Current Exhibitions

At the Central Library

More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

Central Library in Copley Square
March 18, 2022 - December 28, 2022

What kinds of images come to mind when you think about the environment? Trees, water, green landscapes, and scenic vistas? But what about people—communities, housing, roads, neighborhoods, cities, schools, and factories? In More or Less in Common, we take a look at how questions of social justice and injustice are essential topics to confront when trying to understand the human landscape. Through maps as well as photographs, images, and data visualizations, this exhibition encourages you to confront stories about how environmental conditions have sometimes served to worsen inequalities along lines of social division. At the same time, our shared environment offers the possibility to bring people together across differences and the inspiration to forge new kinds of common action.

At the Branch Libraries

Jan Donley: Reading & Riding

Jamaica Plain Branch Library
May 6, 2022 - July 6, 2022

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is pleased to continue their rotating art program, supported by The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge. This spring, the library presents a solo exhibition of New York-based artist Jan Donley (formerly of Jamaica Plain). The exhibition space is located on the lower level of the library.

Though she studied traditional techniques, Donley has unexpectedly found the iPad to be her main canvas, believing that digital art is an important disruption to the art world. Her works on view display a distinctive collage style, combining digitally painted figures with text from various literary sources, including Lorraine Hansberry, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and James Baldwin. Her compositions explore connections between people, nature, public spaces, and the written word, especially relevant now during our recent experiences of isolation. A teacher as well as a writer and artist, Donley says, “My students come from all over the world, and they remind me that home is fragile and varied and elusive. Just the word ‘home’ can bring a smile or a tear… I write and draw in an attempt to locate home, some center point that grounds me.” She is represented by Stewart Clifford Gallery in Provincetown and has exhibited in Massachusetts and New York.

More information about the artist and event can be found on The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch website.

View Jan Donley's website.

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