Jackie Kennedy at Funeral

Elliott Erwitt (American, born in Paris 1928). Jackie Kennedy at Funeral, 1963. Gelatin silver print, gift of Fred Stein, 82.16.10


“From the time I was nine years old I have been fascinated by the Kennedy family. My inspiration for this exhibition was a photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy taken following her husband’s burial: here, the stoicism displayed throughout John F. Kennedy’s state funeral gives way to grief and sorrow as she clutches the folded American flag that covered his coffin. Inspired by Jackie, I decided to explore how the universal themes of grief and mourning have been represented in art from the Renaissance through the present day.”
Shannon Karol, Kresge Art Museum Intern

This exhibition of prints and photographs from the 16th  through the 20th centuries, drawn from the Kresge Art Museum collection, examines the complex human emotions that are felt following the loss of a loved one, as well as traditions related to death. From scenes of mythical and Biblical deaths to funeral processions and views of tombstones and cemeteries, these images illustrate the myriad ways we deal with issues of grief, mourning, and remembrance.


The Gifts of Grief (2005) 52 min.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Room 118, Psychology Bldg (old Physics Bldg)

“The Gifts of Grief is a unique film about the possibility is a unique film about the possibility of another side of suffering, told through the personal and inspiring stories with people who have confronted remarkable losses and have found a way to transform their grief into a greater appreciation of life. We explore the possibility that grief, while very painful, is one of the closely guarded keys to true transformation and joy.” — From giftsofgrief.com

Written, directed and produced by Nancee Sobonya. A discussion will follow, with area experts representing various facets of the issues of death and imagery, including representatives of hospice organizations, funeral homes, and support groups.


Creativity in the Healing Process
Friday, June 1, 2007, 7 p.m.
108 Kresge Art Center

John Schneider, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University Colleges of Medicine.

Distinguished Professor Schneider continues to write, supervise, facilitate research using his grief instruments, consult internationally, and conduct workshops. John is also co-founder of INTEGRA: The Association of Integrative & Transformative Grief and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. KAM will open at 6:30 p.m., prior to Dr. Schneider’s talk.


Sorrow Unmasked
Friday, June 15, 2007, 12:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2007, 12:10 p.m.

Join KAM staff for a guided tour through Sorrow Unmasked.