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Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist

From January 26, 2020 — June 28, 2020

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A Notice About the Congratulations and Celebrations Sweater

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, the BMA’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Until the necessity of measures like social distancing has passed, the Museum has decided to suspend the Congratulations and Celebrations participatory project. If you were signed up to receive the sweater in March or April, the BMA will contact you about rescheduling.

Based on the attire of women activists, warriors, and cultural figures, Ellen Lesperance creates gouache paintings rendered in the universal shorthand of knitting patterns. This exhibition features seven works from her ongoing Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp series. The works in the series are inspired by protest garments made and worn by separatist feminists while demonstrating against U.S. nuclear weapons storage in Berkshire, England, from 1981 to 2000. For Lesperance’s ongoing participatory project, Congratulations and Celebrations, anyone who wishes to, may borrow the artist’s hand-knit sweater featuring a labrys battle axe—a symbol of feminist and lesbian strength—to wear while performing an act of courage.  For a chance to be selected, register here.

Curated by Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann

This exhibition is supported by the Estate of Margaret Hammond Cooke.

A Notice About the Congratulations and Celebrations Sweater

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, the BMA’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of visitors, staff, and volunteers. Until the necessity of measures like social distancing has passed, the Museum has decided to suspend the Congratulations and Celebrations participatory project. If you were signed up to receive the sweater in March or April, the BMA will contact you about rescheduling.

Based on the attire of women activists, warriors, and cultural figures, Ellen Lesperance creates gouache paintings rendered in the universal shorthand of knitting patterns. This exhibition features seven works from her ongoing Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp series. The works in the series are inspired by protest garments made and worn by separatist feminists while demonstrating against U.S. nuclear weapons storage in Berkshire, England, from 1981 to 2000. For Lesperance’s ongoing participatory project, Congratulations and Celebrations, anyone who wishes to, may borrow the artist’s hand-knit sweater featuring a labrys battle axe—a symbol of feminist and lesbian strength—to wear while performing an act of courage.  For a chance to be selected, register here.

Image: Ellen Lesperance. Velvet Fist. 2014-15. Courtesy of Adams and Ollman, Portland and Derek Eller Gallery, New York