NEW ARTIST RESIDENCY WILL BE LAUNCHED AT GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY IN NY

The final resting place for a number of art legends including Jean-Michel Basquiat.

By Balthazar Malevolent

NEW ARTIST RESIDENCY WILL BE LAUNCHED AT GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY IN NY

Brooklyn 's largest cemetery is kicking off an artist-in-residence program — the first of its kind at a burial ground in New York City. The Green-Wood Cemetery is seeking mid-career artists for the nine-month residency initiative scheduled for January through September 2021. The program is open to any genre of artists within the visual and performing arts industries.

Fort Hamilton Gatehouse.

The selected artists will have their own studio space located in the historic Fort Hamilton Gatehouse of the cemetery, with access to the vast archives of Green-Wood, which date back to its foundation in 1838. The archival materials span administrative documents alongside an assemblage of items relevant to those buried in the cemetery from artists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as books, sculptures, and clothes. The artists, who will work with staff to help create their final work will also receive a $7,500 USD stipend. The artist must also host one work-related lecture and an open studio.

A total of 400 artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein and Louis Comfort Tiffany are buried at the cemetery. Applications are available until September the 2nd. Those interested may apply for it here.

Green-Wood Cemetery located in the western portion of Brooklyn, New York City, covers 478-acre (193 ha) of land. The cemetery lies only several blocks southwest of Prospect Park, located between Park Slope, South Slope/Greenwood Heights, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington, and Sunset Park. It is generally bounded by McDonald Avenue to the east, 20th Street to the northeast, Fifth Avenue to the northwest, 36th and 37th Avenues to the southwest, and Fort Hamilton Parkway to the south.

Green-Wood Cemetery was established as a rural cemetery in 1838, during a period of rapid urbanization when New York City churchyards have been becoming overcrowded. Titled as "Brooklyn's first public park by default even before Prospect Park was established," Green-Wood Cemetery has been so popular that it inspired a competition to create Central Park in Manhattan as well as nearby Prospect Park.

While studying at high-school, Alexander Wang would spend most of his time at Green-Wood Cemetery designing his future collections.

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