Entomology and thanatology will meet during this upcoming one-evening event discussing creepy crawlies. What’s with the relationship between humans and insects when it pertains to death and dying? Learn about the symbolism and myth, customs and art with local experts. In mid-December, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Atlas Obscura and Evi Numen are teaming up to “bring a night of education after hours on the after life!”
Evi Numen is an artist, curator, and independent researcher. She held the position of Exhibitions Manager & Designer at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia from 2009 to 2016. During this time, Numen organized, designed and installed multiple exhibitions at the Mütter Museum, as well as curated their contemporary medicine-themed art shows. She is the founder and curator of thanatography.com, an online exhibition of contemporary mourning art and writing, and is currently working as a death doula. Numen’s focus of research is on cultural and historical attitudes towards death and dying.
Dr. John Cambridge is a entomologist and the creator & CEO of the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. His specialty is with invasive insect ecology and population monitoring techniques but he has a background in public health, vector control, and integrated pest management as well. In his spare time, he dabbles with taxidermy and a variety of other educational display techniques as well as consulting on the creation of new exhibits at other museums. Dr. Cambridge will be opening up the Insectarium to allow attendees to get up close and personal with many of their multi-legged inhabitants.
Tickets are still available for this event and can be purchased via the link to Atlas Obscura below.