Dearly Departed: Mourning & Memory

October 7, 2023 — January 28, 2024
South Gallery

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

October 10, 2023 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Local to Fairfield | Dearly Departed: Mourning & Memory

October 15, 2023 | 1-3 pm | A Grief Poetry Workshop

October 18, 2023 | 12-1 pm | History Bites | Muñidores, Zacatecas, and The Rise of a Funeral Industry in Havana

December 10, 2023 | 2-3:30 pm | “A Christmas Carol” as Haunted Humor: How Dickens Knows that Laughter Redeems Us



Image: Painted silk mourning picture, circa 1815, by Sarah Turney. Gift of Richard Trubee Staples, 1976.93