The Morbid Anatomy Library

Photo by Shannon Taggart

Photo by Shannon Taggart

The Morbid Anatomy Library can be visited September 28 - November 17, 2019, Saturdays and Sundays, 12 - 5 at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery's Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. 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.

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 art and death, 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.

You can find out more about The Morbid Anatomy Library on News 12 New Jersey as well as in Bklyner, Vogue UK, CNNNewsweekTime Out New York, The Huffington Post, Fox NewsNewsweekRocketboom MediaCreate Culture, and WPIX's Toni On! New York. You can also view an illustrated lecture about the library.


The Fort Hamilton Gatehouse is right inside the Fort Hamilton gate of Green-Wood Cemetery, located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, easily accessible on the F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station or Church Street Station. If arriving at the main entrance (25th Street and 5th Avenue) the Gate House is approximately a 25 minute walk through the Cemetery. The exhibition is not handicap accessible.