“Bores put you in a mental cemetery while you are still walking.” —Elsa Maxwell (1883–1963)
There will be nothing boring about the Gay Graves Tour when it returns for its autumn run. For two consecutive Sundays, October 5th and 12th, Walk About New York will lead a most unique tour. The focus will be on the gay and lesbian permanent residents at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn.
The Gay Graves Tour was featured as a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York’s latest print edition.
In addition, the New York Times’ Weekend Arts section Spare Times for Friday, the 3rd of October, gave the Gay Graves Tour space along with another Green-Wood event.
This mural detail is in the Senate Chambers at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg. It was designed and painted by Violet Oakley, in the oval, whose grave is a highlight on the Gay Graves Tour. Miss Oakley titled the 44-foot-wide mural International Unity and Understanding. Click on the above graphic to read a recap about June’s Gay Graves Tour.
This mural detail is in the Governor’s Grand Reception Room at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg. It was designed and painted by Violet Oakley, in the oval standing on scaffolding in front of the mural; she titled this cycle of paintings The Founding of the State of Liberty Spiritual. Click on the above graphic to read Preview Posting #1 about June’s Gay Graves Tour.
Emma Stebbins’ best known work in bronze is the 1868 Angel of the Waters, which tops Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain. She also sculpted the 1865 figure of Horace Mann, which stands outside the Massachusetts State House. The Gay Graves Tour visits Miss Stebbins’ family plot where she is buried. Click on the above photo to read Preview Posting #2 about June’s Gay Graves Tour.
Miss Stebbins was also quite creative with marble. The allegories above are, The Miner, left; the Machinist’s Apprentice, center; and The Sailor, right. She was praised for how she adapted classical poses using modern figures. All were sculpted in 1859, having been commissioned by the industrialist Charles August Heckscher. They are on display at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY. The museum was founded by Mr. Heckscher’s son August.