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‘She’s got it right’: Healey hangs two MFA paintings by Black artists in her State House office

Dec. 8, 2023

Governor Maura Healey selected two paintings, both by Black artists, from the Museum of Fine Arts to hang in her office as a continuation of her commitment to representing the state’s diversity in the State House’s artwork, according to a press release from her office.

The paintings, “Black Tie” by Robert T. Freeman and “At the Tremont Street Car Barns” by Allan Rohan Crite, depict Black Americans in society in earlier decades.

“When people walk into the Governor’s office, I want them to feel seen, represented and empowered,” Healey said in the press release. “An important way to do this is by hanging artwork that is representative of the diverse Massachusetts experience.”

Healey and Driscoll called on Michael Bobbitt, executive director of the Mass Cultural Council, Makeeba McCreary, president of the New Commonwealth Fund, Joyce Linehan, assistant to the president for special projects at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Susan Greendyke Lachevre, curator of the State House Art Commission, to help curate the artwork.

Read full story in The Boston Globe.