Antiques and Their Afterlives: Stories from the Collection of Ryan and Regina Cohn - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Antiques and Their Afterlives: Stories from the Collection of Ryan and Regina Cohn

Members Only
Thu, Oct 13, 2022
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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What We’ll Do

Anatomical figures rendered in lifelike wax, prosthetic glass eyes peering up from medical trays, elaborate human hair wreaths memorializing the dearly departed. For Ryan and Regina Cohn, preserving these curious and often misunderstood objects is as much about honoring the past as learning from it.

What warnings can we heed from medical science’s fraught history? How can the Victorian view of death and the era’s mourning practices help us face our own fears of the unknown? Join us as Atlas Obscura’s brand-new series takes viewers inside Ryan and Regina’s extensive private collection and brings the fascinating stories of its beautiful, macabre, and even mundane objects to life.

In this hour-long virtual event, the co-founders of the wildly popular Oddities Flea Market open their doors and welcome you into their home. Enjoy exclusive access to rarely-seen objects, peruse rare artifacts up-close, and experience this unconventional collection in an intimate setting. Each month, Ryan and Regina will showcase a different object of interest and delve into what makes it unique. You’ll also learn how you can find, display and care for your own curious treasures. At the end of each experience, you’ll have the chance to ask questions and show off your own unique finds!

In this first one-hour experience, you’ll get an introductory glimpse into Ryan and Regina's vast personal collection. Ryan and Regina will walk us through hundreds of rare and unusual items they have collected over the years that help to illustrate what is to come in future episodes. They will briefly touch on topics such as anatomical wax moulages and medical preparations, religious iconography, Wunderkammer, taxidermy, osteology, and more. Along the way, they'll  share the historical significance and stories of how the items came to live in their home, and there will the opportunity to ask questions. Many of the items will be seen for the first time! 

Where We’ll Be

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About Your Host
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn
Ryan Matthew Cohn and Regina Marie Cohn

Ryan Matthew Cohn is best known for his educated opinions and consultation on the Science Channel show "Oddities." However, it is Ryan’s ability to prepare, create, craft, and provide unparalleled attention to detail in this subject matter that makes him a true artisan. It’s his stunning preparations, which have helped him in beginning to solidify a place in the fine art world. Ryan’s unique approach to the exploded skull has pushed his career from exploration and learning to create unique fine art commissions. Aside from his artistic accolades, Ryan specializes in rare and unique antiques and artifacts predominantly relating to science, anatomy, and natural history.

With an extensive background in fashion, Regina Marie Cohn runs the Oddities Flea Market, curates events at Brooklyn’s House of Wax Bar, and works with her husband Ryan buying, creating, restoring, and selling one-of-a-kind pieces of osteological work, antiques and oddities. Regina’s eye for the strange and unusual brings the Oddities Flea Market to life.

What Else You Should Know

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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

We provide closed captioning for all of our online Member Experiences, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at membership@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

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