DELVE: Death + Art

This event’s theme is Death + Art.  With all of our events we curate interdisciplinary talks and performances that include a variety of artists and creatives who give presentations prior to an evening of mingling over drinks. For DELVE: Death + Art, we are interested in how artists may transcend literal or personal experience to examine such topics as war, obsolescence, the “death” of materials through loss of function, decay or disintegration, or how death and the past can be reframed in the present to create a spectacle, an oddity, or an educational experience. It is our hope that this exploration of death will result in a new creation. Through multiple platforms (the event, our blog, and social media), we will share the many ways that artists and thinkers may create a beginning from an end. We hope you can join us on this journey!

Over the next month, we will be sharing links, interviews, and guest blog posts by artists and creatives who deal with this topic in a wide variety of ways. Please be sure to follow us on social media and use the hashtag #delvedeath, if you have anything to share!

The night of the event, we have two artists who will be sharing their practice with us:

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla

Spencer Merolla is an artist working in the medium of human hair. She has been making art as long as she can remember, beginning with obsessively coloring on the little cardboard inserts that come in packages of hosiery--and also on the walls of her childhood bedroom. Her interest in Victoriana stems from growing up in a sprawling, drafty Victorian house in Larchmont, NY and from being dragged by her mother to lectures with such scintillating titles as "Edith Wharton's Influence on Homes and Gardens."

Her recent work revisits the Victorian practice of sentimental hairwork from a contemporary perspective, investigating its emotional and performative aspects. Shifting attitudes toward mourning and death make the Victorian practice at odds with modern sensibilities, and this discordance offers an opportunity to reflect on our modern-day conventions of grief and remembrance.

She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum

Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assitant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL).  And in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Allegra La Viola (NYC), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO) & Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA).

About the venue:

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum hosts the kind of temporary exhibitions that very few larger museums can produce; shows both large and small, drawing on private and public collections and calling on the scholarship and expertise of the greater Morbid Anatomy community. Our permanent collection houses a research library of over 1,000 books as well as artifacts such as memorial artworks, medical moulages, wax embryological models, natural history specimens, and a variety of uncanny artworks and artifacts from around the world.



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