The mission of the City Hall Art Gallery is to provide a platform for local producing artists and promote awareness of the many classes, programs, and events available throughout the City. By promoting local art in a high-traffic area at City Hall, the gallery takes its mission to promote a message of inclusiveness and cultural pride to visitors who may not otherwise know about the diverse creative talent working in the City.
BLACK & WHITE & IN-BETWEEN: Photography by Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson
Nov 2014 – Nov 2016
M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
Mayor’s Office, Redmond City Hall
Through the use of photography, both Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson thoughtfully, and at times subtly, address issues of race and societal boundaries within their work. These two groupings of black and white portraits provide an opportunity for dialogue and thought around a more challenging topic – a way for us to continue a much needed conversation about race and equity, particularly within the city of Redmond and our diverse and changing community.
Marsha Burns, a native of Seattle, began making portraits of young adults who chose to set themselves apart from the mainstream, first in Seattle and later in other cities. “The people I choose to photograph are often those for whom negative or tragically simple attitudes have been formed by the majority of society,” she writes. “In an age of technology and urbanization, I am drawn to the boundaries, to people whose existence is self-defined.”
Lorna Simpson is well-known for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture history and memory. While the pieces may appear straightforward, the photographs and accompanying text often confront the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture.
On loan from the Microsoft Art Collection
EIGHT CUPS OF TEA
Oct 2016 – Jan 2017
M-F, 8am – 5pm
City Hall Lobby
This exhibit explores how the relationship between history, food, and art came together to create one of the most universally celebrated traditions around the world: tea.
This exhibit had four accompanying programs for visitors to experience Russian, English, Japanese, Chinese, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian teas.
IN THE PALM OF HER HAND
City Hall Lobby and Mayor’s Office
Nov 2012 - Oct 2014
M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
In The Palm Of Her Hand celebrates the work of women artists and features ceramic, glass, wood and mixed media artwork by preeminent national and international artists including Niki de Saint Phalle, Gwen Knight, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ginny Ruffner, Cappy Thompson, Gail Tremblay, Patti Warashina and Elizabeth Woody. This exhibition is made possible via a generous loan from the Microsoft Art Collection and partnership of Seattle Art Museum's exhibition, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.