Posted: September 13, 2013
2011-2012 NFDA At-large Representative Charles Childs, Jr., of A. A. Rayner & Sons in Chicago, is prominently featured in a photo exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago. The exhibit opened on August 20 and continues through February 23, 2014.
The exhibit called "Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins" makes connections between the past and the present by revealing that many of today's professions were invented thousands of years ago. To make that point, photographer Jason Reblando made portraits (tin types) of an artifact that documents the antiquity of a profession paired with the "modern face" of that job.
Childs was selected to be the modern representative of the ancient profession of funeral director. He was photographed with an ossuary from the West Bank, dating to about 20 BC to AD 70. Among the other professions featured in the show are baker, brewer, stone carver, manicurist, banker, real estate broker, police officer, poet, and many more.
If you cannot make it to see Childs' portrait in person, you can see it in the exhibit catalog. His portrait and excerpts from an interview appear on pages 122-23 of the catalog; information about the ossuary on pages 124-25.
More information on the exhibition is available at: https://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/special/ourwork.
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