List Projects 27: fields harrington and Nancy Valladares

A white walled room with a tan wooden table and four tan wooden chairs in the middle of the room. To the right side of the table there is a wooden pedestal with a gray Plexiglas cube on top. There is a black framed drawing hung on the wall to the left of the pedestal. A row of eight test tubes are hung onto the wall to the left of the drawing.

Exhibition view: List Projects 27: fields harrington and Nancy Valladares, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2023. Photo: Mel Taing

Bakalar Gallery
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In July 2023, the MIT List Visual Arts Center presents works by fields harrington and Nancy Valladares in a two-person exhibition that inaugurates a year-long series of three experimental List Projects exhibitions that foreground and support artistic collaborations. 

In their respective practices, harrington and Valladares work across disciplines and media including sculpture and installation, text, photography, and the moving image. Both artists center research, and their works and related inquiries take a critical eye to overlooked technological and industrial histories. Each has also employed citizen science to shed light on the enduring toxicity of various colonial projects and the extractive processes that underpin racial and fossil capitalism (the ideas that racialized exploitation and carbon-intensive development directly support capital accumulation). Alongside a jointly authored new commission that will debut at the List Center, the exhibition will present sections from Valladares’s PHOTO/SYNTHETIC (2021—ongoing), which unpacks the environmental and economic impacts of the use of silver in analog photography, and a trio of works by harrington that take on the complicated legacy of Norbert Rillieux (1806–1894), a Black American chemical engineer and the inventor of the Multiple Effect Evaporator under Vacuum.

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fields harrington (b. 1986, Sacramento, CA) lives and and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has previously exhibited at Y2K Group, New York; Kunstraum, Brooklyn; Parsons School of Design, New York; Automat, Philadelphia; and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 2020, harrington was a participant in the Studio Program of the Independent Study Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art. harrington received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and BFA from the University of North Texas.

Nancy Dayanne Valladares (b. 1991, Tegucigalpa, Honduras) lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University, Chicago; Stiftung Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany; Sakiya, Palestine; Chuquimarca Projects, Chicago; and Goethe-Institut, Chicago; among others. Recent fellowships and residencies include Triangle Arts Association, the Film Study Center at Harvard University, Transmedia Storytelling Initiative at MIT, and Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. Valladares holds a Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

List Projects 27: fields harrington and Nancy Valladares is curated by Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator.

About The Series

This special series of experimental List Projects programming commemorates the tenth anniversary of the series and is comprised of three exhibitions in the Bakalar Gallery. Each presentation will pair two artists who share a history of conversation and foster their continued collaboration through a joint commission. A closing program featuring all six artists will round out the series, offering an opportunity for the artists to reflect on what it means for institutions to prioritize conversation and collaboration in their exhibition spaces.


Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Idee German Schoenheimer, Joyce Linde, Cynthia & John Reed, and Sara-Ann & Robert Sanders. This exhibition is also supported by generous donors to the 2023 McDermott Award Gala, hosted by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip S. Khoury, Vice Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.