The chilling pictures of suitcases left in a New York insane asylum by patients who were locked away for the rest of their lives

The chilling pictures of suitcases left in a New York insane asylum by patients who were locked away for the rest of their lives http://ow.ly/lWyST

The Changing Face of What is Normal: Mental Health

April 17, 2013 – April 13, 2014

How do we—as individuals and as a society—perceive, define, respond to, and interact with those deemed abnormal, whether in body, mind, or behavior? The Changing Face of What is Normal: Mental Health, is one of several inaugural special collections to premiere at the Exploratorium’s re-opening on April 17, 2013 at San Francisco’s Pier 15. It is part of the museum’s new gallery dedicated to the art and science of human behavior. The exhibition runs through April 2014.

The exhibition includes three elements: artifacts such as suitcases and trunks of 14 patients confined at the Willard Psychiatric Center, a New York mental institution that was decommissioned in 1995. The personal items provide an evocative statement of the residents’ lives before they were institutionalized.

The artifacts are on loan from the NY State Museum. The exhibit also includes photographs of the patients’ effects by Jon Crispin, poetry by psychiatrist/poet Karen Miller, and interviews with both patients and caregivers.

Mail Online / Suitcases

The chilling pictures of suitcases left in a New York insane asylum by patients who were locked away for the rest of their lives

  • Photographer Jon Crispin has been documenting the suitcases left behind by patients at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York
  • 400 suitcases were found in an attic at the asylum in 1995. They date from 1910 to 1960
  • Many of the patients who went to the asylum died there and were buried in graves marked not with names, but by numbers
 
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