(Untitled): The Helga Piece

by Hilton Als

Thursday, March 21, 2 - 8 pm
Hostetter Gallery

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(Untitled): The Helga Piece , by Hilton Als 3/21/2019 2:00 PM 3/21/2019 8:00 PM isgm-event-(Untitled): The Helga Piece America/New_York Helga Davis performs a monologue written by Hilton Als in front of the Story of Lucretia, on view in Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes. 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115 aIwSTBiOnzHrlaECKmIR43731

“(Untitled): The Helga Piece,” is a short monologue written by Hilton Als based on the performer’s interest in the depiction of the black body in Botticelli’s The Story of Lucretia, painted between 1496 and 1504 and now on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Throughout the history of Western painting, the black figure has often been seen as a troubled and troubling presence. Why is difference generally manifested in this way? And what does it mean to turn the black female gaze onto the white male artist who, centuries ago, presumed to know her in the first place?

Hilton Als. Photo by Ali Smith
Hilton Als. Photo by Ali Smith

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