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:


SALT / Allison Cekala

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

  • Dates: January 18 - February 26, 2016

 
Allison Cekala is a Boston-based photographer and filmmaker. She holds a BA from Bard College in Photography and Environmental Studies (2006) and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University (2015).  Cekala finds inspiration from the landscape, investigating the ways in which humans move, shape, and transform their surroundings. 
Recent exhibits include solo shows, Road Salt: A 4500 Mile Journey, at the Museum of Science, Boston, and Salt Mountain, at the Howard Art Project, Dorchester, MA, and group shows 34 (Isles Arts Initiative), at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and Empire of Dirt, at the Paul Robeson Gallery in Newark, New Jersey. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, WBUR's Artery, Light Leaked photography journal, among others and supported by the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NY, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Blanche E. Colman Foundation.  
 
Statement:
Each year Boston imports hundreds of thousands of tons of salt to de-ice the streets during winter months.  A majority of this salt comes from one mine in northern Chile, the rest travels from Mexico, Tunisia, Peru, and Ireland.  All the salt is delivered via cargo ship to Chelsea, Massachusetts, where it is then distributed to sites around the city.
For two years I studied the salt, documenting the intricate choreography of processing and importation that moves the salt from locations worldwide to the streets of Boston, visiting mines in both Chile and in Ireland. These photographs were taken during this time.  The photographs allow the viewer to contemplate the vast scale of the ephemeral landscapes that the salt piles create as they await their next destination.  
For more information, including scenes from Fundir, a film that follows the salt from the mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert to Boston’s streets, please visit my website: www.allisoncekala.com.


Transformed

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

  • Dates: January 21 - February 26, 2016

In honor of Black History Month, the exhibition features selections from a Violence Transformed, an exhibition held last spring at Roxbury Community College.

Violence Transformed is an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate the power of art, artists and art-making to confront, challenge and mediate violence. Based primarily in the center and surrounding neighborhoods of Greater Boston and drawing upon the creative energies of artists throughout New England, Violence Transformed documents the ways in which our diverse communities harness art’s potential to effect social change and materially transform our environments. The work in the exhibition features reflections and reactions to the violence in our neighborhoods and the world. The show was organized and includes work by Ekua Holmes and Gloretta Baynes. For more information go to http://www.violencetransformed.com/


 

Sister's in Stitches

  • Location: 5th Floor Balconies

  • Dates: January 21 - February 26, 2016

Sister's in Stitches guild members reside in the greater Boston area, Southshore, and Metrowest, including Springfield and Worcester. We are joined together by our shared experience in quilting which focuses on the African American group's perspective.  The art of quilting has traveled across oceans, survived 400 years of slavery and has been carried down by generations of our family and friends. Now it's up to us to keep the tradition going and to pass it along. Over the centuries,  we of African descent have joined together to make quilts as a way of sharing our joys, sorrows, traditions and to celebrate our history. Quilting connects us to our ancestry, preserves our memories and gives us a way to connect with generations to come. Sisters In Stitches Joined by the Cloth celebrates our heritage and reinforces the link that binds us to our collective history and is our way of contributing and participating in our traditions.

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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