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The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

The Hour of Lead begins with the premise that human nature holds on, records, and commemorates, and that we strive to remember select people, places, and moments that have passed. As the present moment slides into the past, we have an opportunity to choose which memories and objects to preserve, and which to leave behind, creating space for growth, new experience, and emerging community. 

The work in this exhibit explores the burden of loss – broadly defined through a wide range of tools and techniques – and opens a space for investigation, discovery, and healing. The artists in this show have various ways of preserving, recreating, and cataloging the absences, losses, and experiences that weigh on them: the longing for post-pandemic normalcy, the absence of intimacy, the  recollection of good times, and the persistence of complicated emotions. These longings drive the creative process. Some of these artists express anxiety about reentering the world;  others clinically catalog absence and  loss. Here we see lifelines to a present  that recognizes the cyclical nature of events, reframes priorities, and forges new patterns. Reflection and forward movement are expressed through a variety of media; the viewer can glimpse a body, a place, or an object that simultaneously evokes nostalgia and suggests a different future. 

–Kevin Long and Cynthia Zeman




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Exhibition Archive

2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part I) | MassArt x SoWa


Apr 29 – May 14, 2023

Speculative Futurisms | MassArt x SoWa | Dennis Svoronos

Speculative Futurisms

Mar 11 – Apr 23, 2023

The Hour of Lead | MassArt x SoWa

The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

2022 Design Biennial | MassArt x SoWa | Installation View | Meyer + Smillie

2022 Design Biennial

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2023

The New Drawing Room | MassArt x SoWa | Karmimadeebora McMillan

The New Drawing Room

Aug 20 – Sep 25, 2022

Material Agency | MassArt SoWa | Stephanie Cardon


May 28 – Jul 17, 2022


Apr 23 – May 22, 2022

SOURCE at MassArt x SoWa 2022


Mar 12 – Apr 17, 2022

Triple Oscillation // MassArt x SoWa

Triple Oscillation

Jan 15 – Mar 6, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

Yeah, I'm Doing Great | MassArt x SoWa | Installation Shot

Yeah, I'm Doing Great

Oct 30 – Nov 28, 2021

Zaire Love | MassArt x SoWa Protest and Power

Protest and Power

Sep 24 – Oct 24, 2021

2021 MFA Spring Thesis

May 3 – Jun 6, 2021