The Morbid Anatomy Museum is one of those institutions that makes Brooklyn, well, Brooklyn. Where else can you catch a lecture about psychedelics, get your hands dirty picking at corpses, and mingle with other brooding singles? We’re guessing nowhere, at least not in this dimension. That’s why it’s fitting the institution of esoteric knowledge, that has amassed a loyal community of followers who share a gothy disposition and twisted curiosities, plans to celebrate the first year inside the Gowanus home where it’s been pumping out creepy programming and hosting deathly exhibitions almost nonstop. Care to party with them? Step right up to the Festival of Arcane Knowledge and ensuing Devil’s Masquerade happening Saturday, July 18.
We recently squeezed our way into Morbid Anatomy‘s sold-out lecture “Psychedelics & Death” presented by Dr. Neal Goldsmith, a New York City-based psychotherapist who practices what he calls “psychedelic-inspired therapy.” He’s also the author of Psychedelic Healing. Until recently this topic might have seemed fit only for people with Alex Grey posters on their dorm room wall and aging hippies. And of course radical artists, like Melanie Bonajo, who are concerned with the ways in which ayahuasca could maybe be reasonably adapted into Western society.
“Are you dying to show off your knowledge of death, diseases and afflictions?”
Despite the invite, no one who attended Morbid Anatomy‘s Singles Night was completely ghastly. “I swear, I’m actually nice,” Ava Forte Vitali, the resident Egyptologist, told us last night.
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Since we profiled Divya Anantharaman and her taxidermy shoes last summer, she’s become a “taxidermist in residence” at Morbid Anatomy, an enterprise dedicated to “cool stuff that’s at the intersection of art, science, and death.”
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