Gallery Met: Something about Mary
Something about Mary
On the occasion of the new production of Puccini’s Tosca
Hugh Bush, Paul Chan, Francesco Clemente, George Condo, John Currin, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Feinstein, Barnaby Furnas, Elizabeth Peyton, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Dana Schutz, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Francesco Vezzoli
September 22, 2009 – January 31, 2010
Sixteen contemporary artists were featured in Something about Mary, inspired by the company’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, which opened the 2009–10 season. In the first scene of the opera, the painter Mario Cavaradossi is returning to work on a portrait of Mary Magdalene when his lover, the singer Tosca, enters and realizes he’s chosen another woman as his model—his Magdalene’s eyes are blue and Tosca’s are brown. With this in mind, 14 of the artists created their own visions of one of the Bible’s most famous figures, while Marlene Dumas and Kiki Smith lent previously created works on the same subject.