Current Exhibitions

At the Central Library

Charles Coe Photography and Stories

Central Library in Copley Square (Gallery J)
Through Decemeber 2, 2018

Boston artist Charles Coe’s photography and stories display highlights Mission Hill residents and workers in “What You Don’t Know about Me,” which begins today and runs through September 30, 2018 in Gallery J on the first floor of the Johnson building at the Central Library in Copley Square. This show is the first to occupy Gallery J, which was primarily created to feature the collections of the BPL and related programming in conjunction with the Central Library Renovation, completed in 2016.

“Boston Public Library welcomes visitors to meet the friendly faces and voices of one of Boston’s storied neighborhoods in the library’s newest gallery space, in what we hope will be the first of many displays sharing experiences and artifacts that embody our collective cultural heritage,” said Meghan Weeks, Boston Public Library’s Curator of Interpretation.

“What You Don’t Know about Me” is the second phase of a project created by Charles Coe as a 2017 City of Boston Artist-In-Residence. Coe was chosen, along with nine other artists who work in a variety of media, to establish community-based, collaborative art projects in cooperation with Boston Centers for Children & Families (BCYF). Based at the Tobin Community Center, Coe traversed the Mission Hill neighborhood collecting bits of personal history from people who live or work in the neighborhood and matched each anecdote with a photograph of the teller. The stories offer combinations of image and story that create moments of surprise and encourage us all, in an increasingly divided society, to move beyond stereotypes and preconceptions and engage our neighbors with open minds.

Central Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center)
Through April 20, 2019

The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center is proud to invite you to our new exhibition, Crossing Boundaries: Art // Maps. This show explores the ways in which artists traverse the traditional boundaries of cartography and art. Contemporary works of art are juxtaposed with historical maps spanning several centuries to create a dialogue between geographic representation and how artists use cartographic imagery to explore themes rarely touched by conventional mapmakers. Featured artists include Mary Armstrong, Abel Barroso, Tony Berlant, Jonathan Callan, Tiffany Chung, Kirsten Fisher, Carly Glovinski, Abby Goldstein, Alexander Gorlizki, Joyce Kozloff, Daniel McDonald, Abelardo Morell, Bruce Myren, Naoe Suzuki, Heidi Whitman, and Richard Youngstrom.

At the Branch Libraries

The SOUND: 'from roots grew branches"

Egleston Square, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury Branches
Through November 8, 2018

The SOUND gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the City in a 3-Movement performance and sound installation. Concept + Sound Art: Beau Kenyon. Sculpture: Natalia Zubko





WOMEN'S VOICES / Bearing Witness: An Exhibit by Artist by Ruth Rosner

Faneuil Branch
Through November 30, 2018

Artist's statement: "The women I sculpt evolve from remnants, shards, debris, discarded objects, evocative relics of the street. This source of their vulnerability is also the source of their strength and power. Bearing witness, they stand as guardians, oracles, voices for the voiceless and unheard. A current emphasis is the Refugee Woman on her Journey."