Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open

Last year was fantastic with over 1000 people attending. Bazaar has posted the call for entries. Due by Sept 15th! Competition is good for the soul. we have trophies!

Bazaar is pleased to team up with The Walters Art Museum to curate the 2nd Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open on Oct. 6th, 2016!

The Baltimore Taxidermy Open (BTO) is a competition for taxidermists and collectors who have unusual rogue or fantasy items in their body of work or collections. 

The event will also feature lectures by Dr. Joneath Spicer, curator of The Chamber of Wonders at The Walters Art Museum, and Robert Marbury, author of bestselling Taxidermy Art, as well as a demonstration by Divya Anantharaman, award-winning rogue taxidermist and educator.

Last year's competition featured works from nearly twenty individuals from near and far and drew a crowd of nearly one thousand attendees.  We are expecting similar or greater numbers this year.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including Best in Show, Best Anthropomorphic, Best of Bones, Best of Bugs, Best Rogue, Best Mixed Media, and more!

Click here to apply!

Anyone interested in applying to participate must fill out this application before September 15th.

 

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Sep
24
5:30 PM17:30

The Stoop Storytelling Series @ the Baltimore Book Festival

The Stoop Storytelling Series presents “The Story Behind the Story: Adventures with Baltimore Writers," a live show at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival featuring 7 local scribes telling true, personal tales about researching, reporting, and writing that never make it onto the page. 

For more information on other story tellers or other details visit the Baltimore Book Festival event page

DATE: September 24, 2016
TIME: 5:30-7PM
LOCATION: Literary Salon

Afterwards, please join me for the Season X launch party at Single Carrot Theater

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Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Taxidermy Iconoclast (illustrated lecture) @ Morbid Anatomy

Lecture

The Taxidermy Iconoclast: Taxidermy for a New Century.
An Illustrated Lecture with Robert Marbury, author of Taxidermy Art

Date: Friday, September 2nd
Time: 7pm
Admission: $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

It has been twelve years since the term "Rogue Taxidermy" was coined, transforming the conversation of alternative taxidermy. Co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy, Robert Marbury will present an illustrated presentation on the changes in alternative taxidermy, taxidermy in art, as well as the role taxidermy in popular culture since 2004. Admission includes a post-talk walk through of the taxidermy exhibition.

Purchase tickets through Morbid Anatomy here.

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Obscura Day at the Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs
Apr
16
3:00 PM15:00

Obscura Day at the Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs

This Obscura Day, join WONDER COMMONS for a private tour of the Westminster Burying Ground, the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe (as well as Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, William Henry Leonard Poe, General David Poe, Sr. and James Calhoun)! Tour will feature stores of body-snatching, the Poe Toaster and cemetery life. Photography encouraged. 

Tour starts at 3pm sharp at the Poe Memorial at the corner of Fayette and Greene. Street parking available, and tour will last at least 1.5 hours. 

Tour is sold out. Please email/messenger here to be included in the Wonder Commons mailing list to hear about programming first. 

 

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Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Wonder Commons Presents Diorama-Rama Deux

Wonder Commons presents Diorama-Rama Deux, a celebration of creative storytelling inside the box. Join us in our second year as we compete for awards and celebrate what can be seen through the miniature. Introductory Diorama demonstration by artist Jim Doran.
Beer generously provided by Diamondback Brewing Company.

DIORAMA:
Must be smaller than 3 feet at longest side. Can contain electricity, moving parts or be static. Judges will be looking for clarity of story and creativity. 

THEME: 
"March Madness" - Take it as you will...

AWARDS:
Top three best Dioramas, Audience Favorite, Most Innovative Material, Most Grade School, the Cornell Prize and the Akeley Award.

JUDGES
Chris Rothe - Founder, Write Notepads & Co.
Alix Fenhagen - Managing Director, Single Carrot Theatre
DS Bakker - Model Builder
Jaime Kauffman - Program Director at Art with a Heart
Bruce Goldfarb - Writer and Nutshell Expert
Elissa Blount Moorhead - Cultural Sherpa

If you are competing with a diorama, please email robert.marbury@gmail.com to secure table space and alert us to any special needs..

***Dioramas are not mandatory to attend but are strongly encouraged!

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Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art

I am excited to be a part of this awesome survey at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. The work of 15 or so artists will be on display from Sat Jan 23rd- Sunday March 27th, 2016.

Artist Polly Morgan will be speaking at the reception on Feb 5th, 

On Feb 26th, the symposium starts with Rachel Poliquin. 

On Feb 27th, there will be presentations by Petra Lange-Berndt, A Life of Its Own: Taxidermy as Craftivism; Steve Baker, Beyond Botched Taxidermy; Stephanie Turner, Animal Skins, Photoraphic Surfaces: Taxidermy as Lens Craft; Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Fading Symbols, Disappearing Worlds: The Cultural Lives of Endagered Species; Cary Wolfe, Curating the Life/Death Relation: The Case of the Passenger Pigeon; and (at 4:30pm) Mark Dion & Robert Marbury, et. al., Playing with Dead Things: The Ethics of Animal Bodies in Art.

