Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent
In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young African-American elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. This chance encounter changed both of their lives. McKeller posed for gods, goddesses, and allegorical figures in Sargent's murals for the Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition reconstructs McKeller's life and work with Sargent, while raising important questions of race, class, and sexuality, as relevant today as they were in Gilded Age Boston.