass at the Thrift Store”.
UPSTAIRS – MORBID ANATOMY LIBRARY