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 October 17 until December 13, 2015
Mimi’s Family, is a series of images by photographer Matthew Clowney of Erica (aka Mimi) Tobias, a transgender grandparent, and her family in everyday situations. Clowney, a Providence-based artist and professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, worked closely with Tobias and her family to make photographs that show the love they have for one another. “I’ve been making photographs of families for ten years now, largely in honor of the many ways that loving groups of people embrace their family members,” said Clowney. I’m excited to work with them and to join their celebration of family by helping to share their story.”
The photographs show Mimi, her children, and grandchildren playing, eating, relaxing, and enjoying one another’s company. In a respectful and caring way, the photographs portray the love and commitment of family members. Accompanying the exhibit are open-ended questions that encourage visitors to discuss their families and reflect on differences and similarities. Questions include “What makes your family special?” and “What does it feel like to spend time with someone you love?” For those visitors who want to contribute to the exhibit, there is a sharing station where they can draw or write something about their family and post it for others to see.
The Museum has a history of creating exhibits that address differences and similarities, and topics that can be hard to discuss such as death, disabilities, and race. Every two months the Museum 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.
Museum President and CEO, Carole Charnow said about the exhibit, “We recognize the challenges of addressing such a sensitive and personal topic as this. Within the safe and accessible context of a children’s museum, and in a dignified way, Mimi’s Family offers opportunities for discussion, perspective taking, empathy, and understanding in developmentally appropriate ways.”