Monday, December 14, 2009

Lights No. 2

Lights No. 2
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
Our son Declan — who will be two years old in April — is obsessed with lights of all kinds, so when it came time to decorate the Christmas tree this year he was naturally enchanted.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Drawing for feature in Mineshaft Magazine

I was invited by the publishers of Mineshaft Magazine to do a feature article on my Cabinet of Curiosities series for volume 24. The article mostly features my photographs, but as Mineshaft is a journal known for publishing drawings by cartoonists like R. Crumb, Kim Deitch, and Bill Griffith, I thought I should draw a comic-style intro to the piece.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Beautiful Human" at Haverford College

“Through individual portrayal of real and fictional people, the six artists present bodies of work that explore history, time, truth, love, faith, identity, desire, lineage, mortality, and honor.” - Shelley Spector
Curated exclusively for Haverford College by Philadelphia artist and educator Shelley Spector, founder and director of Spector Gallery/Projects, Beautiful Human presents unique explorations of human life by six Philadelphia-based artists: Donald E. Camp, Matthew Fisher, Laura Graham, Rob Matthews, Joshua Mosley, and James Mundie.

The exhibition runs in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery from Friday, 11 September through 9 October 2009. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 11th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

An artists’ panel discussion moderated by Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sharpless Auditorium of the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC).

Located in Whitehead Campus Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Open Bite

Open Bite
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
On Friday morning, I returned to the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to take more photos. The last time I was there one of my cameras was misbehaving, so much of the film I shot that day was underexposed (urgh!). I hope to have corrected that issue with new shots, but won't know until I process the film.

I was pleased to find that the Mütter had recently brought out new specimens, so what started out as a simple reshoot turned into several hours of exploration (this shot being one example).

I also did two drawings, one a sketch of part of the Hyrtl skull collection, and the other a mermaid (sirenomelia) on permanent loan from the Wistar Institute.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Soft shoulder

Soft shoulder
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
Two weeks on Cape Cod pass too quickly.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ring of Fire No. 2

Photograph from a rainy summer day in the poor man's paradise, Coney Island.

In the weeks since I took this photograph in Dreamland (the former site of Astroland) land developer Joe Sitt of Thor Equities (Coney Island's very own Big Bad Wolf) has closed down the park - weeks before the end of the season.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New drawings from Mütter Museum and elsewhere

Several new drawings from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and other medical museums have been freshly uploaded to Cabinet of Curiosities. These are sketches of interesting specimens I have found during my visits.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shock & Horror: Human Oddities and Medical Marvels

From 9 April through 9 May 2009, eighteen new photographs from James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities will be featured in Shock & Horror: Human Oddities and Medical Marvels at Todd/Browning Gallery in downtown Los Angeles CA. Jim's work will hang alongside vintage photographs by the likes of Charles Eisenmann.

A preview video of the show may be seen here.

Todd/Browning Gallery is located at 211 West 5th Street (between Spring & Broadway), Los Angeles CA 90013.

Image: What Lies Beneath [Museum Vrolik] © 2008 James G. Mundie

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Alumni Travel Grant Exhibition

Uranoscopus (Stargazer) © 2008 James G. Mundie

Alumni Travel Grant Exhibition:

Michael Froio, Jill Greenberg, James Mundie,

and Ann Northrup

February 26 – March 19, 2009
Reception: Thursday, February 26th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
237 South 18th Street, The Barclay, Suite 3A, Philadelphia PA 19103

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is pleased to present an Alumni Travel Grant Exhibition by Michael Froio, Jill Greenberg, James Mundie, and Ann Northrup. These artists have traveled everywhere from Europe to Wyoming in pursuit of their individual projects. The exhibition, presented at the Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery, opens February 26th, 2009 with an Artist Reception from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Appointments are available as well.

The Center’s Alumni Travel Grant program helps its alumni take advantage of opportunities involving travel that could have a significant positive impact on their work. Examples include apprenticeships, use of a particular facility such as a world-class foundry or print shop, residencies and international workshops, and other specific projects involving travel.

New website for "James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities" has arrived

Image: Cleft © 2008 James G. Mundie (Musée Dupuytren, Paris FR)

Sound the trumpets, and open your eyes wide in wonder! The new website for James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities is ready for visitors.

Here you will see original photographs, drawings and prints based on items from anatomy and medical museums from around the world.

Prepare to be shocked, amazed, enlightened — perhaps even mildly nauseated. Wonders abound! Nature herself is revealed!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Anatomy Specimens as Art: "Cabinet of Curiosities" featured in New Scientist

I am pleased to announce that ten of my photographs from James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities have been prominently featured by eminent magazine New Scientist. They have chosen a range of photographs from various anatomy museums in Europe, including Museum Bleulandinum and Museum Vrolik.

This momentous occasion also provides a perfect opportunity to announce that the Cabinet of Curiosities website is now ready for viewing at The site is still a work in progress, but there is plenty of material there to tuck into.

Image: Circulation © James G. Mundie 2008 (Museum Vrolik, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Flickr photostream traffic jam

In the last several days, the viewing traffic on my Flickr account has gone through the roof. My photostream normally enjoys fairly heavy viewing, averaging 2,500 views a day — but for last three days my photos have received more than 17,000 views each day. Yesterday's traffic alone exceeded the total views for the previous week.

What accounts for this sudden rise in interest? I'm not entirely certain, but much of the traffic seems to be the result of a few related blog postings:

I suppose this is proof positive of the viral effectiveness of blogging. Furthermore, this indicates great interest in the material that makes up my new body of work, Cabinet of Curiosities — the new website for which is coming soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

In transition

In transition
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
When I visited Museum Vrolik in Amsterdam last year there were several cases acting as a temporary 'holding tank' while the display was undergoing reorganization. In one dark corner I discovered these fabulous specimens.