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Color and pattern accost (in the very best way) at MAAM

Atelier Joana Vasconcelos

No, those aren’t pinatas. The monumental multicolored pieces suspended from the ceiling of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s new MassArt Art Museum are part of a site-specific installation by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. The exhibition, “Valkyrie Mumbet,” celebrates Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose 1781 court battle helped outlaw slavery in Massachusetts. The eye-popping, organic forms also celebrate contemporary fiber arts, and they’re well worth a look, as is the new museum space. 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-879-7333, maam.massart.edu


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.