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MAAM grand opening: 2/22/2020. Joana Vasconcelos in her first U.S. solo show, will premiere a monumental site-specific installation honoring Bostonian Elizabeth “Mumbet" Freeman.

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Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman

In her first U.S. solo show, Joana Vasconcelos will premiere a site-specific installation which 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.

Railton, Ben. "How two Massachusetts slaves won their freedom -- and then abolished slavery.", 3 July 2017.

Swan, Jon. “The Slave Who Sued for Freedom.” American Heritage, vol. 41, no. 2, Mar. 1990, p. 51. In the Godine Library print serials collections.

Massachusetts History Society. African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts.

Joana Vasconcelos at Guggenheim Bilbao

Articles on Joana Vasconcelos

HANSON SP. Joana Vasconcelos. Art + Auction. 2013

Oliveira, Márcia, and Maria Luísa Coelho. “On Appropriation and Craft: Considering the Feminist Problem of de-Politicization.” N.Paradoxa: The Only International Feminist Art Journal, vol. 38, July 2016, pp. 5–13. Godine Library Print Journals.