The Stained and Sordid Scene: The Dead of Antietam

The impact and legacy of the first photographs depicting the casualties of the Civil War, which “brought bodies and laid them in our dooryards and along the streets,” is examined in a new exhibit. 

August 1, 2018 | Blog

Am I too attached to a long-dead Portuguese serial killer?

While traveling through Portugal to research her country’s display of dead bodies, Rafaela Ferraz develops a unique connection to a pickled head in a jar, prompting her to consider our society’s fascination with, and even adoration, of serial killers. 

July 25, 2018 | Blog

YEAR OF ACTION: The Good Death Art Show

Artist Abby Rocha curated a death positive art show in an effort to create a space where both artists and the public could come together and explore the subjects of death and mortality. Here are some of her favorite pieces. 

July 18, 2018 | Blog

The Macabre, Unknown Origins of Father’s Day

The Monongah Mine Disaster is recognized as the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history– and you’ve likely never heard about it. The disaster occurred in my hometown of Monongah, West Virginia. On… 

June 16, 2018 | Blog

1918: The Forgotten Year of Death

No other epidemic or pandemic has claimed as many lives as the Spanish Flu, not even the Black Death in the 14th century or AIDS in the 20th century — 100 years later, why have we forgotten the deadliest pandemic in history? 

May 30, 2018 | Blog

Sigrid Sarda’s Waxworks of Death and Desire

Waxwork artist Sigrid Sarda’s work explores the intersections of sex, death, and mortality. Here, our own Sarah Chavez talks to Sigrid about her new series The Unrequited, which is about loss, grief, and redemption. 

May 23, 2018 | Blog

The Oldest Rite of Humanity and My Father’s Wake

“Sonny was a very ordinary man and his life passed unnoticed by a wider world. But Sonny did have one advantage over most of us; he knew how to die. And he knew how to do that because his fathers and mothers on the island, wake after wake, had shown him how.” 

March 17, 2018 | Blog