Festival of Medical History and the Arts at the New York Academy of Medicine

A day of talks, demonstrations, workshops, back-stage tours, screenings and spectacles playing along the intersections of medicine and the humanities; co-curated by Morbid Anatomy and Lawrence Weschler
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM (Open-bar after Party from 7-9PM)
*** OFFSITE AT The New York Academy of Medicine (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029)
Admission: Free and no registration necessary except for classes and party, for which click here
Full schedule here

This all day, open-to-the-public “Wonder Cabinet and Medical History Festival” will include lectures, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations and, at the end of the day, an after-party featuring medical films from the National Library of Medicine, the music of DJ Friese Undine, and an open bar.

The event will feature over a dozen speakers–among them neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, cultural critic Mark Dery, Portraits of the Mind author Carl Schoonover, the National Library of Medicine’s Michael Sappol, media historian Amy Herzog, historian Daniel Margocsy, medical illustrator Marie Dauenheimer and Cranioklepty author Colin Dickey–expounding on topics including (but not limited to!) 18th century wax anatomical models; Books bound in human skin; Charles Wilson Peale and the first American museum; “Cranioklepty” or the stealing of famous skulls; Reflections on death and the art of the tableau; Pre-modern neuroscience; and “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to make their own Dance of Death linoleum cuts, draw from real anatomical specimens and/or animal skeletons, try their hand at the arcane art of carbon dust medical illustration, witness a demonstration of medical wax moulage, and learn about the musculoskeletal system via an “anatomy performance” using a live model.

They will also have the opportunity to explore the fantastic inner spaces of this incredible (see above) and under-seen New York landmark.

You can see a full schedule by clicking here; You can find out more about the classes and party–and register–at the links below:

Carbon Dust Drawing Workshop, Featuring Real Anatomical Specimens
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Comparative Anatomy: Animals and the Fundamentals of Drawing Weekend Workshop
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Dance of Death by Hans Holbein
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Dissection and Drawing Workshop With Real Anatomical Specimens
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Wonder Cabinet and Medical History Festival After Party
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