After the End

Now on view
Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel
Brooklyn, New York
September 15 – December 6, 2021
Free and open to the public daily, 10am – 4:30pm

After the End is a public installation in Green-Wood Cemetery’s Historic Chapel dedicated to contemplating loss in all forms—the loss of loved ones, relationships, health, and worlds we once knew—as well as the practices that have helped us endure. Candy Chang and James A. Reeves invite visitors to anonymously share their experience on a scroll and place it upon an illuminated altar. Lit from within, each response embodies the form of a devotional candle, and together they create an evolving field of light. Visitors can read the handwritten reflections in the altar or sit in the apse and watch an ever-growing cycle of projected reflections above while oriented towards the greater community. Set to an original ambient score by Stephen Baker, the space gathers the multiplicity of ways we weather the difficult transitions in our lives. Inspired by the role of light in religious ceremonies and the visions of science fiction, After the End offers a refuge that reminds us we are not alone as we mourn the end of one reality and enter the next.

After the End is curated by Harry Weil, Green-Wood’s Director of Public Programs. Original score by Stephen Baker. Acoustic design by Connor Whiriskey. Video assistance by Rooftop Films. Fabrication assistance by KLN Studio, Frank Morelli, William Rivera, Pelegrin Rosario, Alex Hernandez, and Joseph Cubero. Archival assistance from Nadia Delisfort. This installation is supported with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Photos below by Candy Chang and James Reeves unless credited otherwise.

Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk