Murals for the Movement
This stirring outdoor installation is part of Murals for the Movement, Street Theory Gallery’s new public art initiative aimed at reimagining American cities as more diverse, multicultural, and tolerant places to live. No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper (2020), the installation’s expansive centerpiece, features portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., a clenched fist—the universal symbol of solidarity and support—and an infant George Floyd in the arms of his mother. Artists Cey Adams, Sophia Dawson, and Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez created the mural as a tribute to victims of police brutality and mass incarceration. Joining it on the MFA’s Huntington Avenue Lawn are two new panels by the Museum’s artists-in-residence, Rob “Problak” Gibbs and Rob Stull.
Street Theory Gallery started Murals for the Movement to uplift and rebuild communities throughout the US by installing large-scale murals and public art by Black artists and artists of color. This year, the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others has sparked outrage and uprisings across the country. Murals for the Movement’s installations have acted as backdrops to protests in many cities, providing reminders of the beauty, hope, and justice so many are striving for.