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Janine Antoni: I am fertile ground

Janine Antoni, I open the gates, 2019, Mixed media gilded with 24 karat gold leaf, 23 x 25 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches (58.42 x 65.72 x 5.72 cm), Commissioned by The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. © Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, and The Green-Wood Cemetery, New York. Photo: Ralph Smith

On September 21, Janine Antoni will unveil I am fertile ground, a site-specific commission in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Marking the Cemetery’s first major artistic commission, Antoni’s work will be installed in the historic underground Catacombs, and will be accompanied by a series of public programs. In I am fertile ground, Antoni uses the language of religious icons to pay homage to the body's wisdom. She captures emotionally resonant gestures that remind us that bodily positions invite spiritual states. As the artist describes, "I gild the active embodiment of the spirit, paying reverence to the knowledge of the body itself, buried in muscle memory." Each work enshrines a gesture, rendering it both exalted and fragile.

 

I am fertile ground will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, September 21 – November 17, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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.

 

Events and programs planned to accompany the installation:

Movement Meditation Class: Awakening Inner Wisdom

Friday, September 20, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.

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Film Screening: Spirit Labour

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

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Artist Talk with Janine Antoni

Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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Movement Meditation Class: Awakening Inner Wisdom
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 5 – 8 p.m.

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Artist Talk with Janine Antoni

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Performance

Eleven performers will bring to life the gestures depicted in the artworks of the exhibition I am fertile ground in Green-Wood’s Catacombs. A map with a detailed walking route will be available at the cemetery’s main entrance at 25th Street and 5th Avenue. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019; 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Location: At the Catacombs. Please note: the walk takes 15-20 minutes, and there are no facilities at the Catacombs, so please use those at the main entrance.