Monthly Archives: October 2021

The Autopsy Theater

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

Like many hospitals of the time, the hospital on Ellis Island had an autopsy theater for students to learn about anatomy and disease. Most of the fixtures had been removed from the room, but the doors on the former refrigerator remained intact.

Unframed

Several years ago the renowned artist JR created an art sintallation called Unframed in the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island. It is made up of life-sized histrorical photographs from the hospital from “back in the day”. The images are haunting. While time has faded them, this adds something to their effect. They look as worn as their surroundings.

What’s it?

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

On the tour of the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, they bring you into a room and ask you what you think this rather large contraption iin the wall is for. Many people think it is for cremating bodies. Not quite. It is to sterilize mattresses. Put a mattress in, turn up the heat, and no more bedbugs.