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October 2020

American Eden: Botany and Medicine in the Early Republic

Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00pm7:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Dr. David Hosack was a pioneering physician and botanist who created the first botanical garden of the United States (which is now buried deep beneath Rockefeller Center).  He left behind a rich legacy that stressed the importance of medicine and botany in the development of the burgeoning Republic. A little known fact: he was the doctor on duty at the infamous Hamilton-Burr duel in 1804. Join author Victoria Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, for a lively conversation with Jeff Richman, Green-Wood’s historian, about this remarkable, but largely forgotten, man; his many friends who are interred at Green-Wood; and the relationship between his Elgin Gardens and the Cemetery. Johnson's American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (author of Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.

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To America

Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00pm11:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until Saturday, October 24, 2020

Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

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Dia de Los Muertos

Friday, October 23rdSunday, November 1st
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a three-day holiday (October 31st–November 2nd) that honors the departed through ofrendas (offerings) arranged on altars, music, dancing, and gatherings with family and friends. A large-scale community altar by artist Scherezade Garcia will be installed in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal offerings to a community altar, including flowers, photographs, and notes, among other objects. Inspired by altars found throughout Mexico and the Mexican diaspora, Garcia’s altar will combine her own unique style with this centuries-old celebration of the departed.

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To America

Friday, October 23rd, 6:00pm11:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until Saturday, October 24, 2020

Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

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To America

Saturday, October 24th, 6:00pm11:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until Saturday, October 24, 2020

Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” this immersive, cemetery-wide performance event combines music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

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Almost Presidential

Wednesday, October 28th, 6:00pm7:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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green-wood presidential candidates

As Election Day approaches, join student of history Matt Dellinger and Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman for a discussion of those who count among Green-Wood’s permanent residents who did quite make it to be President of the United States. Some came close, like DeWitt Clinton, who would have been the fourth U.S. president if only he had carried the swing state of Pennsylvania. Others ran on a progressive platform, like Barry Commoner, who, as the Citizens Party founder, advocated environmentalism. Then there is the eccentric George Francis Train, who charged admission to his 1872 campaign rallies. And they’re just the start!

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The Cult of Santa Muerte: Origins and Rituals of Mexican Death Culture

Wednesday, October 28th, 6:00pm7:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Day of the dead celebrations, Calavera Catrinas, and ancient death rituals. Death is a major theme in modern and indigenous Mexican culture, and in the past century, the worship of Santa Muerte (Holy Death) has reached cult status. Some claim she is a modern reincarnation of the Aztec death goddess Mictecacihuatl, others understand her image to be an interpretation of La Virgen de Guadalupe, the Mexican Virgin Mary and a national symbol. One thing is certain, her history is as mysterious as it is complicated, and all who venerate her have their own understanding and relationship with “La Santisima”. Join guest speaker Sarah Chavez, director of the Order of the Good Death and co-founder of The Collective for Radical Death Studies, and facilitator Maria Del Carmen Rivas Brooklyn-born historian, educator, and death artist in a conversation and introduction to Mexican death culture and the cult of Santa Muerte.

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November 2020

Conscious Oblivion

Sunday, November 1st, 12:00pm4:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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trumpet graves scene

Conscious Oblivion is a new durational performance by Iván Sikic, co-curated by Katya Grokhovsky and Harry Weil, presented as part of Green-Wood‘s annual Día de los Muertos celebrations‪ in conjunction with The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020: Here, Together!

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Día de los Muertos Family Celebration

Sunday, November 1st, 1:30pm4:30pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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dia de los muertos family

Discover the rich history and traditions associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Throughout Mexico, from October 31st to November 2nd, departed loved ones are commemorated through prayer, offerings, altars, music, dance, and food. Join us for an afternoon celebrating Día de los Muertos with family-friendly crafts and a visit to the community altar in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel designed by artist Scherezade Garcia.

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Death &: Framing the Invisible

Thursday, November 5th, 6:00pm7:30pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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death framing image

How can photographs make visible the invisible? How do artists conjure the absent or the deceased in their images? How can we engage with such work during the current pandemic?

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