Wunderkammer: A Taxidermy Showcase and Competition
Judged By: Ryan and Regina Cohn, George A. Dante JR., Katie Innamorato, Robert Marbury, Hosted By: Baron Ambrosia, Divya Anantharaman
Thursday · October 25, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Bell House
$10 adv / $12 dos
This event is 21 and over
**Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.
Join us as New York City’s best artists and taxidermists fill you with awe and wonder as they compete in a spectacular showcase of the beautiful and bizarre. A cabinet of curiosities come to life! Celebrate the art and science of taxidermy with your hosts for the night Baron Ambrosia, the Explorer’s Club culinary ambassador notorious for his annual wild game dinners, and Divya Ananthraman, NYC’s award winning taxidermist, world traveling instructor, and coauthor of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion, as it may be a stuffy affair!
All ticketed guests will receive a special gift at the door. All advance tickets are automatically entered in a raffle to win a variety of skulls, taxidermy, taxidermy classes, and more. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased day of.
In addition to taxidermy, the evenings festivities will include-
Learn Taxidermy-Resources for those interested and inspired by the show to learn taxidermy on their own!
Purveyors of strange and unusual trinkets!
Wild make up by Daylin Laine (IG @daylinlainemua)-let a master of makeup transform you into something FIERCE.
Logo design by Erika Harada (IG @mori.tori)
COMPETITON SHOWCASE CATEGORIES-
Do you conjure creatures that would make Linnaeus lose his mind? This category is for all of your mythical beasts! Hybrids, gaffs, and everything in between.
For those who painstakingly embroider rosettes on frilly rabbit knickers, or craft the perfectly sized pints for your squirrels pub diorama, this is your category!
If you're tired of chewing the fat and would rather get down to the bones, your original skeletal and bone art belongs here.
Are you the type of creature who thrives on performing your elaborate courtship ritual for a rapt audience? You betta WERK! This category is for any and all performers who use taxidermy, bones, and related objects in their act. Acts should be no longer than 3 minutes.
Always dressed to impress, and ready to get wild. This category is for wearable works of bone and taxidermy art.
Born a little different, but still beautiful in its own way. This category is for natural oddities (i.e. two headed calves). Modern, vintage, and antique mounts are welcome in this category.
A Fine Vintage
Whether or not you believe some things get better with time, we can all agree they don’t make them like they used to. This category is for unique taxidermy, bone, and wildlife art created earlier than 1980.
Do you have something that does not fit in any of the other categories? Surprise us!
Awards will be given for each category, ALL categories are eligible for Best in Show, First Runner up, Second Runner up.
CALL TO ARTISTS
Artists and Collectors! Are you interested in showing off your wildest works and winning fabulous prizes? Please read our submission guide, and enter your works! This competition is open to everyone from anywhere!
In order to create an unforgettable audience experience, our showcase will be curated to a limited number of participants. Please submit your entries using our Google form LINKED HERE https://goo.gl/forms/FvBEMGsTGRboAiTT2
All entries must be received by 10/5/2018 via the Google Form. NO EXCEPTIONS. You may send photos of nearly finished work as long as you have reference or clear descriptions of what will be added. Acceptances will be sent by 10/10/2018.
Please do not bring pieces in addition to your submission. If you need to edit or add to your submission, please email us!
Judging will take place on the day of the show, awards will be based ONLY on the pieces presented day of the show.
Contestants can submit more than one piece. However, each piece may only be entered in one category. Best of Show and Runners Up will be judged from ALL entries in ALL categories.
All pieces must be clean and properly preserved. We strongly encourage beginners and nontraditional artists to enter, however we will not show any work that is rotting, odorous, or otherwise improperly preserved. Out of respect for your fellow artists and judges!
With exceptions of Anatomic Anomaly and A Fine Vintage, all pieces must be original works by you. Please notify us if you are presenting on someone else’s behalf.
All specimens must be legal. If any paperwork or permits are necessary, please have them on hand.
Contestants will come to the stage to present their pieces. Please be prepared to talk about your piece, and to carry your piece onto the stage safely. You are welcome to have friends assist you. Please notify us if you will need extra assistance.
We want all artists to enjoy themselves and have a great time in this friendly competition! Unsportsmanlike conduct will NOT be tolerated.
Please direct ALL inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaming up with cinema giants Alamo Drafthouse, “House of Wax” was created and added to their newest Brooklyn location opening its doors in October 2016. You can now visit this unique museum and bar while also enjoying a finely crafted cocktail.
In 2014, Ryan met his now wife Regina Marie Cohn. After spending over 15 years in the fashion industry, she left her job to dedicate her time to work alongside Ryan and run their own business.
They founded the "Oddities Flea Market" in 2016. A market-place focusing on skulls, skeletons, taxidermy, medical tools, scientific instruments, anatomical preparations, apothecary, and anything odd and unusual. Its received a tremendous response toting over 3500 customers over a given weekend.
Together they scour the world searching for the most unique, odd and unusual antiques to add to their vast museum and to offer for sale to the public.
Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Living,
NPR, Scientific American, Atlas Obscura, Popular Science, Treasures of New York, National Geographic Explorer, and more. Recently George and his team have also become recognized as leaders in the restoration and conservation of older taxidermy and museum dioramas. His work
continues to advance the way collections are restored by bridging the gap between classical taxidermy and fine art conservation. In addition to being the recipient of numerous awards, George is also served many years an NTA certified judge and instructor with several publications in his
field. His clients include some of the most prestigious institutions and organizations in the world, such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, The Field Museum, National Geographic, Oxford University, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and more.
In 2016 Fornal tracked down the lost skull of African American slave rebellion leader Nat Turner and repatriated it to the Turner descendants. The relic had been missing since 1831. Fornal is currently working on several other high profile relic repatriation projects. Every year he produces the Bronx Game Dinner, an event that introduces eaters from around the world to traditional indigenous protein sources such as skunk, porcupine, coyote, and raccoon.
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215