An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Sunday, November 17, 2019
On view in the Catacombs
Free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays,
September 21 – November 17, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
This fall, Green-Wood is thrilled to unveil a site-specific installation in the Cemetery’s Catacombs by acclaimed artist Janine Antoni.
For nearly three decades, Antoni has used the body, most often her own, as a tool and a subject for her artwork. In I am fertile ground, she expands on this theme by using the language of religious icons to pay homage to what she has discovered through her improvisational dance practice. The instinctual ways that the body moves allow it to communicate and express itself, as well as serve as a vehicle for spiritual experiences. Idiosyncratic gestures are contextualized by those that are more recognizable, like hands clasped in prayer. Each work enshrines a gesture, rendering it as both exalted and fragile.
Built in the 1850s, the Catacombs, one of the Cemetery’s oldest structures, is an underground building containing thirty burial vaults along a central hallway. The artist will transform a large niche at the back of the space to serve as a place for reflection and contemplation.
The Catacombs are a 15 minute walk from the Cemetery’s main entrance (at 5th Avenue and 25th Street). Maps will be available with a detailed route.
I am fertile ground is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.