KERRY TRIBE: THERE WILL BE
Tribeʼs current body of work focuses on the legendary history of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Completed in 1928, Greystone was the most expensive residence in California at the time. Built for the family of Ned Doheny Jr., son of a prominent oil tycoon, the house became the site of tragedy when, only four months after moving in, Doheny and his secretary Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death. The official finding was murder-suicide: Plunkett killed Doheny in a fit of paranoia and then shot himself. But other theories abound. Dohenyʼs widow sold the mansion in 1955 and thereafter it became a popular Hollywood filming location. Over 60 feature films have used the mansion as a set.
Tribeʼs new work confronts both the historical events that took place at the mansion and its second life in cinema. Shot on location at Greystone Mansion, it uses actors in period costume to explore a range of possible solutions to the mystery of what may have actually taken place. All of the dialogue in Greystone is appropriated from scenes in films that were also shot at the mansion. The result is an ensemble of historic characters who advance their story using oddly familiar yet radically decontextualized language.
With Greystone, Tribe has created a structured, complex film that engages with the narrative possibilities and language of conventional Hollywood cinema. In addition to the film, she will be exhibiting photographs, collages, the annotated film script, and research materials.