Tour The Most Magnificent Sculpture Garden In Brooklyn:
It’s At Green-Wood Cemetery
Curator of Sculpture from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and
Green-Wood’s Historian will lead the tour of newly acquired sculptures and centuries-old classics
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please Note: In case of inclement weather this event may be canceled.
Historic Green-Wood Cemetery – 25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Meet inside the main gate
The cost of the trolley tour is $20; $15 for members of Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents or call 718-210-3080.
Green-Wood’s 478 acres boast a dazzling array of vistas, flora and fauna. But the grounds are also a premier collection of sculpture, reliefs and friezes. Green-Wood Cemetery is proud to be the home of over 50 works of art created by members of the prestigious National Sculpture Society. Tour guides Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, and Jeff Richman, Green-Wood’s resident historian, will lead the “Sculpture Garden Trolley Tour” of newly acquired works, as well as magnificent sculptures dating to the 19th century.
The tour will feature visits to the Henry Kirke Brown’s De Witt Clinton Monument (the second oldest heroic bronze cast in America); Frankie, by Daniel Chester French who also sculpted the Lincoln Memorial in Washington; the Stewart Family Mausoleum (a joint effort by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and architect Stanford White), and Frederick Wellington Ruckstull’s Minerva upon The Alter to Liberty as she salutes her sister the Statue of Liberty. We will also see the sculpture of The Bear by Dan Ostermiller upon the grave of William Holbrook Beard, the painter of “The Bulls and Bears in the Market.” Visitors will also see new acquisitions including a stunning bronze sculpture dedicated to Green-Wood permanent resident George Catlin, the 19th-century painter of North American Indians; the delicate and beautiful Angel of Music, which graces the grave of revered 19th-century American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk; and the newest addition to Green-Wood’s sculpture collection, the meticulously restored and controversial “Civic Virtue” (1919) sculpture by the American sculptor Frederick MacMonnies.
Via Subway: From the Atlantic/ Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn, take the R train to 25th (Service on the R train between Manhattan and Brooklyn is suspended until October 2014.) Walk east one block to Green-Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. Free parking is available.