These works speak to the concept of preservation, and using art to preserve ideas of ancient cultures and forms. The figures in these works are suspended between life and death, a figurative “limbo” representing cultural anxieties surrounding memory. If we preserve mementos of a dying culture, a dying ideal, or a dying art, what do we stand to gain?
Unknown, Woman with Phrygian Cap, Shield and Fasces, 1850.
British, Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard, 1938.
Swedish, Swedish Family Photograph, 1900.
America, Seated Family Portrait, 1900.
American, Funerary Photograph, late 19th century.
S.J. Ferris, Washington & Lincoln (Apotheosis), 1865.
William Finden after Thomas Webster, Sickness and Health, 1846.
Unkown, Locket with Hair, 19th century.
Unkown, Sugar Skull Mask, 20th century.
British, Coin collection with Queen Victoria, 19th century.
N/A, Fly in Amber, Mesozoic Period.
Italian, Catholic Saint Cards, 20th century.
Unknown, Sculpture of a Saint, unknown.
Italian, Gradual Leaf with Architectural Plan for an Altar, 1450.
German (after Albrecht Dürer), Rabbit Print, 1502.
Unknown artist, Unknown Woman, mabye of the Urias McGill Family, 1855