Collection Artwork
Olivia Parker (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1941)
Bosc
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
2015.1.143
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)

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Lover Earth
Art and Ecosexuality
Exhibition
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Pattern by Nathan Bloom ’21
Inspired by the performance Honey Baby in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle
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.