Jeannie Simms: Under the Sun

Jeannie Simms: Under the Sun
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On View Aug 20, 2018 - Oct 05, 2018

Boston City Hall, Main Atrium

Boston-based artist Jeannie Simms’ work is rooted in the history of photography and the moving image. She is interested in language, labor, citizenship, and migration. In 2017 she initiated a project, Under the Sun, about immigration in the Italian town of Sant’Alessio in Aspromonte, where she worked with the city administration and the local immigrant community to create two participatory cyanotypes (cyan-blue cameraless photographs). Immigrants foraged abandoned residences for objects that reminded them of the concept of “home”. With Simms, they arranged them on huge photosensitive cotton sheets and exposed them to the sunlight. The results are images of ghostly domestic objects that seem to float in a sea of blue, evoking the displacement endured by immigrants fleeing their homes. Boston City Hall will present two large panels, in conjunction with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, in the main atrium of the building from August 20 through October, 5 2018.

Curated by Martina Tanga, Koch Curatorial Fellow, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. 

This project is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring guest curators from Greater Boston's leading cultural organizations—such as the MIT List and the MFA, Boston—at Boston City Hall, as part of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan. Funding for the exhibition is provided by Boston City Hall.

Jeannie Simms’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Alternative Film Center, Belgrade, Serbia; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), L.A.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and SF Camerawork, San Francisco. Her work has been funded by Art Matters, the Cambridge Arts Council, and a Daynard Faculty Travel Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston. Simms is the Director of Graduate Studies at the SMFA at Tufts University.

Opening Reception with Artist Jeannie Simms

Friday, September 14, 4–5:30 pm
Celebrate the new public art exhibition at Boston City Hall and meet artist Jeannie Simms.