Nightmare at the Helmsley Palace
From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Artist: Judith Yourman
December 18, 1992 – January 31, 1993
Minnesota Artists Gallery
Nightmare at the Helmsley Palace evolved out of Judith Yourman’s fascination with Leona Helmsley, who was a featured subject in Yourman’s art long before the socialite’s famous trial and conviction. Yourman’s interest in Leona as a social icon led her, camera in hand, to the New York Federal Court to witness the actual trial, including the testimony of the participants and “the side show of the press.” Nightmare at the Helmsley Palace examined the Helmsley persona, the trial and its media coverage. Exploring the relationships between information and entertainment, art and spectacle, the installation featured both static and moving images and incorporated film, film animation, computer animation, video, sound, painted images and text in its presentation.