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Black and Red Love Pumps

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Motorboat Red Love Pump

Motorboat Black Love Pump

These are tough little 3″ Love Pump Dunny’s specially created by Motorbot.  Unfortunately there were only a limited number available for purchase and they’re currently sold out.  Would love to get these guys in the Street Anatomy store!

[spotted by Carolyn via SpankyStokes]

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Amy Guidry is In Our Veins

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Amy Guidry skeleton

Amy Guidry circulatory

Amy Guidry gophers

“Guidry walks a conscious line between the cerebral and a traditional, formal approach to making an image. While visually speaking the language of free association, a kind of description of dreams rather than a capturing of dream-like images, Guidry’s works tell a unique, contemporary story. What sets her apart from many neo-surrealists is that she is not imitating Dali, Ernst, or even de Chirico, but rather, speaking their language. Completing the package, Guidry’s paintings are smart, methodical, and contemporary.”

– The Studio Chronicle, David Burns Smith, Interview, 2010

To check out more from this collection and the rest of Amy Guidry’s work, head to her website, amyguidry.com.

[images via The Cultural Pick and Beautiful Decay]

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

"Anatomical Venuses, Slashed Beauties, and Three Fetuses Dancing a Jig," Lecture, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, This Tuesday, March 1st

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm


If anyone out there has plans to be in or around the lovely city of Cleveland, Ohio this Tuesday, March 1, why not come by the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum to take in an illustrated introduction I will be delivering on the the topic of medical museums?

The lecture–entitled “Anatomical Venuses, Slashed Beauties, and Three Fetuses Dancing a Jig?”–is open to the general pubic and, to the best of my knowledge, free to attend. The lecture is scheduled to being and 6:00 PM and will be followed by a reception at 7:00 PM.

Full details follow; would love to see you there!

Anatomical Venuses, Slashed Beauties, and Three Fetuses Dancing a Jig:
An Illustrated Journey into the Curious World of Medical Museums
Date: March 1, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM Powell Room, 2nd floor
Reception: 7:00 PM, in the Percy Skuy Gallery, of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum (Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue).
Please RSVP by February 25th, phone 216-368-3648, or e-mail [email protected]

In April 2007 Joanna Ebenstein created a fascinating blog, Morbid Anatomy, where she has since been “surveying the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture.” Medical museums, like the Dittrick, provide much of the content for Morbid Anatomy. But Ebenstein has cast her net still further, exploring arcane and curious collections across Europe and the UK. She’ll be sharing with us her take on the often macabre and sometimes beautiful fruit of that search. From wax moulages of syphilitics in Paris to obstetric models in Bologna, and from pathology specimens in London to fetal skeletons in Leiden, Ebenstein explores the wonder of things found in medical museums. In the process, she will offer insights on the psychology of collecting, and reveal the secret life of objects and collections in these intriguing spaces.

Lecture: 6:00 PM Powell Room, 2nd floor, Reception: 7:00 PM, in the Percy Skuy Gallery, of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum (Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue).

Parking is available in the visitors lot under Severance Hall.

Full info available here.

Image: The Bolognese “Venerina,” Anatomical Venus, Clemente Susini, 1780-1782, housed at the Museo di Palazzo Poggi in Bologna, Italy where the Venerina is housed; More on that here.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Mütter Museum Masquerade Ball, Friday, March 11

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

The pleasure of your company is respectfully requested at the 3rd Annual Mütter Museum Masquerade Ball taking place on Friday, March 11th and commemorating the 200th birthday of the illustrious Mütter Museum founder Thomas Dent Mutter.

Full details follow; very much hope to see you there!

3rd Annual Mütter Masquerade Ball
Date: Friday, March 11
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Mütter Museum/College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Mütter Masquerade Ball!

Join us for an evening marked by fabulous costumes, great food and drink, and a birthday cake befitting the founding benefactor of the Mütter Museum,
whose 200th birthday is March 11.

Whether you sport a Victorian ensemble, or a gilded Victorian mask, we encourage you to have fun and be creative. For those who choose the timeless fashion of cocktail attire, no worries, we will provide masks at the door.

TICKETS:
General Admission: $75
9:00pm – 12:30am
Masquerade dance party with live band and a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, “The Mütter” signature cocktail, and beer & wine bar.

VIP: $125
9:00pm – 12:30am
Exclusive access to VIP Lounge featuring the Alchemy Cocktail Lab, a full bar, and a generous buffet.
Includes a complimentary dance lesson the week of the Ball.
– Once your order has been processed, the College will contact you with registration information for the complimentary dance lesson.

