The MFA Unveils A New Outdoor Mural To Address Racism And …

The MFA Unveils A New Outdoor Mural To Address Racism And …

Calling forth powerful images highlighting the struggle against racial and police violence toward people of color in America today, “No Weapon Against Thee Shall Prosper” is a mural with many functions. The mural, which will feature on the front lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when it opens Sept. 26, serves as an introduction and conversation starter for museum visitors — on the issue of police brutality and racism in America, but also what role the arts and museums specifically play in reflecting communities of color.
Sophia Dawson, one of the collaborating artists behind “No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper,” hopes the mural will also be an invitation to previously marginalized communities of color to feel welcome at institutions like the MFA. Dawson’s art has a history of highlighting subjects like the mothers of people killed by police violence and racism or political prisoners. Her work is meant to present harsh truths that demand confrontation, and her depiction of George Floyd’s mother cradling her young son is no different.

Workers install the new mural on the Huntington Avenue lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Workers install the new mural on the Huntington Avenue lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The mural is carefully installed in panels. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The mural is carefully installed in panels. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Sophia Dawson, one of the artists behind the mural hopes it will be an invitation to previously marginalized communities of color to feel welcome at institutions like the MFA. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Sophia Dawson, one of the artists behind the mural hopes it will be an invitation to previously marginalized communities of color to feel welcome at institutions like the MFA. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Published at Wed, 23 Sep 2020 02:39:00 +0000

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