Elizabeth Heyert's new show at Houk, "The Travelers," contains 30 photographs made at a Harlem mortuary, made with permission of the mortuary (obviously) and the families. Last portraits, the dearly departed, dressed up and ready to go.
The backdrops remind me of Serrano's just as (more?) powerful morgue series, but these are less contrived, and much happier, if you can say such a thing about pictures of dead people. Maybe it's just the smiles. Moral: remember to smile when you die.Posted by dbrown at June 13, 2005 11:50 PM