We started a series on New England’s nautical heritage a few weeks back with our post “Ten Must See New England Lighthouses“. As you can imagine, when the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), an organization that traces their origins all the way back to 1799 and the East India Marine Society, announces a new nautically oriented exhibit we would immediately take notice.
The exhibit, Turner & the Sea, opens Saturday, May 31, 2014 and runs through September 1, 2014. It is the the largest U.S. exhibition of the maritime paintings of Joseph Mallord William Turner, one of Britain’s most celebrated painters. The exhibit of over 100 works includes oils, watercolors, prints and sketches from the 1790s to the mid-1800s.
Opening day activities will include:
- 11:30 AM: A documentary film on J.M.W. Turner (30 minutes) in the Morse Auditorium
- Noon: A docent-led gallery talk in the exhibitions galleries
- Noon to 4 PM: An artist demonstration with hands-on art making
- 1 PM to 2 PM: A curatorial presentation on the exhibition in the Morse Auditorium
- 2:30PM: A docent-led gallery talk in the exhibitions galleries
- 3 PM: A Concert by the Handel and Haydn Society in the Morse Auditorium
While in Salem we would be remiss if we did not mention another major nautical attraction the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
So make a day of it in Salem. Check out the National Historic Site; go to the opening; and take in the PEM’s other collections of oceanic art. All time well spent.
Picture credits: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore (1834). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Widener Collection, 1942.9.85.