List Projects 29: Brittni Ann Harvey and Harry Gould Harvey IV
A two-person exhibition featuring works by Fall River, Massachusetts-based artists Brittni Ann Harvey and Harry Gould Harvey IV will be the finale in a special season of experimental List Projects exhibitions that foregrounds artistic collaborations. Each show pairs artists who share a history of collaboration and fosters their continued dialogue through a joint commission.
Brittni Ann Harvey works primarily in sculpture and installation, using techniques ranging from the traditional (such as wax casting) to the computerized (like machine embroidery) to make objects that appear uncannily out of time. The creaturely forms of embroidered velvet trefoils and sinewy bronze in her recent Robot Dog series draw links between the once-thriving textile industry in Fall River, and the robotics industry now flourishing in Massachusetts. Harry Gould Harvey IV’s sculptures and works on paper also consider the region’s economic and class dynamics, reclaiming, for example, architectural ornamentation from Gilded Age mansions in Newport, RI, as the handcraft of laborers from nearby Fall River. His prolific drawing practice melds religious and esoteric imagery with wordplay that references the many dialects spoken by Fall River’s working-class communities.
Both artists center recurring motifs that relate to the visual culture of the South Coast region, and their respective works share a devotional aesthetic, lending a spiritual dimension to their reflections on the post-industrial area’s social and economic conditions. As co-founders of the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art, the two also tend to an ongoing creative collaboration. A shared social practice with an educational mission, this artist-led contemporary art space and cultural center sustains a dialogue with the town’s material culture, historical and present, as well as its industrial past. Alongside a collaboratively authored new commission, their List Center exhibition will feature a selection of works that speak to the artists’ investment in Fall River, and the economic and social conditions that contribute to what they call “an ecology of place.”
Brittni Ann Harvey (b. 1992, Newport, RI; lives and works in Fall River) has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at NOW: Gallery, San Isidro, Peru (2022); Someday Gallery, New York (2021); and Anthony Greaney, Somerville, MA (2021). She has shown in group presentations at Nino Mier, Los Angeles (2023); the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2022); PPOW, New York (2021); and Nir Altman, Munich (2021), among others. She received her B.F.A. in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Harry Gould Harvey IV (b. 1991, Fall River, MA; lives and works in Fall River) has been the subject of recent solo and two person exhibitions at PPOW, New York (2023); the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2023); David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence (2021); Bureau, New York (2021); Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York, (2018); Motel, Brooklyn, (2018); and Atlanta Contemporary, (2018).
List Projects 29: Brittni Ann Harvey and Harry Gould Harvey IV 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 workshop 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, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.