Joana Vasconcelos

Valkyrie Mumbet Past

February 22, 2020–January 29, 2023

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

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

This exhibition was curated by Lisa Tung, Executive Director, with Michaela Blanc, Curatorial Fellow.

Joana Vasconcelos | Valkyrie Mumbet was made possible in part by the generous support of Anonymous; Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté; David and Lynn Eikenberry; the Portuguese Consulate of Boston; and TAP Air Portugal.

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