Thursday, February 13, 2020
February 13 - May 17, 2020
In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young African-American elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts. The painter transformed McKeller into white gods and goddesses, creating soaring allegories of the liberal arts that celebrated the recent expansion of the city’s premier civic museum.
Helga Davis Presents
Thursday, February 13, 7 - 9 pm
Visiting Curator of Performing Arts Helga Davis has created a special evening reflecting on the life and times of Thomas McKeller (about 1890-1962).
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Redefined: The Black Model in 21st-Century Portraiture
Saturday, February 15, 3 - 5 pm
Join Lorraine O'Grady and Adam Pendleton for a discussion of the body, race and gender in American Art, and the need to rethink, document and preserve new histories of diverse stories.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Weekend Concert Series
Myra Huang, piano
Sunday, March 15, 1:30 - 3 pm
International opera star Lawrence Brownlee brings his liquescent and golden voice to the greatest of the 19th-century song cycles in his Gardner Museum debut.