About the Exhibition

Self-described "ghetto potter" Roberto Lugo uses porcelain, a medium traditionally reserved for the wealthy, to explore inequality and racial and social justice. His work often takes familiar shapes drawn from European and Asian ceramic traditions, including ginger jars, amphorae, and teapots, but their hand-painted surfaces take inspiration from street art and feature contemporary iconography, and celebrate important figures in Black and Latino culture. A number of the all-new pieces in this exhibition incorporate gun parts from decommissioned handguns obtained in a Hartford, Connecticut gun buyback in 2018 sponsored by #UNLOAD Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the #UNLOAD Foundation, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, and Aquarion Water Company. The Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community is a community partner for the museum’s programming this fall.

Background image: Roberto Lugo, Vengo dal Ghetto, AOC, 2020, glazed ceramic. Photography by Dominic Episcopo courtesy of Wexler Gallery


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Browse Selected Artworks

Roberto Lugo: New Ceramics



All programs will be live-streamed (unless indicated). Recordings will be available on our website and YouTube channel. All times are Eastern Standard. To register, click below.



Gallery Talk: Roberto Lugo

Tuesday, September 21, 5 p.m.

Lecture: Radical Vessels: History and the Pottery of Roberto Lugo

Andrew Davenport, PhD candidate, Georgetown University, and Public Historian, Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Wednesday, September 29, 5 p.m.

Art in Focus: Roberto Lugo, Vengo dal Ghetto, AOC, 2020, glazed ceramic

Michelle DiMarzo, Curator of Education and Academic Engagement

Thursday, October 14, 11 a.m.


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