Collection Artwork
Olivia Parker (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1941)
Pea Pod
1976
toned gelatin silver contact print
paper size: 7 x 5 in.
image size: 7 x 5 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
2015.1.144
Signed, dated, and inscribed in pencil, verso, lower edge: Olivia Parker 1976 #6
Inscribed, verso, upper right: X 14 [in circle]

Object Label

An overarching goal of Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle’s ecosexuality manifesto is to encourage a more thoughtful relationship with the earth and to cherish it as one would a lover. By eroticizing nature, ecosexuality seeks to change the way people view the planet. Likewise, Olivia Parker photographs fruits with such tenderness that they are transformed into something erotic. The crevice of a fertile pea pod, the seductive curves of a ripe, juicy pear: this imagery urges viewers to see the fruits of the earth through a sensuous lens, which may in turn lead us to forge more intimate connections with earth’s offerings.
–Caroline Coxe ’20

From the exhibition: Lover Earth
Art and Ecosexuality (May 30 – August 23, 2020)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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Pattern by Erin Barry ’16
Inspired by the exhibition The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.