City Hall Galleries

The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display.

The Scollay Square Gallery showcases the many arts organizations and artists community groups that support Boston artists throughout the city.

Currently Showing:


LIFT

  • Location: Mayors Gallery, 5th floor (Directions)

  • Dates: March 1 – March 31, 2015

LIFT is a series of photographs celebrating four women powerlifters - women who defy physical and cultural stereotypes by Liane Brandon.  They range in age from 27 to 60 and they are smart, interesting and strong.  They have all won regional, national or world competitions  Lodrina is a forensic computer expert who weighs 123 pounds and can lift (an astonishing) 385 pounds.  She just placed first in national competition.  Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in kinesthesiology.  Candace is a mom, the lead singer in a band, and a national titleholder.  Jane, the oldest, is a grandmother who went to Wellesley College.  She holds four world records. Brandon has created astounding images that convey the physical nature of the sport while evoking the spirit of these women.

“I have always been concerned with the disconnect between public perception, media portrayal and reality — especially in the characterization of women,” Brandon said, “While my still photography has covered a wide range of subjects, the lingering issue of media stereotypes and women has never been far from my mind.The challenge for me as a documentary photographer is to create images that both convey the physical nature of the sport and evoke the spirit of these women.  While they are quite literally strong, I also see their physical strength as a metaphor for all the qualities I respect in women who have made a total commitment to any endeavor: courage, conviction, dedication, and perseverance.”

Liane Brandon (http://www.lianebrandon.com) is an award-winning independent filmmaker, photographer and University of Massachusetts/Amherst Professor Emerita.  Brandon has photographed wildlife, jazz musicians, artists, writers, Cape Verdean longshoremen, and production stills for the PBS television series American Experience, Nova, and American Masters.  Her photos have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many other publications.Her groundbreaking films Anything You Want To Be and Betty Tells Her Story were among the first and most popular consciousness raising tools of the Women's Movement.  Her films have been featured on HBO, USA Cable, and TLC and presented at MoMA, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tribeca Film Festival. 


Four Points of View

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd floor (Directions)

  • Dates: March 1 - March 31, 2015

The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture will feature the work of four women artists, all exploring portraiture from distinctive points of view and influences.  Having studied and worked over many years in various parts of the world and in many venues, they ultimately met while studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 

While their styles and use of materials are different, they share the same journey: in seeing, interpreting, and representing the sitter, the place, and the mind’s eye, while looking inward and looking beyond—inside themselves as well as what is before them.In art-making, there is always a piece of the artist in the work.  This is true for portraiture as well.  The work represents their individual paths, but also paths that have crossed. “After years of working together and supporting one another, we are pleased to be able to show our work collectively and share it with you.  This opportunity is an exciting one for us, and we thank the City with its strong support for the arts for giving us this opportunity.”

Exhibiting artists are Miae Cho, Suzanne Kreinsen, Wendy Moran and Jenny Lai Olsen

 


Curating the Legacy of James Michael Curley

  • Date: March 1 - March 31, 2015

BOSTON – In honor of the centennial of the building of the former mayor’s mansion at 350 The Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain, Wentworth Institute of Technology will feature an exhibition of work produced by students enrolled in a Media, Culture, and Communications Studies course titled Digital Approaches to Boston Culture: Curating the Legacy of Mayor James Michael Curley (http://studio.wit-mccs.org/curleyproject/). A poster exhibit, showcasing curatorial concepts for a digital/virtual house museum, will be on display in the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery from March 1 to March 31, 2015.  The Gallery is located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.

A companion exhibit of Curley-related projects and artifacts will be featured in a glass display case located in the lobby / reception area of the Mayor’s office, located on the 5th floor of City Hall. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 5th floor, follow signs to Mayor's Office.

Although his opponents had him barred from succeeding himself as mayor, Curley was re-elected at three different intervals from 1922-26, from 1930-34, and from 1946-50. In 1934, Curley reached the pinnacle of his career when he was elected Governor of Massachusetts.  He lived in the Jamaicaway mansion until he sold it to the Oblate Fathers in 1956, two years before his death. The Oblates lived in the house until 1988, when the City of Boston purchased it via the George Robert White Fund, and today it remains a testament to the Curley legacy.

The Curley house has proven to be an ideal vehicle for a new mode of pedagogy that is being developed at Wentworth Institute of Technology, E.P.I.C. Learning (externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary curricula for learning), which promotes undergraduate education by encouraging students from various disciplines to work in teams on projects that motivate both internal and external collaborations. The goal of this studio course is to utilize the E.P.I.C. approach while engaging with issues in the humanities and social sciences that can resonate with the Boston public in meaningful ways (http://studio.wit-mccs.org/curleyproject/e-p-i-c-learning/). In addition, through the use of innovative digital techniques, this course, and the Department of Humanities and Social Science’s new Media, Culture, and Communications Studies minor (http://wit-mccs.org), plays an important role in fostering digital humanities skills at Wentworth.

 

 

Directions & Locations

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  • Mayor's Art Gallery:

    Located on the 5th floor of City Hall. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 5th floor, follow signs to Mayor's Office: signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.

  • Scollay Square Gallery:

    Located on the 3rd floor/main lobby of City Hall. When entering from Congress St, take elevators to 3rd floor, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. When entering from City Hall Plaza, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. Signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.

  • Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery:

    Located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.

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