Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dearly Departed: The Art of Victorian Mourning

A new exhibit opens tomorrow (25 February) in the Morris-Butler House Museum, 1204 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis. It runs through 23 May.

Black clothing and subdued social lives characterized Victorian periods of mourning, which will be explored on all three floors of the house. Visitors will learn about such rituals as the “sick room,” the numerous requirements to show proper respect for deceased loved ones, and how class and gender differences influenced mourning customs. In addition, there'll be Victorian hair work jewelry, mourning clothing, photography, and art work.

The exhibit is included in the cost of the guided house tour: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child or student. For information, call 317:636-5409.

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