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Stuffed Kittens and Rabbit Schoolhouses: A Night Devoted to Victorian Taxidermist Walter Potter

  • The Adirondack Experience 9097 New York 30 Blue Mountain Lake, NY, 12812 United States (map)

Date: Monday, August 19
Time 5:00 pm
Admission: $5 (Tickets on sale at the door only and are on a first arrived, first served basis) .
Please note: This event will take place at the Adirondacks Experience (9097 NY-30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812)
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Tonight, join us for a special night devoted to Walter Potter, an amateur English taxidermist of no great expertise who became famous as an icon of Victorian whimsy with his anthropomorphic creations. He showcased his taxidermied creations—kitten tea parties and rabbit school houses, two-headed lambs and robins staging funerals—along with a bewildering assortment of curios in his tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, and inspired future generations of taxidermists to come.

The night will feature an Illustrated Lecture with Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy founder and co-author of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy, followed by a screening of Ronni Thomas’ award winning short documentary film Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens.

Joanna Ebenstein is a Brooklyn-based writer, curator, artist, and graphic designer. She is the creator of the Morbid Anatomy blog, library, and event series, and was cofounder and creative director of the recently shuttered Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. She is author of The Anatomical Venus, editor of Death: A Graveside Companion and co-author, with Dr. Pat Morris, of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy. Her writing and photography have been published and exhibited internationally. Her work explores the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture, and the objective and subjective.