THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.


Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

first book–brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books to children in need.  join us tonight for their first annual holiday party and fundraiser.

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Juan Alberto Negroni



From the Artist~

My work is about anything. Most of all I talk about the condition of being human and all that comes with it. The faces, the drugs, the jokes, childhood, guns, cell phones, flags, virgins… I constantly work with ink and paper. It offers me immediate results. That way I am able to catch information about things, people, sensations and events that fly through my mind because they belong to my memory. This results works as a chain reaction expanding the possibilities of an endless series of works that at the end all relate to each other, letting me concentrate in the beauty of the shape, contours and lines that distinguish the objects or individual characteristic of my subjects. I say things about myself in a generic way maintaining a graphic appearance so others can relate to my work.

Mi trabajo es sobre cualquier cosa.
Sobre todo hablo de la condición de ser humano y todo lo que esto implica. Las caras, las drogas, los chistes, la niñez, las armas, celulares, banderas, vírgenes…
Constantemente trabajo con tinta y papel. De esa manera puedo captar información sobre cosas, personas, sensaciones y acontecimientos que vuelan por mi mente. Y puesto que esas cosas pertenecen a mi memoria, me ofrece resultados inmediatos. Permitiéndome que me concentre en la belleza de la forma, los contornos y las líneas, que distinguen a los objetos o  las características individuales de mis temas. Por lo general, en mi trabajo, la intención es decir cosas sobre mí de una manera genérica para que otros puedan relacionarse con la obra, manteniendo siempre un aspecto gráfico.