Mary Reid Kelley The Syphilis of Sisyphus
Mary Reid Kelley
The Syphilis of Sisyphus
As part of the Wexner Center’s 25th anniversary, The Box is dedicating the entire year of programming to work produced in the Film/Video Studio. Screenings in this free exhibition space for video, located just across from the Wexner Center Store, run continuously seven days a week, the same hours as our ticket office (Mon–Wed: 9 AM–6 PM; Thu–Fri: 9 AM–8 PM; Sat: 10 AM–8 PM; Sun: 11 AM–6 PM).
French history gets an absurdist makeover in this recent video by Mary Reid Kelley. Reid Kelley plays a working-class woman in mid-nineteenth-century France, a “grissete,” who wanders through an elaborately designed black and white set, waxing philosophically in metered, rhyming verse about beauty, artifice, and the natural world. Jesus, Karl Marx, and Diderot are among figures of intellectual history who appear in this clever satire. (11 mins., video)