Regarding Ingres: A Reading

03/31/2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

A reading by contributors to Regarding Ingres: Fourteen Stories, an anthology of newly commissioned texts from the NYU Creative Writing Program MFA students that pay homage to Jean-August-Dominique Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville from 1845, one of the Frick Collection’s most celebrated paintings. With opening remarks by Darin Strauss, faculty adviser for the project and author of the book’s introduction, and Michaelyn Mitchell, editor-in-chief of the Frick Collection.

Gathered here are fourteen fictional stories inspired by one of Ingres’s most captivating portrait paintings. A detail of the work—the fine silk dress, a red ribbon, a shawl casually draped over the arm of a chair, the contents of a tabletop, the contemplative pose—is the starting point for each story. The pieces range from gothic tales that take place at the time of the painting in the mid-nineteenth century and stories that use the countess as a key character to a present-day ghost story and inventive sagas that take representations of the countess to faraway lands: Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, India, and a heaven that is populated solely by Black people.

Open to the public. All attendees are required to RSVP in advance; please click here.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

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