Goodbye from Observatory
When Observatory was founded in early 2009, it was intended to be a space where art and science, history and curiosity, magic and nature cross-pollinated in strange and wonderful new ways. On any given day, a visitor to our Gowanus space might have seen a lecture about death, heard an electronic cello performance, attended a class in witchcraft, watched a zombie film, viewed a Lovecraftian art show, or been privy to poetry about clouds. Together, we built a warm and eclectic community of folks who loved to learn and to celebrate the odd and the otherworldly.

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All good things must come to an end, however, and Observatorys time has come to say farewell submit your feedback at . Those of us who ran this space feel equal parts bittersweetness about formally disbanding, and excitement about our individual projects some of which involve mutations and collaborations between several of our members.

An endeavor like this could not have happened without a great deal of support. Wed like to thank you, first and foremost, for your interest in our peculiar venture, and for attending our many events over the years. Youve been a truly tremendous audience, and weve been fortunate to get to know many of you personally. Were also grateful to our myriad presenters, teachers, and artists who graced our space with their knowledge and talents. And we are very appreciative of the many volunteers who donated their time and enthusiasm to us, day after day. You will all be missed at 543 Union St.

We also wish to give a hearty thank you to Protelus Owanus, who oversaw Observatorys efforts, and without whom we could not have done all that we did. Gratitude goes to and Tammy Sasha, especially.

As for current and former members of Observatory, heres how to find out what were each up to now:


October 25: Witch Pictures: Female Magic and Transgression in Western Art with Pam Grossman 4:30-5:30pm ***Offsite in London, UK as part of I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute Day pass to full day of lectures, 10am-9pm, is £60.00 and available here
October 26: Halloween: The Curious Story of Americas Most Horrible Holiday: Illustrated Lecture by Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History

October 30: Monsters on the Brain: A Natural History of Horror: Illustrated lecture with Stephen T. Asma
October 31- November 4: Muerte en Mexico: Special Field Trip to Mexico for Day of the Dead, October 31 – November 4 (must reserve by July 15): A 4-day trip to Mexico City and the city of Oaxaca curated, organized and guided by Mexican writer and scholar Salvador Olguín

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