|October 7, 2023 — January 28, 2024
How do we reckon with death? How do we wish to be remembered? Dearly Departed: Mourning and Memory explores the inescapable truth of our mortality and how people have confronted it. Whether a loved one or a public figure, people have memorialized and honored others they care about. Art, fashion, and literature—from gravestone designs to ghost stories—help us process grief and find comfort. The exhibition showcases artifacts, costumes, and ephemera that reveal the many ways people maintain connections to ones they have lost and celebrate their legacy.
Exhibition-Related Events & Programs
Image: Painted silk mourning picture, circa 1815, by Sarah Turney. Gift of Richard Trubee Staples, 1976.93
Dearly Departed: Mourning & Memory, and its related programs, are made possible by the generous support of Oak Lawn Cemetery & Arboretum and Spear Miller Funeral Home.