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The Gallery

Creativity, imagination, and art are celebrated every day at Boston Children’s Museum. The Museum is a destination where children are exposed to art, music, language, math, science, and culture in a hands-on way in which they can experience making and doing. In addition to offering children these opportunities, the Museum brings the work of local artists to our visitors with regular Museum Gallery shows. The 400 square foot Gallery is a great opportunity for children and families to experience and talk about art. It is also a great place for artists to be exposed to the 500,000 people who visit each year at our great Fort Point Channel location in the Seaport District.

Every two months, The Gallery showcases the work of a local artist or artists, and gives visitors the chance to get a close-up look at some of the innovative, beautiful and inspiring work created by the talented New England artist community.  Come back often to see what's new.

Showing March 19, 2016 to May 15, 2016

"No Planes, No Trains….Just Cranes "

No Planes, No Trains…..Just Cranes, is a video installation by local artist Andrew Neumann. Andrew lives about 300 yards from Boston Children's Museum, and the cranes that are in this video installation are actually on the other side of the Museum. To record this project, he placed his camera out one window of his studio, and for 2 years shot as much as he could of all the cranes as they raised steel, concrete and the building materials to help build all the tall buildings that now surround this neighborhood. Everything was shot using “time-lapse” photography, so all the images are sped up.

Since the video was all recorded in the Museum’s neighborhood, visitors can walk a few blocks to see the real life version of the construction site that the video has recorded. Video art is one of the least “used” or explored art mediums by and for young children, and the Museum took the initiative to showcase some video art in the gallery space for all to learn from and enjoy.

“It is exciting to bring an exhibit that is inspired by something we know children love such as construction sites, and to bring an art medium to our visitors that they might not see or interact with often,” said Alice Vogler, Arts Program Manager. “In addition, this installation of video art showcases the work of Andrew Neumann a great local Fort Point artist.”

Andrew works in a variety of media, including sculpture, film and video, and electronic/interactive music. His current body of work integrates analog and digital technologies with sculpture. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has recently had one-person shows at bitforms Gallery in Seoul, Korea, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, bitforms Gallery, NYC, and a solo show for the Boston Cyberarts Festival. His original artistic output consisted of single channel videos and films. He then moved on to integrate a variety of electronic and digital technologies into his 3D and sculptural work. His Bachelor of Science is from Emerson College. Neumann has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Boston, and the Boston Film/Video Foundation.

What are we learning?

  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Visual - Spatial Thinking Skills