Anatomy of a Museum
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With charm, intelligence, and humor this essay traces the history of the Icelandic Phallological Museum and visits the museum in its final months under the direction of the original collector. By its own estimation, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is the only institution in the world to seek a collection of phallic specimens from every mammal species in one country. The departure of a human donor completed the display. In this essay, readers will discover how a gag gift evolved over decades into a museum that is known around the world.
A. Kendra Greene is the art director of Defunct magazine and Writer-in-Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art. She started her museum career adhering text to the wall: one vinyl letter at a time. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
“Like a dream both feverish and freezing, Anatomy of a Museum works on the reader elementally. It’s at turns hilarious and horrifying, nonchalant and twitchily interrogative . . . All of this adds up to the oddest, and most fun engagement of environmental consciousness I’ve read in some time.” —Matthew Gavin Frank, author, Preparing the Ghost“An interesting story about one of the strangest museums in the world.” —Jón Gnarr, former Mayor of Reykjavik, actor, comedian“Greene’s voice is probing and hilarious; her sentences are vivacious and wild. This is the gold standard by which all future essays about Icelandic penis museums will be measured.” —Elena Passarello, author, Let Me Clear My Throat