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Conversing with the Dead

A Talk With Eiko Otake

April 23, 2023 , 3:00pm 4:00pm

eiko otake in chapel
Credit: Maria Baranova

“My Mother died a good death. Attended by me, her death was unhurried, and convincingly due.” — Eiko Otake

Join us for a special evening with acclaimed movement-based, interdisciplinary artist Eiko Otake, whose latest Installation, Mother, is currently on view in the Historic Chapel. Having often explored themes of loss, Otake performed Two Grave Markers at Green-Wood in 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She now returns with Mother, in which, through video and sculpture, she converses and dances with her mother who died in 2019.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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Otake will be joined in conversation with Gabrielle Gatto, Green-Wood’s coordinator of public programs and a certified death doula, for a discussion about dying, death, loss, and grief. In particular, they will focus on the experience of witnessing the death of a loved one: the impact it has on our own lives and, in contrast, how violence deprives people not only of life but also of an unhurried death. 

This talk takes place in the Modern Chapel, and there will be an opportunity to view the installation in the Historic Chapel before and after. A reception will follow.

Free. Registration required. Please consider a donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.

Before Reserving Your SPot, Please Note:

  • COVID-19 Policy: In accordance with New York State and CDC guidance, masks are optional. Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Where to go: Contactless check-in will take place at the Modern Chapel.