Memorial To A Marriage

Deitch Projects
Cronin-Kass Plot, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY
November 3, 2002 - Eternity


carrara marble, over life size, 27 x 42 x 84 inches
Cronin-Kass Plot, Woodlawn Cemetary, Bronx NY


Deitch Projects presents one of its most intriguing artists’ projects, Memorial To A Marriage, a new sculpture by Patricia Cronin. It will be unveiled on Sunday, November 3rd, 2002 at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. A three year project funded by Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO, it is carved in Carrara marble and designed in the manner of a 19th century mortuary sculpture. This over life-size figurative monument depicts the artist and her partner, the artist Deborah Kass, in a loving embrace.


Combining elements from 19th century American Ideal Sculpture and Italian 17th & 18th century sculpture with new 21st century technologies in stone carving, Cronin updates historically traditional forms with contemporary sexual content. Celebrating in death, her "marriage" which cannot be made legal in life, Cronin subverts this sentimental form and breathes new life into it.


Installation Views


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY, November 3, 2002 - Eternity


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY, November 3, 2002 - Eternity


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY, November 3, 2002 - Eternity


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY, November 3, 2002 - Eternity


bronze, 17 x 26.5 x 52 inches
Installation view in gallery of modern art, GLASCOW scotland, 2009

Installation view of bronze with Rodins in Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, 2004-2005


Permanent Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland, On view 2012 - present



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