THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.

MONDAY:

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 HOLIDAY PARTY & FUNDRAISER
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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Japanese Gagaku Ensemble TONIGHT @ Columbia University.

Japanese Gagaku Ensemble

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, St. Paul’s Chapel
Come hear a free performance in St. Paul’s Chapel of Japanese court music. This is an extremely rare chance to experience such unique music in the United States. Students will be playing on excellent traditional instruments, including the hichiriki, ryuteki, sho, biwa, and koto(gaku-so), under instructor is Louise Sasaki.