Jefferson Pinder, Ben-Hur

Curated by Justine Topfer, commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' 5 x 5 initiative. Corcoran Gallery Gallery of Art

Ben-Hur is a time-based endurance piece by Jefferson Pinder in which he continues his investigation of dynamic movement. Accompanied by the stylization of DJ Tony Tech, six male performers will engage in a performance that tests their strength and physical stamina. Loosely inspired by the galley scene in the 1959 Hollywood epic Ben-Hur, the piece demands that Pinder’s crew work themselves to exhaustion. Although specifically about the historical, social, and political ideas surrounding masculinity and “blackness”, Ben-Hur also evokes our collective experience of human predicament and struggle.