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Join the MassArt Graduate Programs at First Friday on June 3, 2022, 5-9pm, to celebrate the opening of MATERIAL AGENCY, on view at MassArt x SoWa from May 28 - July 17, 2022.


MATERIAL AGENCY is curated by Lucinda Bliss (Associate Provost and Dean of Professional and Continuing Education) and Jen Mawson (MassArt MFA'20 Photography) with collaborative support from Felicia D. Scott Flint (MFA'17 3D Fine Arts) and Rebecca Morrison (MFA'18 Film/Video).

Featured artists include:



Material Agency brings together artists working with bits and bytes, dirt, ice, marble, paper, thread, detritus, sound, and green matter. To be with this work is to be redirected toward the material, the sensorial, the navigational, and into the body’s way of knowing.

The artists in this show disrupt our sense of time and place, decentering the human by transporting us into bogs, reframing the ruins of antiquity, taking us on astronomical walks, immersing us in a 100-year archive, dressing us in a regalia of place, overwhelming us with coal and melting glaciers, offering a prayer of bricks and plants, and inviting us to listen as a way of knowing.

The result is an enchantment. The focus on place, process, and materiality makes visible that which is blotted out by a history of unconscious human activity. The artists’ enchantment invites and illuminates–gives us courage to absorb the sublime, to witness beauty and horror, to look anew at the landscape around us, and acknowledge the profound impact that our disconnection, and our obsessive focus on the individual, has had on the natural world.


This event is free and open to the public.


MassArt x SoWa

460C Harrison Avenue, Suite C-08

Boston, MA 02118

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and Sunday 11-4pm.


*Effective January 15, 2022, all visitors to the MassArt x SoWa gallery must be vaccinated, in compliance with The city of Boston’s B Together vaccine requirement for cultural institutions and indoor entertainment.


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Stephanie CardonCompanion Species: Opuntia humifusa, 2022 Repurposed chimney bricks, sandy loam, fabric, opuntia humifusa, grow lamp. Approx 12” x 50” x 60"

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  • Rebecca Morrison
  • Calvin Bingham
  • Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero

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