Now Speak!

Amalia Pica (Argentinean, lives in London, born in 1978)


Overall: 151 x 101.8 x 81.2 cm, 544.32 kg (59 7/16 x 40 1/16 x 31 15/16 in., 1200 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast concrete, live performance

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



“I am interested in what brings us together, and so communication and its difficulties are for me a sign of how much we need each other.”

Pica’s lectern is an invitation to publicly share our unique voices. It may be animated with planned performances of historical political speeches, or inspire spontaneous declarations—perhaps by you. “Now, Speak!” is Michelangelo’s legendary command, as he completed his exceptionally lifelike sculpture of Moses. Pica updates the classic quote as contemporary “social sculpture.” Both physical object and symbolic platform, her art prompts expression, dialogue, and action.


By 2013, consigned by the artist to Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; 2013, sold by Marc Foxx Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 2013)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously


Reproduced with permission.