This past spring, French artist Sophie Calle inaugurated Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery, 2017–, a simple installation nestled within a sprawling graveyard in Brooklyn. The project, which was commissioned by Creative Time, comprises a white marble obelisk erected on a plot bestowed to the artist for the next twenty-five years. Visitors may deposit written secrets through a slot in the monument’s base; Calle will periodically return to the cemetery to burn the contents, making space for a fresh batch of secrets. For the opening, the artist, assuming the role of confidant and scribe, made herself available to write down participants’ confessions if they opted to recite them directly to her.
Around noon the day I visited, Creative Time staff directed me and a few other early arrivals along a curving road that led to Bay Grove Hill (so named because the
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