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.
I am fertile ground is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Image: I am tool and substance, 2019
Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf
Overall dimensions: 15 1/2 x 33 x 1 1/2 inches
© Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and The Green-Wood Cemetery, New York
Photo: Ralph Smith