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October 2020

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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dia de los muertos

Love and death have inspired artists, writers, and philosophers for millennia. But where do they perfectly intertwine? At a cemetery! This time around, you’ll hear more tales of the lovesick and heartbroken, including tawdry details of dramatic–and doomed–affairs. Learn all about the tortured marriage of William and Regina Steinway, the murder of Harvey Burdell, Augustus Graham’s entanglement in a love triangle, and more.

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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
|Recurring Event (See all)

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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mexican death culture

Death is a major theme in modern and indigenous Mexican culture. In the last 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, while others understand her image to be an interpretation of La Virgen de Guadalupe, an appearance of the Virgin Mary that has become a cultural icon in Mexico. One thing is certain, Santa Muerte’s history is as mysterious as it is complicated, and all who venerate her have their own understanding and relationship with “La Santisima”. Maria Del Carmen Rivas, a Brooklyn-born historian, educator, and death artist, facilitates an introduction to, and conversation around, Mexican death culture and the cult of Santa Muerte.

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November 2020

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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Lichen of Green-Wood

Monday, November 16th, 6:00pm7:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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green-wood lichen

What are these organisms brightening up the landscape in shades of orange, yellow, green, blue, and even black? No, it’s not the flowers, it's the lichen! Green-Wood is the ideal ecological oasis for lichen—colorful fungi that grow on gravestones and trees. Nova Patch will lead you on an exploration of the lichen found in the Cemetery and discuss the variety of shapes and forms it can take. Nova runs the website Lichens.nyc which documents urban lichen found throughout the five boroughs. The next time you visit Green-Wood you won’t be able to take your eyes off them!

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Death Cafe in Spanish

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00pm7:00pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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spanish death cafe

The Death Cafe is inspired by the centuries-old European salon (or cafe), an informal gathering to discuss philosophical, political or scientific ideas. In 2011, British entrepreneur Jon Underwood applied this concept to discussions of the most universal topic of all: death. Underwood’s intention was to provide an opportunity to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” Today, there are over 4,400 Death Cafes in 26 countries around the world.

Green-Wood is proud to host this gathering of the Death Cafe in Spanish. Maria D.C. Rivas invites participants to share their thoughts and feelings on death through drawing, meditation, and safe and open exchanges.

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