September 28 – November 17
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
From Catholicism’s Madonna Dolorosa to the Victorian “cult of the dead” to professional weepers, women have been responsible for many of the traditions, rituals and duties associated with mourning. In this exhibition, Morbid Anatomy’s Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier will explore the relationship between grief and femininity through art, craft, and material culture from around the world.
Please note location: Entrance via The Fort Hamilton Gate House, located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, easily accessible on the F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station. If arriving at the main entrance (25th Street and 5th Avenue) the Gate House is approximately a 25 minute walk through the Cemetery.
Don’t forget to visit the Morbid Anatomy Library as well, free and open to the public during the exhibition on the second floor of the Gate House.
The Morbid Anatomy Library
Founded in 2008, The Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and collection making available thousands of books, photographs, artworks, pieces of ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. It originated as a project in residence at Proteus Gowanus, and was also on view at The Morbid Anatomy Museum from 2014 – 2016.
This iteration of the library is dedicated to our beloved friend Mel Gordon (1947 – 2018); Trickster, rogue scholar of the obscure and the maligned, and an inspiration without whom Morbid Anatomy as it is today would not exist. He is very much missed.
Exhibition Opening and Fall Garden Party
September 27th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please join us as we celebrate the reopening of the Morbid Anatomy Library and the unveiling or our new exhibition Our Lady of Sorrows: A Visual Exploration of Grief and Femininity! Preview the new show, meet the curators and participating artists and collectors, and enjoy delightful refreshments and evocative tunes curated by Friese Undine while soaking up the the unique ambiance of Green-Wood Cemetery at twilight.
Please note location: Entrance via The Fort Hamilton Gate House, located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place, easily accessible on the F and G trains at Fort Hamilton Station.
Tickets are $15 / $10 for members of Green-Wood and the “Morbid Anatomy Supporters” Patreon Members.
Mourning in Style
September 29th, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
No one knew how to grieve like the Victorians. The elaborate and often downright weird rituals of the era – inspired by Queen Victoria who publicly mourned her husband’s death for forty years – provide a fascinating look at a culture for whom death was ever present. In the United States, losses from the Civil War eclipsed 600,000 deaths, or two percent of the entire population. Death was everywhere. Mourning was an art form. Widows dressed in black from head to toe for an entire year. Household mirrors were covered and clocks were stopped when a death occurred. Women created and wore intricate jewelry made from the hair of the deceased. And rural cemeteries were established across America. Green-Wood is one such example, which by the 1860’s drew over 500,000 visitors a year who came to see the cemetery’s collection of ornate monuments and mausoleums.
Join us for an afternoon symposium devoted to exploring the arts and Victorian culture of mourning and its legacy with illustrated talks and show-and-tell presentations of period artifacts. Speakers will include Colin Dickey, Evan Michelson, Jennifer Berman, Karen Bachmann and more!
This symposium is organized in partnership with Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder of the former Museum of Morbid Anatomy and Laetitia Barbier, former librarian of the Museum.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Our Lady of Sorrows in the Catholic Tradition
December 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This evening’s talk focuses on the presence of the Sorrowful Mother in art and popular culture, from the Italian peninsula to immigrant communities in the United States. Mallorie Vaudoise will explore how this figure maintains both a privileged status in official Catholic teaching as well as a peculiar power in folk practices.
Vaudoise is a NYC-based spiritualist of Italian descent. She is also the author of Italian Folk Magic, a blog about devotional practices from Southern Italy and Sicily.