Prehistoric footprints trace a path through ancient caves. Mummies, bog bodies and people turned to soap fill pathological collections. From shrunken heads and fine wines rescued from shipwrecks, manuscripts miraculously saved from destruction to mammoth meat savored after centuries, we’re exploring the ways in which we seek to save the past from the ravages of time.
Join us for an evening examining stories of religious relics, preserved parts, secrets of the curatorial arts, and the fetish for human heads.
Hernan Pelassini ~ Headhunting, Tsantsas & How to Shrink a Human Head
Sean Sanford ~ Dried, Stuffed & Displayed: Making Art Out of Dead People
Kelly Jensen ~ Preserving Film Archives (Or, Why Vinegar is Bad for the Animal of the Week)
Daen de Leon ~ The Mummy’s Curse: Wrapped up in Myth
Annetta Black ~ Salvaged Spirits: Shipwreck Scotch & the World’s Oldest Wine
KC Crowell ~ Don’t Call it Salami: The Science of Delicious Preserved Meatstuffs
Advance tickets recommended and appreciated
Odd Salon is an evening series of cocktail hour lectures in San Francisco, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.