A lecture by Stanley Burns will be held 4 p.m., Thursday, April 14, on the April 11–May 31 Library Gallery exhibit.
For as much as people of the 21st century avoid the subjects of death and postmortem photography, those of the 19th century embraced it. The living were depicted with their deceased loved ones with whom they were often not portrayed previously. The personal nature of postmortem imagery frequently makes it difficult for us to view memorial images from the past much less from our own time. This exhibition will survey memorial photography from the 19th through 21st centuries and show how the artistic efforts of the photographers contributed to the emotional qualities of the images. The imagery connects us across the generations to those who would have died unnoticed had they not been given by photographic means a kind of immortality.
A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, will follow the lecture.