September 28 – November 17
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
From Catholicism’s Madonna Dolorosa to the Victorian “cult of the dead” to professional weepers, women have been responsible for many of the traditions, rituals and duties associated with mourning. In this exhibition, Morbid Anatomy’s Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier will explore the relationship between grief and femininity through art, craft, and material culture from around the world.
Please note location: Entrance via The Fort Hamilton Gate House, located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, easily accessible on the F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station. If arriving at the main entrance (25th Street and 5th Avenue) the Gate House is approximately a 25 minute walk through the Cemetery.
Don’t forget to visit the Morbid Anatomy Library as well, free and open to the public during the exhibition on the second floor of the Gate House.
The Morbid Anatomy Library
Founded in 2008, The Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks, pieces of ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. It originated as a project in residence at Proteus Gowanus, and was also on view at The Morbid Anatomy Museum from 2014 – 2016.
This iteration of the library is dedicated to our beloved friend Mel Gordon (1947 – 2018); Trickster, rogue scholar of the obscure and the maligned, and an inspiration without whom Morbid Anatomy as it is today would not exist. He is very much missed.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Ladies of Sorrow in the Catholic Tradition
December 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This evening’s talk focuses on the presence of the Sorrowful Mother in art and popular culture, from the Italian peninsula to immigrant communities in the United States. Mallorie Vaudoise will explore how this figure maintains both a privileged status in official Catholic teaching as well as a peculiar power in folk practices.
Vaudoise is a NYC-based spiritualist of Italian descent. She is also the author of Italian Folk Magic, a blog about devotional practices from Southern Italy and Sicily.