Mistress of Death: Walter Potter Two Faced Kitten in First US Engagement: Morbid Anatomy “Collector’s Cabinet”

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From the Morbid Anatomy Museum:

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MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTOR’S CABINET EXHIBIT OF PRIVATELY OWNED CURIOSITIES INCLUDING ECCENTRIC VICTORIAN TAXIDERMIST TWO-FACED KITTEN ON VIEW IN THE US FOR THE FIRST TIME!

 Tickets Now On Sale for Opening Night Preview Party January 23 And Exhibition Running From January 24 – March 29.

Brooklyn, NY, January 14, 2015: A two-faced kitten! A taxidermy squirrel bar! An exploded human skeleton! These are just a few of the rarely seen oddities that will be exhibited in the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s second exhibition: The Collector’s Cabinet on view from January 24 – March 29 at the Morbid Anatomy Museum (address).  The exhibition will launch with an exclusive opening night preview party on Friday January 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission and $25 for MAM members.

The Collector’s Cabinet will be the first of a series showcasing extraordinary objects in private collections. This iteration will feature astonishing artifacts such as eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter’s unforgettable two-faced kitten (never before exhibited in the US, from the collection of Carol Holzner); an anthropomorphic taxidermy squirrel bar scene from the infamous Cress Funeral home; (Mike Zohn, Obscura Antiques, TV’s Oddities); an exploded (or “Beauchene”) human skeleton prepared by Ryan Cohn (TV’s Oddities);” Original Weimar erotica belonging to Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic; early plastic lamp finials from the collection of artist Mark Dion; and much, much more!

The exhibit will launch with a special preview party on Friday, January 23rd in which the Museum will come alive with a host of collectors demonstrating and sharing their incredible pieces. Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy founder, co-author of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy) will introduce us to Walter Potter’s two-faced kitten. Evan Michelson (Obscura AntiquesOddities) will share the surprising and inspiring tale of Georges’s prosthetic arms. Tracy Hurley Martin (Morbid Anatomy Museum Board Chair) will treat us to a rare display of the phenomenal 18th century 5-volume set of the Physica Sacra, an important and lavish text that links natural history, philosophy and mysticism. Mike Zohn (Obscura AntiquesOddities) will share the fascinating history of his anthropomorphic squirrel bar scene, once on view at the Cress Funeral Home; Ryan Cohn (Oddities) will demonstrate the inner workings of his very own exploded (or “Beauchene”) human skeletal preparation; and Filmmaker-in-residence Ronni Thomas will share his collection of 19th century stereoscopic Diableries. There will also be wine and cheese, music by DJ in residence Friese Undine, and a slideshow of photos by Joanna Ebenstein of extraordinary private collections from around the world.

Find out more about this exhibition and the Morbid Anatomy Museum at: http://morbidanatomy.bigcartel.com/product/the-morbid-anatomy-collector-s-cabinet-preview-party.

You can find out more about the exhibition here: http://morbidanatomymuseum.org/exhibitions

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