Grave of Jean-Michel Basquiat in Green-Wood Cemetery (photo by Allison Meier for Hyperallergic)

Hyperallergic invites you to step into a museum of the dead with an afternoon tour at Green-Wood Cemetery led by Hyperallergic staff writer (and resident cemetery aficionado) Allison Meier, who will resurrect some of these famed and forgotten stories of artists who found their final resting place within the cemetery’s 478 acres, which overlook the New York Harbor.


The 19th-century Brooklyn burial ground predates the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, and was where Beaux Arts and Gilded Age sculptors exhibited some of their most moving work, and New Yorkers escaped the crowded city for a stroll among the tombs.

Some of the city’s most influential artists are buried here, including Jean Michel-Basquiat and George Bellows, as well as lesser-known names like William Holbrook Beard, who was buried in an unmarked grave until a sculpture of a bear was added to his plot. We’ve planned a tour that will culminate at Jean Michel-Basquiat’s grave location.

Space is limited. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased below or on directly Eventbrite.

Sunday, May 15, 1–3pm
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY
Meet up location and specific directions will be shared with ticket holders.

Wear comfortable shoes, and be advised some areas of the tour will not be paved. This tour will happen rain or shine. A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to support the Green-Wood Historic Fund.

3 replies on “Tour Green-Wood Cemetery’s Forgotten Artist Graves with Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier”

  1. Forgotten artists… like Basquiat, whose work is still shown regularly and sells for millions. How very forgotten he is.

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