A Map Home at the Boston Children's Museum

Current, Boston Children's Museum's inaugural artist-in-residence program is inspired by the teaching and learning theories of contemporary artists and arts educators. Each year, an artist will be invited into the Museum to enact for children, families and colleagues, their unique understandings of what it means to teach and learn with art. For 3-4 weeks our featured artist is invited to create work live in a studio space in the Museum in preparation for a site-specific installation and related programming in the Museum Gallery over the course of a two month exhibition.

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 December 23, 2015 until March 14, 2016

"A Map Home "


Eve Ewing, the first artist-in-residence, is a celebrated artist, educator, scholar and writer. Ewing's project A Map Home is an immersive installation using swaths of canvas, paint and Sharpie markers that explores themes of place, childhood adventure and exploration, and the ways we connect text and image to make meaning in everyday life. Ewing has thought carefully about creating various modes of engagement with textual and imagistic elements designed to be read by viewers of any age, and in any order. Like a paper fortune teller, a children's search-and-find picture book, or a recurring visit to a familiar neighborhood, A Map Home suggests new points of discovery and new stories to share depending on who is viewing it and when. A Map Home draws inspiration from leading contemporary artists such as Shinique Smith, Wangechi Mutu and Mark Bradford, as well as the street-level images of Ewing's native Chicago - handwritten cardboard signs, grocery store discount posters, graffiti, tags, and scribbles on bus seats and train windows, newspaper circulars and paintings of food on corner restaurant windows.

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