The Sumptuous Feast: $250
7:00pm – 12:30am
Join us for the entire evening beginning with a cocktail reception, followed by a Victorian-inspired dinner, and full access to everything! (Black Tie/Masquerade)
Includes a complimentary dance lesson the week of the Ball.
– Once your order has been processed, the College will contact you with registration information for the complimentary dance lesson.

You can purchase tickets–and find out more information–by clicking here.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

The Skeleton in Spanish Pulp Fiction Book Covers, 1935-1954

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm








You can see a complete collection of book covers–well worth it!–and find out more at the El Desvan del Abuelito blog by clicking here. Click on images to see larger versions of each.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

"The Carnival of Death: Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas," 3-Day Conference and Exhibition, University College London, Feb 24-26

Posted: February 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm


“The Carnival of Death: Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas”–a 3-day exhibition and conference at University College London–launches today! The exhibition features the artwork of Laurie Lipton–who’s “Santa Muerte” is shown above, just in time for tonight’s event of the same name –as well as that of Matt Rowe, Sarah Sparkes and many more. The conference spans such topics as Helen Frisby’s “revelry and rivalry in the nineteenth century English folk funeral,” Adriana Bontea’s “The Merry Epitaph and the Art of Memory,” and our old friend John Troyer’s (familiar sounding?) “Morbid Ink: Field Notes on the Human Memorial Tattoo.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public; Although the interdisciplinary conference is also listed as free and open, registration was supposed to have taken place by Friday February 11th, so not sure if one can still beg their way in or not but, from a glance at the program, thinking it might be worth a try.

THE CARNIVAL OF DEATH
Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas
Conference and Exhibition dates: 24-26 Feb 2011
Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Keynote speakers: Briony Campbell, Paul Preston, Laurie Lipton

Kindly sponsored by the John Coffin Trust Fund and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London.

Please note that completed registration forms and fees MUST be received by Friday, 11th February 2011

The exhibition is free and open to all
Opening times: Thursday & Friday, 9am – 6pm, Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Jessel Room, Senate House South Block
Artists include Colette Copeland, David Glyn, Erik and Rune Eriksson, Spiros Jacovides, Laurie Lipton, Matt Rowe, Sarah Sparkes

In the most general terms death is defined as the final and irreversible cessation of the vital functions in an organism, the ending of life. However, the precise definition of death and the exact time of the transition from life to death differ according to culture, religion and legal system.

The essential insecurities and doubts over the nature and state of death have affected cultural production since the beginning of civilization. Likewise our attitude towards death is characterised by anxieties and ambiguities. ‘On the one hand the horror of death drives us off, for we prefer life; on the other an element at once solemn and terrifying fascinates us and disturbs us profoundly,’ writes George Bataille. Death can be ‘a consummation devoutly to be wished’ to say it with Hamlet, or ‘a wonderful gain’ to quote Schopenhauer. But while philosophers and poets explore the dark attraction of death, in everyday life we push all thought of it aside. Death, and above all our own death, must not impinge upon the living.

From the beginning of Modernism death and the dying have been pushed from the centre of family and community to the edges of society. The hygienic, clean and sterile spaces of hospitals, hospices and morgues have replaced the intimacy of the home, while cemeteries have been moved from the centre of town to the outskirts. The progress in medical science has lead to an increase in life expectancy in the Western world resulting in an ever ageing population – it seems as though we have almost found a cure for death. Medical apparatus now allow us to keep a body alive and prolong physical existence even after the brain has died – but what then does it mean to be human and how can we die in a humane way? Recent cases of assisted suicide of terminally ill people have sparked off discussions in the UK around the right to die and the dignity of death.

Meanwhile changes in religious believes and practices are turning ancient traditions into commercial enterprises and festivities such as Halloween parties or Mexico’s Día de los muertos or Rio de Janeiro’s carnival , which are marketed as major tourist attractions. Western societies no longer have the time or the space to mourn as they used to. Rather the public mourning and posthumous apotheosis of celebrities such as Princess Di or more recently Michael Jackson appear to have taken the place of the private. Here mourning has become public spectacle, international and accessible to all via TV, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

This conference sets out to look at death in the contemporary world and how changes in society since the turn of the 19th century have affected our perceptions of death. It consists of three broad themes which interconnect with each other: Death and Desire; Death and Power; and Rituals and Customs. We invite papers from a wide variety of disciplines and approaches such as: anthropology, art history, cultural studies, film studies, fine art, history, law, literary studies, philosophy, psychology, theology, etc.

F0r more info, and a full line-up, click here. To download the exhibition catalog, click here. Thanks to participant John Troyer and blogger Suzanne G for alerting me to this event.

Image: Santa Muerte by Laurie Lipton, charcoal & pencil on paper, 2011; click view larger, more detailed version.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith


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