Past Exhibitions

Let the Public Play

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Play is fundamental to human development.  Difficult to define but universally experienced, free play appears to have no function and yet has persisted throughout evolution.  It can be observed in an infinite variety of forms, sometimes with intricate rules, sometimes with no rules at all – a “behavioral kaleidoscope”.  It can be solitary or social.  At its best, it is imaginative, generated from the “player”, improvisational, challenging, open-ended, and multi-sensory.  Play is an activity where we learn and think with our bodies as well as our brains.

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Above: Opening Reception

While the desire to engage in playful activity persists throughout life, we tend to think it should be abandoned upon exiting childhood.  Our built environment reflects this view, evidenced by “playgrounds” confined to fenced-in areas in parks – where play is supposed to take place.  If play nurtures cognitive, sensory, and social development and contributes to our well-being, then creating more playful public spaces also nurtures stronger communities, and our cities should physically and visibly reflect these facts.
Let the Public Play is a three-part project offering experiences of playfulness in daily life.

1) An interactive exhibition in Gallery 344.
 
water brushing

2) Playful sculptures by Adam Simha & Skylar Tibbits for outdoor installation.


3) An interactive deck of cards designed by Rick Rawlins. All together, these three components present activities indoors and outdoors as well as in a range of scale from small to large. Let the Public Play is an invitation to take play seriously, to be inspired, to remember the critical value of play throughout our lives, and to envision along with us a more playful city.
cards

In 2007, the City of Cambridge formed the Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Task Force to determine goals and write recommendations for designing and building public spaces that incorporate, to a greater degree, the principles of healthy play for all ages and abilities. The resulting report in 2009 was followed by a citizen advisory committee that met to discuss ways to bring the mission of the Task Force to the wider public. The work of the Task Force is meant to be continued by all who design, construct, manage, maintain, and use our City.

Nancy Simonds - Reverie in Color and Shape
July 22 - September 27, 2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
A three-part Exhibition of Artist Books and Broadsides
January 7 - July 21, 2013

Round: Cambridge by Halsey Burgund
October 1 through November 23, 2012      

Round: Cambridge by Halsey Burgund


MOVE ME: A Public Art Project

Roberta Paul and Beth Kantrowitz/bkprojects
April 2-June 15, 2012
Move Me van

SPUN – Artist-Designed Bike Racks
February 1 – March 9, 2012
Spun exhibition in the CAC Gallery

Rosalind Murray: Lateral Canal Ahead
October 11 - December 13, 2011
Rosalind Murray

Breathe Cambridge: Gately Youth Center
June 20 to September 12, 2011

Breathe Cambridge: Installation by the Gately Youth Center

Brian Kane: Free Wifi
March 14 - May 13, 2011
Free WiFi by Brian Kane

 

 

 

 

Drawing in Public
December 6, 2010 - February 18, 2011

All Together Now by Cassie Jones

 

 

 





Of, By, and For:
 Work by Daniel Peltz and Paul Notzold
September 7 – November 19, 2010

Citation Salutation

Remediate/Re-vision: Artists Engaging the Environment
July 15 - August 20, 2010

Remediate/Revision

Cambridge Street Project: An inside look at the process of public art
April 1 - June 11, 2010

Cambridge Street Project

100 from Cambridge: A Preview Exhibition for Cambridge Open Studios
January 25 - March 12, 2010
100 from Cambridge

Breaking Ground: The past, present, and future of the
Maud Morgan Visual Art Center

September 28 - December 18, 2009
Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center rendering

Sound Off: Public Art Youth Council
August 3- September, 2009
Sound off card

Children of Arcadia
April 24 - May 15, 2009  

gallery view

ArtForce
March 10 - April 17, 2009
Art Force Install


Michael Oatman: You are Here  
June 1 - July 15, 2009
Oatman shooting in the gallery


Gail Boyajian: Peaceable Kingdom
April 24 - May 15, 2009

Mela Lyman: Anxiety of Beauty
February 25, 2008 - Jan 5, 2009  

Nancy Selvage
November 19, 2007 - February 8, 2008

Heidi Whitman: Brain Terrain
September 24 - November 9, 2007
 

Public Art Youth Council: "What is Public Art to Us?"
July 30 - September 14, 2007
 

Ready, Set, Bloom
May 14 - July 20, 2007

Material Choice: Science, Conservation & Public Art
April 9 - May 4, 2007




Fragments
February 1 - March 30, 2007 

C'mon In, The Water's Fine
September 7 - November 2, 2006




Works in Architectural Space
June 5 - August 18, 2006
 

Of(f) the Table- everything must go
April 18 - May 26, 2006

Model Citizens: 42° 22’ 12.11” N, 71° 06’ 11.45”
February 27 - April 7, 2006




Dimensions Variable; Site Fixed
November 3 - December 28, 2005 

Rose-Tinted
September 22 - October 27, 2005

Open
August 4 - September 9, 2005

 

Filament/Firmament
May 5 - June 30, 2005 

 

Walking Central Square
March 17 - April 22, 2005 

Reaching Water
December 2, 2004 - February 2, 2005

Pamplona Inside
January 9 - February 17, 2006

Randall Thurston: Night Garden
November 16, 2006 - January 19, 2007

Self-Sufficient
September 16 - November 18, 2004

Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride
May 5 - June 30, 2004

Mike Glier: Backyard
February 23 - April 30, 2004