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Members of the MFA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC) and local community leaders deliver historical political speeches for the inaugural performance with Amalia Pica’s Now, Speak!, a cast-concrete lectern that prompts live performance. The first performance art piece acquired by the MFA (2013.1829), this interactive sculpture explores how our voices can activate art objects, create social space, and reinterpret history over time.

  • 10:00-10:10 am—Ellie Simmons, TAC member, Westborough High School reads A Speech on Race – Robert Kennedy (Oct. 26, 1966)
  • 10:20-10:30 am—Sam Jones, TAC member, Newton North High School reads Women’s Rights are Human Rights – Hillary Clinton (Sept 5, 1995)
  • 10:40-10:50 am—Audrey Ruano, TAC member, Boston Latin High School reads An International Response to a Global Crisis – Sayeeda Warsi (Nov. 15, 2013)
  • 11:00-11:10 am—Jimmy Tingle, Comedian and Social and Political reads The Most Durable Power (November 6, 1956) – Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Power of Nonviolence (June 4, 1957) - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 11:20-11:30 am— Elizabeth George, TAC member, Boston Latin High School reads The Hope Speech – Harvey Milk (1978)
  • 11:40-11:50 am—Jeremy Thompson, Haley House Transitional Employment Program (TEP) Manager reads Inaugural Address - John F. Kennedy (Jan 20, 1961)
  • 12:00-12:10 pm—Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivers remarks
  • 12:20-12:30 pm—Walter Carrington, Former US Ambassador to Nigeria reads Gettysburg Address – Abraham Lincoln (Nov 18, 1863)
  • 1:00-1:10 pm— Ellie Simmons, TAC member, Westborough High School readsA Speech on Race – Robert Kennedy (Oct. 26, 1966)
  • 1:15-1:25 pm—Audrey Ruano, TAC member, Boston Latin High School reads An International Response to a Global Crisis – Sayeeda Warsi (Nov. 15, 2013)
  • 1:30-1:40 pm—Elizabeth George, TAC member, Boston Latin High School reads The Hope Speech – Harvey Milk (1978)
  • 1:45-1:55pm—Sam Jones, TAC member, Newton North High School reads Women’s Rights are Human Rights – Hillary Clinton (Sept 5, 1995)
  • 2:00-4:45 pm—Museum visitors are invited to contribute their live voices to the public forum 

Sign Language InterpretationBlind or Low VisionASL Interpretation from 1–2 pm.

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously. This version was cast in 2012 by Public Art Fund for exhibition and public use in City Hall Park, New York. This presentation is supported by the Museum Council Artist in Residency Program Fund. The Museum Council, MFA patrons aged 21-45, endowed this program to promote direct engagement with living artists and their art at the Museum.

This event took place January 20, 2014, as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. See the full schedule of events.


Sponsors

Teen Arts Council is funded by the Yawkey Foundations, the Pamela D. and Robert W. Adams Fund, the Dorothy B. and Owen W. Robbins Teen Arts Council Fund, Robert E. Schiesske, the Dean Welfare Trust, the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Endowment for the Teen Arts Council, and the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation. With special thanks to Richard and Priscilla Hunt for their generous support.