5 x 10 @ The Catacombs, is a special edition of 5 x 10, an ongoing performance project founded by artist Mckendree Key and hosted by different artists focusing on various topics at locations across NYC. This edition will present three intimate gatherings in the Catacombs of Green-Wood, featuring artists McKendree Key, Kim Charles Kay and Leigh Davis who will be bringing strangers together in an artist-led discussion about death, dying, and the hereafter. Each of the three nights will be a unique experience—themed, curated, and led by a different artist. Prepare to be fully immersed in the artwork and come ready to delve deeper into face-to face conversations about death. You may be asked to dress according to the code. No previous experience with the theme is necessary. Food and drinks will be served.
MCKENDREE KEY/ THE GHOST TOWN SALOON/ MARCH 14TH, 3:00- 6:00PM & 6:30-9:30PM / GHOST PEPPER INFUSED MEZCAL/ ERASURE/ TOURISM
After a site or body is vacated, traces remain. Some sites are heavily trafficked while others are closed or cordoned off for certain publics. But what about the earth below? At the Ghost Town Saloon, marks are made that might be erased.
KIM CHARLES KAY (KcK) / MARCH 21ST, 3:00 - 6:00 PM & 6:30-9:30PM / OCHRE & EGGS/ THERE IS NO DEATH WITHOUT LIFE/ OUROBOROS
We are deeply connected beings pulling on threads within each other. Whose delight and grief do you run in your body? Is the rhythm you know even yours, or a distinct ancestor's, or ochre itself? Let KcK hold the edges as you explore if hedonism has a hue and why pleasure smells like the earth.
LEIGH DAVIS/ MARCH 28TH, 3:00- 6:00 PM & 6:30- 9:30PM / THE SURVIVALISTS/ COCKTAILS TO DRINK BEFORE YOU DIE/ SUPERNATURAL OCCURRENCES
The sense of urgency, anxiety, and fear gripping our country in the face of political chaos and looming climate crisis, inspired Davis’ concept for The Survivalists. She will create an experience for attendees which acts as the threshold to another reality that will explore the continuation of human existence beyond our present moment and into eternity.
ABOUT MCKENDREE KEY
McKendree Key grew up in lower Manhattan and now lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, NY, and a BFA from The Colorado College, CO. Her work deals with social space through divisions and cross sections, both physically and through the realm of the happening or event. Key has exhibited her work internationally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the SculptureCenter, and the The High Line, all NY; and the Fleming Museum of Art, VT; as well as group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; and The Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. In 2009 she received a Pollock – Krasner award for her work in collage, in 2004 a New York Foundation for the Arts award, and has attended residencies at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the CUE Artist Foundation.
ABOUT DEATH BECOMES HER
Death Becomes Her is a group exhibition on view at BRIC in the Main Gallery, co-curated and in partnership with The Green-Wood Cemetery. The exhibition features ten artists—Mimi Bai, Kim Brandt, Nona Faustine, Rachel Grobstein, Gyun Hur, McKendree Key*, Heidi Lau, Catalina Ouyang, Freya Powell*, and Keisha Scarville—exploring how death and the grieving process impact the living.
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 space 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. Two of the featured artists, McKendree Key and Freya Powell, will present performance art pieces at Green-Wood in lieu of exhibiting work at BRIC. 5 x 10 @ The Catacombs is a special edition of McKendree Key's ongoing performance project that 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. Freya Powell’s immersive performance project, Only Remains Remain, draws from the Greek tragedy Antigone to create an elegy for the hundreds of unidentified migrants buried in mass graves in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Brooks County, Texas.
For more information on tours of this exhibition for school groups, please visit our BRIC House Tours page.
Sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.
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 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Throughout the year, visitors are welcomed to explore Green-Wood through art installations, concerts, book readings, outdoor film screenings, death education programs, and tours.
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