Date: Saturday, May 9th
Admission: Free ( Due to the limited capacity of our space, we will only distribute 65 tickets for the event starting 7.30. First Arrived, First Served ! )
*** Copies of Paul Koudounaris' New Book "Memento Mori will be on Sale at this event
A Raffle of Paul Koudounaris's some printed photographs will be done at this event.
Dr. Paul Koudounaris, the author of Heavenly Bodies and The Empire of Death, returns to Morbid Anatomy to give a talk on his latest and greatest necrophiliac tome, Memento Mori. Unlike his previous books, this new volume is global in scope, and represents the best and most fascinating sites he has documented over the past decade. From Ethiopian burial caves, to gilded Asian mummies, to Bolivian skull festivals, this talk will be plunge the audience headfirst into a gloriously macabre rabbit hole, inviting them to places seldom visited and even less frequently documented. Memento Mori is a visual tour de force, and this talk will likewise be sumptuously illustrated with an accompanying slideshow. The author claims that with the publication of Memento Mori as his magnum opus, he is done with ossuary photography ("unless they discover charnel houses on the Moon, there's really nowhere else for me to go with it," he says), and this will be his only talk in New York on the book.
Dr. Paul Koudounaris holds a PhD in Art History (UCLA) and has taught classes at numerous universities and published in magazines throughout the world. He is the author of The Empire of Death, the first illustrated history of charnel houses and religious sanctuaries decorated with human bone. Named one of the ten best books of 2011 (London Evening Standard), it has garnered international attention for its combination of unique historical research and stunning photography. His latest book is Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs.