Joana Vasconcelos

Valkyrie Mumbet Upcoming

February 22–August 2, 2020

Renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will premiere a new monumental site-specific installation. Known for her unprecedented multimedia works, Vasconcelos, in her first U.S. solo show, will honor Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose legal battle for her freedom in 1781 helped end slavery in Massachusetts. The large-scale installation, entitled Valkyrie Mumbet, is the newest in her Valkyries series, named after Norse female war goddesses, that pay homage to inspiring women.

Stephen D. Paine Gallery
Free and open to the public. Always.

Curated by Lisa Tung

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The MAAM site is set in MAAM Sans drawn by Nick Sherman (MassArt ’06), Beatrice by Sharp Type, and Stellar by Pangram Pangram.

The site was designed by MassArt alumnæ at Moth Design, written by 43,000 Feet, and developed by pod consulting.

“Our People” shot by Dolphin Photography.