Mary Reid Kelley The Syphilis of Sisyphus

Film/Video

Images courtesy of the artist

Mary Reid Kelley
The Syphilis of Sisyphus

(2011)

The Box

The Wexner Center's exhibition space for video, The Box features varied works shown in an intimate setting. The Box is located just across from the Wexner Center Store. Screenings 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).

Mon, Oct 1, 2012Wed, Oct 31, 2012
Repeats every day until Wed Oct 31 2012 .

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)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

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Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

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