BRIC and The Green-Wood Cemetery Announce Death Becomes Her

Jan 8, 2020 • 12:00 PM


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Co-Curated Exhibition and Joint Programming
To Explore What Remains After Death

On View at BRIC: February 20 - April 19, 2020
Opening Reception: February 19, 2020 | 7-9PM


Keisha Scarville, Placelessness of Echoes (and kinship of shadows) series, 2017.

(BROOKLYN, NY January 6, 2020) BRIC and The Green-Wood Cemetery are pleased to announce Death Becomes Her, a group exhibition exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living, on view in BRIC’s Main Gallery (647 Fulton St, Brooklyn) from February 20-April 19, 2020. The ten featured artists include Mimi Bai, Kim BrandtNona Faustine, Rachel Grobstein, Gyun Hur, McKendree Key, Heidi Lau, Catalina Ouyang, Freya Powell, and Keisha Scarville. This exhibition is co-curated by BRIC Curator, Jenny Gerow, and Green-Wood’s Director of Public Programs and Special Projects, Harry Weil, and will open with a reception on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 7-9pm.

These ten female-identifying artists examine loss as a catalyst for self-discovery, its cultural and social associations, and the politics of death and dying. They are inspired by personal traumas, ancient myths, and historic injustices. Through their use of objects and tropes commonly associated with death (such as gravestones, flowers, and shrouds), the artists also expand the visual rhetoric of how the departed are remembered.

The centerpiece of this collaboration is an unusual activation of BRIC’s Main Gallery. The typically open-air gallery will be transformed into a tomb-like environment with atmospheric lighting and an intimate enclosure intended to facilitate a deeper engagement with the audience. The works on view are introspective and deeply personal, drawing our attention to the universally inevitable concept of death.

Death Becomes Her will be accompanied by a series of public programs that, like the exhibition, encourage unconventional conversation and personal inquiry around death. Among them is 5 x 10 @ The Catacombs, a program founded by artist McKendree Key and hosted by different artists focusing on various topics. This special edition of 5 x 10 will present three intimate gatherings in the Catacombs of Green-Wood, bringing strangers together in an artist-led discussion about death, dying, and the hereafter. Food and drinks will be served. Additional programming will be announced at a later date.

About BRIC
BRIC is a leading presenter of cultural programming in Brooklyn. BRIC presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. Their main venue, BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn, offers a public media center, a major exhibition space and project room, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist workspaces. Some of BRIC’s acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival held each summer in Prospect Park, a renowned contemporary art exhibition series, and two distinct media initiatives: Brooklyn Free Speech, Brooklyn's public access initiative, and BRIC TV, a community TV channel and digital network. BRIC also offers arts and media education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

About The Green-Wood Cemetery
Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. Spread across 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds, and paths, the Cemetery boasts one of the largest outdoor collections of nineteenth-and twentieth-century statuary and mausoleums. Throughout the year, visitors are welcomed to explore Green-Wood through art installations, concerts, outdoor film screenings, death education programs, and tours.

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