New museum in Brooklyn putting death in the spotlight

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GOWANUS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — When most of us think about death, it’s usually dark, creepy – basically nothing we would ever want to put in a spotlight.

However for the creative team behind the new Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, Brooklyn, it’s their passion.

According to Joanna Ebenstein – creative director of the museum – the exhibit gives us a glimpse on how we mourned a century ago whether it was through paintings, rituals or photographs.  It was the way the deceased was remembered.

“Death is the thing that links all of us,” Ebenstein said. “We will all be born and we will all die. To me think of it as being morbid is absurd.”

The non-profit museum is made up of 2,000 books from Ebenstein’s private collection as well as paintings and photographs of those lost but not forgotten.

One of the pieces is an obscure piece constructed with hair of a deceased woman.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum opens this weekend in Gowanus, Brooklyn.