DEATH BECOMES HER

Exhibition on view: February 20–April 19, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 19, 7–9pm
BRIC Main Gallery (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217) 

Co-Curated by BRIC and Green-Wood

Rachel Grobstein, Ghost Bike, 2019

Death Becomes Her is a group exhibition on view at BRIC in the Main Gallery, co-curated and in partnership with Green-Wood. The exhibition features ten artists—Mimi BaiKim BrandtNona FaustineRachel GrobsteinGyun HurMcKendree Key*, Heidi LauCatalina OuyangFreya Powell*, and Keisha Scarville—exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.

These ten female-identifying artists examine loss as a catalyst for self-discovery, its cultural and social associations, and the politics of death and dying. They are inspired by personal traumas, ancient myths, and historic injustices. Through their use of objects and tropes commonly associated with death (such as gravestones, flowers, and shrouds), the artists also expand the visual rhetoric of how the departed are remembered.

*Death Becomes Her will be accompanied by a series of public programs that, like the exhibition, encourage unconventional conversation and personal inquiry around death. Two of the featured artists, McKendree Key and Freya Powell, will present performance art pieces at Green-Wood in lieu of exhibiting work at BRIC 5 x 10 @ The Catacombs is an ongoing performance project by artist McKendree Key that has been  hosted at various venues across New York City by different artists focusing on various topics. This special edition of 5 x 10 will present three intimate gatherings in the Catacombs of Green-Wood, bringing strangers together in an artist-led discussion about death, dying, and the hereafter. Food and drinks will be served. Freya Powell’s performance project, Only Remains Remain, draws from the Greek tragedy, Antigone, to create an elegy for the hundreds of unidentified migrants buried in mass graves in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Brooks County, Texas. Working with an ensemble of 15 performers, Powell explores the mournful potential of the voice. Through a collaborative process, the work utilizes pitch, intonation, breath, movement, and silence to embody a contemporary tragedy through the structure of a Sophoclean chorus.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition is on view in the BRIC Main Gallery Tuesday–Friday, 11am–7pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm; Closed Mondays. The Gallery is located at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. For directions, please visit the BRIC website.