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David Wilson: Duerme Mi Niña, or Mother Don't Make Me Cry

Film Premiere and Live Performance

Thursday, September 28, 7 pm
Calderwood Hall

David Wilson, 2009 Artist-in-Residence, returns for a special live performance and screening of his latest 3-D film, Duerme Mi Niña, or Mother Don't Make Me Cry. Mostly shot at the Museum and several years in the making, this film explores the experience of love tempered by loss and takes, as a starting point, Isabella Stewart Gardner and the loss of her young son Jack. Wilson observes the museum and its caretakers through images of portraits of women in the collection as well as the staff who populate the galleries.

The music accompanying the screening is drawn from 17th century Catalan song and will be performed by:

  • Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
  • Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo and baroque guitar
  • Argenta Walther, mezzo-soprano
  • David Wilson, live narration


David Wilson is an artist, designer, filmmaker and the founding director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) in Culver City, CA. He has produced thirteen independent films and has been honored through numerous grants and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2001.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.

Adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members and children 17 and under.

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For sold-out performances, standby tickets may be available in the lobby one hour before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee availability of standby tickets for sold-out performances. Note the Museum's event policies.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. This program is additionally supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.