There are a multitude of ways in which visitors experience Green-Wood. From those seeking to commune with the nature amid the urban drawl to those relishing our over 180 years of history, Green-Wood seeks to reach a wide audience through our public programming. Several partnerships were launched this year with esteemed arts and programming organizations from around New York City, enabling us to further engage with our community and expand the variety of experiences we can offer.
Green-Wood unveiled The Angel’s Share, a new music series set in the Catacombs, in partnership with Death of Classical (an organization that stages classical music concerts in unexpected sites). Each concert begins with a whiskey tasting at sunset, followed by a candle-lit walk to the site. Two outstanding contemporary composers bookended the season, starting with The Rose Elf, a chamber opera by David Hertzberg, in June and Sketches from Frankenstein, a new cantata by Greg Kallor, in October. The series sold out.
Rooftop Films added Green-Wood to its list of unique screening locations across the city. Rooftop Films’ Summer Series at Green-Wood, six screenings in all, included Wild Nights with Emily about Emily Dickinson’s erased love letters and A Garbage Story, a short documentary film starring Queens resident and trash connoisseur, Nick DiMola. The “New York Nonfiction” event attracted more than 1,000 attendees.
Green-Wood also hosted Morbid Anatomy, local purveyor of the arcane, for a residency in our historic Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. They curated two exhibitions, one in the spring and one in the fall, exploring the intersections of art, death, and culture. The exhibitions were titled, The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth and Bridging Two Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. The residency also included a series of thematic lectures.
In partnership with Bard Graduate Center Gallery, Green-Wood presented Border Crossings: This and Other Worlds in celebration of Día de Los Muertos in November. The weekend-long celebration included traditional music from Central America, poetry readings, and a panel discussion on immigrant and refugee rights. The event featured a Día de Los Muertos-inspired altar, designed by Sunset Park artist Adrián Viajero Román, in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel.
Perhaps the most exciting presentation made in 2018 was Nightfall, an immersive moonlit experience curated by our programming team along with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, The Moth, Morbid Anatomy, and Rooftop Films. Guided by thousands of flickering candles, visitors were invited to traverse Green-Wood’s winding paths, encountering musicians, performers, moving images, and storytellers along the way.
In 2018 we also enriched and expanded our existing programs. The popular event A Night at Niblo’s Garden was back for two nights. The Victorian extravaganza saw visitors picnic on the banks of Crescent Water while enjoying entertainment by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. As always, tours of Green-Wood continued to generate create a buzz. Our most popular tour, the Twilight Tour, regularly sold out throughout the spring and fall seasons. A new tour of Green-Wood’s Tiffany windows was added to the catalog, allowing visitors a rare glimpse at some hidden masterpieces of stained glass.
Since 2006, education tours have been offered to area schools and in 2018 nearly 4,000 students experienced American History through the lives of our more than 570,000 permanent residents.