Date: 01/19/2015

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 A 3rd Ave., Brooklyn)

Price: $8 in advance

The rule of simplicity which works so well in life also works great after death. As more families seize greater control over the cost and aesthetics of the American funeral, the casket may slowly fade from prominence as the burial shroud rises to prominence. In this illustrated lecture by New York funeral director Amy Cunningham, we’ll scrutinize the employment of shrouds in Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. We’ll gaze at the best shrouds in religious and art history, and see burial fabrics fit for emperors (Charlemagne’s shroud was indeed a knock-out). Our lecture will conclude with a discussion of present-day, eco-friendly, shroud making. You’ll learn why the burial shroud is the rock star of today’s greener burial movement. We’ll also study the work of several clever designers who hope we’ll start taking our final outfits as seriously we select what we don every day.

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