Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA displays a summer show with art by Viola Moriarty and her daughters Anna Moriarty Lev and Phoebe Moriarty Lev through September 2019. The show features a collection of still lifes and portraits–a variety of bold and colorful pieces by a family connected through art.
Viola Moriarty’s work includes portrait pieces and still lifes that capture simple and beautiful everyday moments, painted both inside her studio and outside. She started painting in oils in 2002 and it changed the way she saw the world. Viola’s art lives on through her daughters and her collection of personal, compelling work.
Phoebe Moriarty Lev lives and works in southern Chile, painting on canvas and anything she can find, including blank walls for her mural work.
Anna Moriarty Lev is a cartoonist and figurative painter, focusing on people and daily rituals. One of these rituals, coffee, is a recurring theme in both her art and family life. After her first child was born, she found some peace in walking to and visiting Tunnel City Coffee. Anna sends bags of Tunnel City Coffee’s dark roast Sumatra coffee beans to her sister in Chile, where instant coffee is the more popular choice.
“That cup of coffee in the morning is one little connection between faraway siblings,” says Anna.
Their artist statement reads: “This exhibit is about more than just women and coffee. It is about bold and intense women and what fuels us, about the art that connects us to the mother we so deeply miss, and about the little inspirations that come from living a full creative life, which can be anything from an intense sense of loss to a beautiful mug filled with cafe con leche.”
Viola, Phoebe and Anna’s summer art show at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA runs through the end of September 2019 and many pieces are available for purchase.
Photo courtesy of Anna Moriarty Lev