Friends, fans of Observatory, nerd-party people: Lend me your ears. Our good friend Joanna Ebenstein, curator of the Morbid Anatomy Library, has suffered some losses to her wonderfully weird archive due to a fire and flood in our little gallery. To amend the sitch, she’s hosting a big gala benefit on June 30. Presently appear all the deetz. See you there!
RESURRECTION! A Gala Benefit to Rebuild The Morbid Anatomy Library, Saturday, June 30, 8 PM
For those of you who might not have already heard, on Good Friday of this year, The Morbid Anatomy Library suffered a mighty and devastating deluge. On Saturday, Saturday, June 30th, Observatory and Morbid Anatomy will host an epic and underground-star-studded rebuilding gala, and we would love to see you there.
The fête will be hosted by Evan Michelson of The Science Channel’s Oddities and cult writer and luminary Mark Dery, and will feature mini-lectures by such luminaries as Mike Zohn and Ryan Mathews of Oddities; Melissa Milgrom, author of Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy; New York Magazine’s Mark Jacobson; Carl Schoonover, author of Portraits of the Mind, and many more. The silent auction to follow will include works by such amazing artists and makers as Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Robert Marbury, Sophie Blackall, Jessica Joslin, Paul Koudounaris, Sue Jeiven, Daisy Tainton, Sigrid Sarda, Saul Chernick, Nicholas Kahn, Laura Splan, Alex Kanevsky, Erika Larsen, Shannon Taggart, and Justine Cooper.
Full details follow, and invitation can be found here.
If you can not join us at the benefit and are interested in aiding in rebuilding efforts, here are a few things you can do:
- Make a monetary donation; to do so, simply click on the black “Donate Here” button on the top right hand side of this blog
- Sponsor a book; Click here to see a list of damaged books; books purchased here will automatically ship directly to The Library and populate our sadly empty shelves.
- Help spread the word!
- Donate new books or artifacts for the collection: Mailing Address: Joanna Ebenstein, c/o The Morbid Anatomy Library, 543 Union Street #1E, Brooklyn, NY, 1121
Thanks so much! And hope to see you soon at a bigger, better Morbid Anatomy Library very very soon!