Fernando Bryce: The Book of Needs


Saturday, February 3, 2018 (All day)

Repeats every day until Sun May 06 2018


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Fernando Bryce’s The Book of Needs is a multipart work comprised of 81 ink-on-paper drawings that explores issues of immigration, refugeeism,cultural difference, racism, indigeneity, and more through the re-creation of 1950s articles from the journal Courier, published by UNESCO. Bryce’s work purposefully illuminates and critiques the ideology behind the content of each page he selects. Following painstaking archival research, Bryce fastidiously re-creates his selected historical documents—word by word and image by image—using ink applied with watercolor brushes. The artist calls this process “mimetic analysis” and refers to himself as a para-historian. Instead of explaining history, as a conventional historian might, Bryce aims to show history. He “reveals” history through his hand and perspective: his deliberate choice of subjects as well as his selective enlargement and placement of image and text.

Admission: $15 adults, $13 seniors (65+), $10 non-Harvard students (18+).

Free for members; youth under 18; Cambridge residents (proof of residency required); and Harvard students, faculty, and staff (plus one guest). On Saturdays, from 10am–noon, Massachusetts residents receive free admission (proof of residency required).


Learn more about Fernando Bryce: The Book of Needs.