and Mourning: |
SHARED CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
September 21-November 9, 1997
University Art Museum
CARLA SOFKA, Ph.D AND HAROLD LOHNER
human experiences are as powerful and universal and even fewer impact our lives
so significantly as those related to the death and mourning...
Few human experiences are as powerful and universal and even fewer impact our lives so significantly as those related to the death and mourning of family members, significant others and public figures. Through the use of historical and contemporary art and artifacts from differing civilizations, Memory and Mourning: Shared Cultural Experience will provide opportunities for viewers and participants to explore and expand their understanding and appreciation of the many diverse and common ways in which grief and loss can be expressed and lives commemorated.
This will be accomplished not only by the visuals in the exhibition itself, which include art (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography); text (poetry, prose, etc.); gravestone rubbings; memorabilia (mourning jewelry, etc.); memorials (AIDS quilt, funerary statuary); but also by dividing the exhibition installation into several thematic sections.
•Contemporary Artists Process Grief and Loss
•Albany Rural Cemetery
•Community Expression of Grief (draping of State Street)
•Angel of the Sepulcher•Death in the Victorian Era
(Hair ornamentation, post-mortem photographs, memento mori, jewelry, etc.)
In addition, a series of ancillary programs are part of the project, which include a Faculty Lecture Series; a Teachers Guide for 3-10 grades; and a special academic course in the Anthropology Department. There will also be a concert on Sunday, November 3, Transfiguration given by Max Lifchitz of the University at Albany Music Department.
Lenders to the Exhibition:
Albany Institute of History
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