An exhibition at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery showcases the art at Woodlawn
The first piece of land that Patricia Cronin purchased may not be considered prime real estate. The artist purchased a plot at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY amongst elite including J.P. Morgan, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Celia Cruz. Since it’s the only piece of grass the artist can legally lay claims to, Cronin has decided to utilize the space prior to going into the ground by putting in a Neo-classical style marble monument, entitled Memorial to a Marriage. Cronin’s monument is a departure from the norm for two reasons: 1. Monuments and memorials typically wait until the the depicted are, well, deceased. 2. The marriage Cronin’s memorializing is of a same-sex marriage. She used a very traditional form of art to address a very contemporary issue.
Cronin’s piece of art is being noticed as part of Woodlawn Cemetery’s 150th anniversary. To celebrate, “Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery is exhibiting “Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn,” through November 1″.