New artwork at City Hall

August 4, 2017
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A new series of artwork is now on display at City Hall, including four new art exhibitions and three new murals. The artwork is presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, according to a press release.

“City Hall Galleries have been an incredible success, showcasing the work of local artists both to City employees and to everyone who comes into City Hall to conduct business,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “It’s a great example of how we continue to incorporate the arts into everything we do as a City, elevate and value the contributions of individual artists, and also provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work to a wider audience.”

One exhibit, called “A Summer Proposal,” features the work of eight Boston and Cambridge based artists whose work uses various mediums including film, sound, video, ceramic, and painting. Their work is inspired by the architectural design of City Hall, and is on display through August 18 in the Scollay Square Gallery and third floor lobby of City Hall. The eight artists in this exhibit are Azra Aksmija, Mark Cooper, Sheila Gallagher, Andy Graydon, Nick Montfort, Ben Sloat, Mary Ellen Strom and Deb Todd Wheeler.

Another exhibit, “Saturn’s Transit,” features cut paper organized into imagery as a result of the artist’s process of mindfulness. Curated by Jeremy Hetherington, a Boston-based industrial designer and artist, the exhibit will be displayed in the fifth floor Mayor’s Gallery through August 11.

“Sail Boston” celebrates the June 2017 festival of the same name. The exhibit features photographs of images from various other big ship festivals around the world. These images will be displayed in the second floor Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery until August 30.

The fourth exhibit features historic artifacts that record Native American history of Shawmut and contribute to the history of Boston and the United States. This exhibit will serve as part of the City Archaeology Program, which protects below-ground cultural resources in the City, educates the public on archaeology through various City programs, and manages Rainsford Island. The exhibit is curated by Joe Bagley, a City of Boston staff archaeologist, and will be on display through the end of June in the Mayor’s Display Case on the fifth floor of City Hall.

In addition to these new exhibits in the City Hall galleries, Mayor Walsh announced the unveiling of three new murals at City Hall, including one which serves as a backdrop for City Hall weddings on the sixth floor. People who use this backdrop are invited to use the hashtag #MarriedInBoston on social media.

For more information on City Hall’s galleries, visit boston.gov/arts-and-culture/city-hall-galleries.

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