Among the NYC cultural spaces we’re most excited to see open is Gowanus’s Morbid Anatomy Museum. (That the excellent writer Colin Dickey is one of the people involved with it doesn’t hurt.) The museum will be holding an opening celebration tomorrow, along with its first exhibit, The Art of Mourning; details can be found here.
From the press release announcing it:
The Art Of Mourning will showcase never-before exhibited materials from several important private collections, including post-mortem photography; hair art shadowboxes and jewelry; memorial cards; mourning paraphernalia; death masks; and spirit photography. These beautiful and often surprising objects will be primarily drawn from the stunning private collection of Stanley B. Burns M.D., founder of The Burns Archive, author of Sleeping Beauty, Memorial Photography in America, and technical consultant to the HBO-Cinemax series “The Knick.” Also included will be a number of rare and exquisite pieces from the collections of Karen Bachmann, Jennifer Berman, Jennifer Butkevich, Alice Lease Dana, Tracy Hurley Martin, Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn. Exhibit curators Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson will be on hand at the preview event along with several of the exhibition’s collectors to show their pieces and answer questions. Dr. Burns will also give a special tour of the exhibit.
The museum’s first day open to the public will be Saturday.