Collection Artwork
Olivia Parker (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1941)
1977, printed 1980
toned gelatin silver contact print on Kodak paper
paper size: 8 x 10 in.
image size: 7 3/4 x 9 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
Inscribed, signed, and dated in ink, sideways, in margin to left of image: 65 [in circle] “Bosc” Olivia Parker © print 1977 Neg. 1977 / print 1980 #23
Inscribed in ink, in margin to left of image, left of each corner of image, upward arrows
Inscribed, verso, lower right: 5 [or S]

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.
Pattern by Monica Andrews '19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
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.