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Library Gallery - Past Exhibit

Sleeping Beauties: Memorial Photographs from the Burns Archive

Exhibition: April 11 May 31, 2011
Lecture: April 14, 2011

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Sleeping Beauties: Memorial Photographs from the Burns Collection. Since the invention of photography, people have taken and used photographs of the deceased to celebrate memories of late loved ones and to mitigate the finality of death. Such images, known as memorial photographs, are special mementos with deep meaning for mourners.

From early daguerreotypes to contemporary images, Sleeping Beauties showcases over one hundred examples of memorial photography, revealing the diversity within this photographic practice. Considered individually or together, the images on display in this exhibition encourage contemplation of the ways in which individuals and cultures respond to death.

A lecture on the exhibit by Dr. Stanley Burns, from whose collection the images are drawn, was presented on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in the Gallery. A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, followed the lecture

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

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