Lives of the Performers, Part II: A Portrait of Jason
Thursday, May 26, 7 - 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 26, 7 - 8:30 pm
On December 3, 1966, director Shirley Clarke invited a small crew to her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea to make a film. What came of the night was Portrait of Jason, a groundbreaking work of cinema verité that is now known as one of the seminal documentaries on the LGBTQIA+ experience and the most influential films in cinema. Captured over a single evening, the portrayal of a gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer Jason Holliday interrogated race, class and sexuality in ways that were and still are ahead of its time. Now Hilton Als, renowned theatre critic for The New Yorker and the Gardner’s Visiting Curator for the Performing Arts, has adapted the film into a stage drama that captures the intimacy, vulnerability and rawness of the original film while probing power and the price of storytelling itself. Join us for a creative exploration of the life, loves, and work of a man who, in this candid and raw film, brilliantly navigated between truth and performance. As in Als' other work, the author and director means to celebrate and emphasize Isabella Gardner's commitment to the art of performance, and curation as spectacle.
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.
While the City of Boston’s vaccination and mask mandates are lifted for general museum visits, the Gardner maintains its proof of vaccination and mask requirements for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. Please visit the Know Before You Go web page for additional information, including accepted forms of documentation. Please contact the Box Office at 617 278 5156 for further assistance.
Tickets are required and include Museum admission. Choose from two seating sections.
SECTION A: FLOOR LEVEL AND FIRST BALCONY
Adults $45, seniors $40, members $35, students & children ages 7-17 $20 (children under 7 not admitted).
SECTION B: SECOND AND THIRD BALCONIES
Adults $40, seniors $35, members $30,students & children ages 7-17 $20 (children under 7 not admitted).
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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.