Artwork by Maurizio Cattelan, Kate Clark, Mark Dion, Nicholas Galanin, Thomas Grünfeld, Damien Hirst, Annette Messager, Polly Morgan, Angela Singer, Deborah Sengl; and photographers Snæbjörnsdóttir and Wilson, Karen Knorr, Richard Barnes, Jules Greenberg, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Richard Ross, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

 

 

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Baltimore Taxidermy Open @ the Walters Art Museum
Sep
3
6:00 PM18:00

Baltimore Taxidermy Open @ the Walters Art Museum

Artist and rogue taxidermist Robert Marbury will join Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art Joaneath Spicer for a talk highlighting examples of taxidermy in the museum’s Chamber of Wonders. A taxidermy demo will be presented by Divya of Friends Forever Taxidermy.  Following the talk, visitors are invited to join Bazaar Baltimore for an alternative taxidermy competition in the Sculpture Court. Photography encouraged. Trophies and Prizes will be awarded!

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Feb
28
to Mar 1

Diorama-rama

Wonder Commons presents:

Diorama-rama, a celebration of creative storytelling inside the box. Come compete for awards and celebrate what can be seen through the miniature. Beer, wine and snack provided. 
Directions to venue in the comment section.
DIORAMA:
Must be smaller than 3 feet at longest side. Can contain electricity, moving parts or be static. Judges will be looking for clarity of story and creativity. 
THEME: 
"@Last: Notable Last Moments" - This is an open theme, but each diorama must relate to the concept "At Last" in some way.
AWARDS:
Top three best Dioramas, Audience Favorite, Most Innovative Material,
Most Authentic Grade School Quality, the Cornell Prize and the Akeley Award.
***Dioramas are not mandatory to attend but are strongly encouraged!

JUDGES: 
Chris Rothe - Founder of Write Pads Co.
Alix Fenhagen - Arts Administrator and Ensemble member of Single Carrot Theater.
Bruce Goldfarb - Baltimore writer and Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death expert
other judges to be announced soon!!!

 

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Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

Wonder Commons Presents...

Join author Robert Marbury for an illustrated lecture on the history of collecting, taxidermy in art and the rise of rogue taxidermy. There will be a taxidermy quiz show, door prizes and books will be for sale. This special Baltimore event is presented by the amazing folks at 1919 and Wonder Commons.

This event is free to the public and at a bar. 21+ please.

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Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Book Event and Signing - San Francisco @Paxton Gate

Bionic fawns. Jewel-encrusted piglets.Martini-sipping winged monkeys. Let artist Robert Marbury be your guide to the denizens of the delightfully macabre world of Rogue Taxidermy. In Taxidermy Art (Artisan Books), Marbury offers the first survey of this provocative art movement, sharing over 100 pieces by today’s leading artists and illustrated workshops to inspire the budding taxidermist. Join Marbury for a special talk on the history of taxidermy, followed by a signing of his new book.

FREE, book available for sale.

 

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Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Book Signing & Event - Baltimore @Atomic Books

Sponsored by Bazaar Baltimore

Celebrate the release of Marbury’s first book at this hometown party, and hear Marbury in conversation with the fine fellows from Bazaar on the history of taxidermy.

One-hour conversation about “The return of wonder and the rise of Rogue Taxidermy,” followed by Q&A, book signing, and socializing. 

http://www.atomicbooks.com/calendar.html

FREE, book available for sale.

 

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Book Signing & Talk - Brooklyn @Morbid Anatomy Museum

  • 424 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)
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The impulse to create can come from many sources: from an art study, a desire to see something unique, or a response to maintaining a collection that needs constant repair. Taxidermy is one such collection. 

Taxidermy study has not been as easily available since the mid Victorian Era, when collections flourished and craftsmen learned to preserve animals to fill a huge demand. Today, in the Digital Age, the desire to acquire what Walter Benjamin called “the aura of one” and the return to handwork have encouraged people, who once were collectors, to start making their own collections.

In connection with Taxidermy Art, this talk will address the rise of Rogue Taxidermy through the lens of Collecting.  

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Oct
5
4:30 PM16:30

Book Launch Party - Brooklyn @Bellhouse

Taxidermy Fair & Book Release for Robert Marbury’s Taxidermy Art

Sponsored by Atlas Obscura and Morbid Anatomy Museum

Bionic fawns. Jewel-encrusted piglets. Martini-sipping winged monkeys. Let artist Robert Marbury be your guide to the denizens of the delightfully macabre world of Rogue Taxidermy. In Taxidermy Art (Artisan Books), Marbury offers the first survey of this provocative art movement, sharing over 100 pieces by today’s leading artists and illustrated workshops to inspire the budding taxidermist.

On October 5th, celebrate the release of Taxidermy Art with an exposition of fur, feathers, art, and musicFeaturing a live taxidermy demo by Katie Innamorato; a panel discussion between Marbury and artists Innamorato, and Nate Hill; and oddity booths including the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Bazaar Baltimore, Divya, Richard Santomauro Taxidermy, Tohickon Glass Eye, and many more to come. Stay late to get your signed copy of Marbury’s book and dance to the musical sounds of Band TBD.

Doors/Fair at 3pm

Demo at 5pm

Artist Panel at 6pm

Band at 7pm

Taxidermy Quiz at Band Break

$10 – Individual admission

$25 – Individual admission + copy of Taxidermy Art (an $18.95 value!)

$30 – 2 admissions + 1 copy of Taxidermy Art (an $18.95 value!) 

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