The performance and cast concrete sculpture Now, Speak!, 2011 serves as a spontaneous platform for public discourse open to all, 24 hours a day. For the opening of “Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,” the sculpture will be activated by the staging of historical speeches in the voices of local leaders and members of the MFA’s Teen Arts Council. The speakers are members of the community, educators, artists, and activists for whom speaking up is central to their creative practice.

6–6:15 pm— Ian Deleón, visual artist and educator  I Am an Anarchist, by Lucy Eldine Gonzalez Parsons, 1886.

6:15–6:25 pm— Eroc Arroyo-Montano, hip-hop artist, educator, and activist  A Litany for Survival, by Audre Lorde, 1978.

6:25–6:35 pm— Ximena Izquierdo-Ugaz, Writer and visual artist Manifesto: Hablo por mi diferencia, by Pedro Lemebel, 1986.

6:35–6:45 pm— Optimus (Op) Browne, Hip-hop artist, educator, and activist  How Can You Buy or Sell The Sky?, by Chief Seattle/Ted Perry, 1850s.

6:45–7 pm— Ellie Simmons, TAC member, Westborough High School  A Speech on Race, by Robert Kennedy, 1966.

7–7:15 pm— Audrey Ruano, TAC member, Boston Latin High School  An International Response to a Global Crisis, by Sayeeda Warsi, 2013.

7:15–7:30 pm— Elizabeth George, TAC member, Boston Latin High School  The Hope Speech, by Harvey Milk, 1978.

7:30–7:45 pm— Sam Jones, TAC member, Newton North High School  Women’s Rights Are Human Rights, by Hillary Clinton, 1995.


Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, 2013  2013.1829 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.


Amalia Pica, Now, Speak!, 2011–, cast concrete, live performance
Photography by Eduardo Restrepo


This exhibition is supported by the Museum Council Artist in Residency Program Fund.