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City Hall art galleries to showcase local artists

November 9, 2016

Arts and Culture

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Arts and Culture

November, December exhibits will feature visual art, performing arts and student works 

DOWNTOWN - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture today announced four new art exhibits scheduled to be on display at City Hall. These exhibits feature local artists showcasing a wide variety of styles, themes, and mediums, and will be exhibited from now until the end of the fall season.

The exhibits include three gallery exhibits - Other People's Clothes, Brazilian Art Impressions, and the Marble Collection Pop-Up Gallery - and one performance/installation - Northern Stair Projection. The programs will take place over the months of November and December, and are free and open to the public.

The exhibits are listed below:




The Marble Collection Pop-Up Gallery


Boston City Hall, 3rd Floor

Other People's Clothes

11/1 - 12/9

Boston City Hall, 5th Floor

Northern Stair Projection

11/18 from 7-9 p.m.

Boston City Hall, 3rd Floor

Brazilian Art Impressions

11/7 - 12/11

Boston City Hall, 3rd Floor


Information about each gallery is listed below:


The Marble Collection is a nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. Its Pop-Up Gallery will showcase the works of published Massachusetts teen artists and writers.

The Marble Collection will exhibit from November 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016, on the 3rd floor/main lobby of City Hall from 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. daily.


Other People's Clothes is an exhibition that highlights the artist's experiences stepping into the shoes of different people through visual expression. The series utilizes constructed photographs of people experiencing solitary moments of reflection and emotion.

Other People's Clothes will exhibit from November 1 - December 9th, 2016, on the 5th floor of City Hall.

The exhibit was created by Caleb Cole, a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8x10 Biennial Winner, 3-time Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He exhibits regularly at a variety of national venues and has held solo shows in Boston, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others.


Northern Stair Projection is an installation piece, video projection, and live performance by composer and percussionist Eli Keszler. The work uses long strands of piano wire to transmit recordings made of the exterior public spaces of Boston into the large interior space of Boston City Hall's iconic, Brutalist structure.

The wires will run hundreds of feet upward from the floor, terminating at various levels of height in the building, while video of the exterior spaces surrounding City Hall will be projected through the wires onto the space's concrete walls. The work takes inspiration from the intent of City Hall's architects, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, to connect the public to governmental spaces and increase civic engagement.

The performance and installation will take place on Friday, November 18, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Eli Keszler is a Boston-born artist, composer, and percussionist. His compositions and visual works examine the limits of instrumentation, notation, and space in its institutional, musical and public form. Northern Stair is presented in collaboration with Non-Event as part of their experimental music series.


Brazilian Art Impressions aims to disseminate and expand the artwork of the Brazilian community in Massachusetts. This exhibition includes works by contemporary Boston-based artists who are originally from different states of Brazil. Helena Martin compiled a collection of the most representative works including paintings, drawings, digital art, crafts, and sculpture. The group of artists features both established and emerging artists portraying integrated experiences conveying the rich history and cultural traditions of Brazil.

Brazilian Art Impressions will exhibit from November 12 - December 11th, in the 3rd Floor Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall.

Participants in Brazilian Art Impressions include:

Evaldo Rocha (Dorchester); painting

Gisele Balla; photography

José Polcheira; painting

Josias Monteiro  (South Boston); painting

Luciano Lima Lima (Dorchester); painting

Margarette Mattos; painting

Maria Izabel Peixoto; painting

Raphael Fraga; photography

Sylvio Bispo; painting

Wagner Veiga; painting

IK Bio; jewelry, sculpture.

About the Galleries at Boston City Hall

The Galleries at Boston City Hall are open the public at no charge and are accessible to persons with disabilities. Boston City Hall is accessible by the MBTA via Haymarket (orange line) and also via Government Center (green and blues lines). For more information, call 617-635-3245 or visit