Harvard Art Museum merges fine art with printmaking in new exhibit

ByJames I. Robertson

Apr 28, 2022

This week, GBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen joins the Morning Edition team to discuss a new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museum, two exhibitions that tackle the complexities of motherhood and where you can find art for free.

On view at the Harvard Art Museum through July 31

A new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museum examines the efforts of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives to bring artists into the field of printmaking in Greater Philadelphia. BWA, a non-profit cultural institution committed to creating an environment for artists from diverse backgrounds, has expanded over time to include international artists in their printmaking residency.

“We’re seeing this exhibition of this wide range of artists, artists that we wouldn’t necessarily know. They’re early in their careers and were very early in their careers, when they went to Brandywine, to very artists famous like Howard Dean Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar,” says Bowen.

My Country Needs Me by Rodney Ewing.

Rodney Ewing/Harvard Art Museums Collections Online

PRIME! Harvard Art Museums at night begins TONIGHT – Thursday, April 28 – and will be held on the last Thursday of each month. The free event features all the art you’d expect, plus food, drink, student-led tours, and DJs.

Performing at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown on April 29 and 30

“It’s your chance to see this show before it goes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is one of the great avenues of theater for people building plans,” Bowen said.

“Too Fat For China” is a show by Phoebe Potts that takes audiences through her journey to motherhood as she attempts to adopt a baby from China. The show’s name is derived from Chinese restrictions on the weight of mothers who adopt Chinese children and babies.

“We find riotous in the raw, Phoebe Potts delivers this freshly and finely crafted piece not only through the adoption process, but also through her own complicity in a world where babies are essentially ultimately purchased but of course, deeply loved, hopefully at the end of the day,” says Bowen.

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Phoebe Potts with outstretched hand

Jason Grow / Gloucester Stadium

On view in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library through May 21

This production tells the story of a grieving mother after her comic-loving son is shot dead by the police. “The actress playing the mother is Ramona Lisa Alexander, and she delivers an incredibly palpable performance that makes it impossible to learn about another one of those horrific shoots without understanding it on an even more visceral level,” says Bowen.

“Prices, again, I love to talk about free. Ticket prices start at zero. So pay what you can,” Bowen says. “I think everyone should see this.”

A woman looks directly into the eyes of the viewer, pointing a spear at him
Lisa Alexander as Maasai Angel

PHOTO: John Oluwole ADEkoje, ILLUSTRATION: Cagen Luse / Company One Theater


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