Memento Mori- Creating the Exhibition

“Memento Mori:” The Birth & Resurrection of Postmortem Photography

The Merchant's House Museum
 29 East 4th Street, NY, NY

Thursday, September 9, 2010 through Monday, November 29, 2010

Outside the Merchant's House Museum
Plaque- About MHM
Drinking secret recipe MHM tea, note the 19th cent. folding chairs.
Eva Ulz, Dr. Burns, Pi Gardiner, Lissa Rivera, Sarah Simms
Dr.Burns laying out his collection of antique coffin plates, death announcements, mourning pins, postmortem photographs and other funerary ephemera. 
An appropriate Victorian Setting for memorial images.
Alice Lease Dana (Left) Dr.Burns (Right)
"At Rest"
Trying out the coffin that will be on display for visitors
to have their own postmortem photo taken.
© The Merchant's House Museum, photo by Jook Leung
A view of the rear parlor at the Merchant's House
© The Merchant's House Museum, photo by Jook Leung
A view of Eliza Tredwell's Bedroom at the Merchant's House

"In collaboration with the Burns Archive; featuring artists Joel-Peter Witkin, Sally Mann, Hal Hirshorn, Marian St. Laurent & Sarah Lohman. Trace the evolution of postmortem photography in America through 19th-century daguerreotypes and prints from Sleeping Beauty III (soon to be released by the Burns Archive) as well as modern art inspired by the iconography of these historic images. Then stage your own “postmortem” photograph in our reproduction coffin. Included with regular admission. Reservations not required."