Mary Tudor Speaks of and to Titian's Women
Saturday, March 5, 3 - 5 pm
Saturday, March 5, 3 - 5 pm
Join us for the world premiere of a dramatic monologue written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and theater critic Hilton Als in response to the exhibition Titian: Women, Myth, & Power. Mary I, the first queen regnant of England, married Philip II of Spain in 1554, shortly after the young prince commissioned six paintings from renowned Renaissance artist Titian. Als' monologue considers Titian's poesie, or painted poetries, from the future Queen’s perspective.
Als examines the Titian paintings through the eyes of the portrait of Mary included in the exhibition. In striking contrast to the poesie, Als describes Mary "as a woman who is not nude, not full-bodied, and a leader rather than a 'subject,' unlike the women in the Titian works.” Through this new monologue, Als introduces a new “gaze” to these paintings.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Visiting Curator of the Performing Arts helps the Museum provide a dynamic, engaging artistic incubator for new and contemporary expressions through dance, music, theater, and spoken word, and builds on Isabella's desire to host multi-disciplinary cultural experiences. With a one-year tenure spanning 2021-2022, Hilton Als is the third person to serve in this role. Past Visiting Curators of the Performing Arts include musician and impresario George Steel and vocalist and performance artist Helga Davis.
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Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members, university members, and children 17 and under.
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The Visiting Curator of Performing Arts is supported by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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