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 now through October 1, 2015

“Knots Landing”

Knots Landing is an installation from a larger body of work by New York based artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow and also includes the work of hundreds of Museum visitors. 200 two-dimensional cutouts of the endangered migratory shorebirds known as Red Knots are displayed that are scaled to the bird’s actual size. They are each hand cut, laminated, and strung on monofilament. They are aligned to mimic a flock of flying birds and cast beautiful shadows on the walls and floor. The cutouts are printed on only one side to represent their absence in the natural world as an endangered species. The Red Knots have one of the longest seasonal migrations of any species of bird. They travel more than 9,000 miles every year from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. They are protected as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The exhibit is part of the Isles Arts Initiative, a summer long public art series on Georges and Spectacle islands, the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and the Atlantic Wharf Gallery that captures the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. Knots Landing also incorporates drawings and paintings of birds commonly found on the Boston Harbor Islands created by visitors of Boston Children's Museum, where they found inspiration from a display of birds that are a part of the Museum's large natural history collection during the month of June in the Art Studio.

Lyn-Kee-Chow draws her inspiration for this exhibit from her nature walks in the Northeast. She creates both physical work as well as timed based performance art. In conjunction with Knots Landing four local Boston artists – Mary Novotny-Jones, Sue Murad, Sandy Huckleberry and Andi Sutton, have been invited to create a time-based performance piece inspired by the installation. These performances will be happening at different times during the duration of the exhibit. The gallery serves to give children and families the chance to have a moment of observing nature slowed down and contained in a realistic way by laying on the ground and looking up at the birds.

What are we learning?

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