Mistress of Death: Morbid Anatomy Museum Announces First Annual Saint Florian Gowanus Pageant

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The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York is just one of those magical places that make me wish I lived closer to New York. They have announced that they will be celebrating Saint Florian Gowanus with a pageant, procession and Variety Show…like you do.

Saint Sebastian (left) and Saint Florian (right). Oil painting by an Austrian painter, 18th (?) century. Wellcome Library.

Saint Sebastian (left) and Saint Florian (right). Oil painting by an Austrian painter, 18th (?) century. Wellcome Library.

Here is the official word from the fantastic folks at the Morbid Anatomy Museum:

SCHEDULE:
2:30 Procession beginning at The Morbid Anatomy Museum (424A Third Avenue, Brooklyn 11215)
3:00-6:00 Variety Show, Cocktails and Shuffleboard at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union St, Brooklyn, 11215)

Admission: $20 (includes free admission to the Morbid Anatomy Museum before the procession)

TWO Locations:procession begins at the Morbid Anatomy Museum (424A Third Avenue, Brooklyn 11215); party at OFFSITE at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union St, Brooklyn, 11215);

Please join us for the first annual pageant and procession in honor of Saint Florian, patron saint of flooding! Gowanusites are keenly aware that their livelihoods rely on keeping the good favor of Gowanus Canal. By reviving a lost ritual to honor Saint Florian, The Morbid Anatomy Museum hopes to draw attention to the predicament of this improbably gentrifying neighborhood and encourage new rituals to serve as a basis for a new community, all with a sense of whimsy and spectacle.

The day will begin with a procession in which we will carry a papier mâché effigy of Saint Florian from the Morbid Anatomy Museum to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court (about a 10 minute walk).

At the Shuffleboard Court, guests will enjoy a special $4 “Gowanus Canal Juice” cocktails and complementary shuffleboard, as well as a three-hour variety show of short acts inspired by the Gowanus (key words: the monstrous, mutated, polluted, toxic, abject, lost causes, mob deaths, gonorrhea). The show will begin with a lecture by E. P. Bell (graduate student, Rutgers University) tracing the roots of this lost ritual and how it was discovered.

The show will begin with a lecture by E. P. Bell (graduate student, Rutgers University) tracing the roots of this ritual and how it was discovered.

Following will be a two and a half hour program consisting of short films curated by Imagine Science Films at the intersections of art, science and the grotesque; a short talk by Forensic Pathologist Jay Stahl-Herz, MD on the post-mortem challenges presented by bodies found in water; comedian and musician Jessica Delfino with a stirring rendition of “Ghosts of Oysters Past;” Erin Chapman with “A Short Illustrated Bestiary of the Gowanus;” a talk about the complexities involved in finding the right patron saint for one’s profession and  sword swallowing demonstration by Lady Aye; a talk by urban explorer Will Ellis (Abandoned NYC) about The Batcave, a famous Gowanus abandoned space; and Jonah Patrick King’s film “the Dowsers,” which follows a New Age activist cult who worship water in a world where it has been privatized. There will also be films by Guilherme Marcondes (Caveirão) and Nicole Antebi (Riparianism); music by Kim Boekbinder; an illustrated lecture by Professor Amy Herzog; and more!

 

 

You can buy tickets for August 16, 2015 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2074344

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