The Art of Mourning

P1100595The Art of Mourning
Friday, June 27 2014 – Friday, January 16, 2015

Recipient of The Victorian Society NY’s 2015 Preservation Award for Exhibitions


This exhibition showcased artworks–many of them never before exhibited–relating to mourning culture from the 18th to the 20th century including postmortem paintings and photography; hair art shadowboxes and jewelry; death masks; spirit photography; and mourning china drawn mainly from the astounding private collection of Stanley B. Burns MD, author of Sleeping Beauty and founder of The Burns Archive. Also included are pieces from the collections of Karen Bachmann, Jennifer Berman, Elizabeth A. Burns, Alice Lease DanaTracy Hurley MartinAmber Jolliffe Maykut, Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn. The show is curated by Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein and scholar in residence Evan Michelson.