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Thomas Hart Benton Retrospective to Open at the PEM

Painting Thomas Hart Benton - Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek

Thomas Hart Benton, Lewis and Clark at Eagle Creek, 1967. Polymer and tempera on Masonite panel, 30 1/2 x 38 in. Courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The national tour of the Thomas Hart Benton Retrospective will kickoff at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in early June with the following events:

  • June 5, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM: Public Discussion Day
  • June 5, 2015, 5:30 PM: Press review, reception, and tour
  • June 6, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM: Opening Day Celebration

This is the first major traveling exhibition of of American painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) in over 25 years. The exhibition, American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, explores how the motion picture industry influenced Benton’s creative imagination.

Opening day events will include a music performance by Craig Edwards & Friends in the PEM Atrium, a presentation In Conversation with Curators of Art and Film in the Morse Auditorium, and a showing of the film The Grapes of Wrath in the Morse Auditorium.

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Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum

Picture of a Person Looking at a Painting

A guest enjoys the view in Impressionists on the Water of Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic’s Boats on the Beach at Berck, about 1876. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Museum purchase, Grover A. Magnin Bequest Fund, 1987.5.© Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Photo by Robyn Gesek/PEM.

Time to slow down and appreciate art?

Well that is exactly the purpose of Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA this coming  weekend on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This is part of a global movement to help people to appreciate and love art. Take your time to explore the PEM galleries and then join other visitors in the PEM atrium at 1 PM for lunch and the opportunity to discuss what you saw.

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Debut Exhibition of South African Photographer Jo Ractliffe at PEM

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the proud host of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe’s U.S. debut exhibition. The exhibition, Someone Else’s Country, Photographs by Jo Ractliffe, features nearly 50 works from the aftermath of the bloody Angolan Civil War. That civil war was one of the longest and bloodiest in African history costing nearly 1.5 million lives and displacing millions more.

The exhibit will start on October 11, 2014 and will run through the spring of 2015

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Peabody Essex Museum’s New Installation Features Native American Art

Picture of Native American Art

Heiltsuk (Bella Bella), Mask, c. 1845. Central coast, British Columbia.

Drawing from their Native American art collection, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is presenting a new installation – Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit celebrates the rich artistic history of Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast. The installation includes:

  • Examples of works on paper
  • Wood carvings
  • Textiles
  • films
  • Music
  • Jewelry

You can see Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast at the Peabody Essex Museum through Mid-2015.

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New Turner & the Sea Exhibit to Open at the Peabody Essex Museum

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.

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Somerville Open Studios

Somerville Open Studios LogoArtists will be displaying their art at over 100 different sites in Somerville this coming weekend (May 3 and 4, 2014) at the Somerville Open Studios event. For a complete list of artists and map of locations see: SOS 2014 Artists: Interactive Map. In addition:

Patron’s of fine art will want to mark their calendar for this not to miss event.

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American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells

Photograph Sunflower and Sand Dune by Eliot Porter

Sunflower and Sand Dune, by Eliot Porter. © Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

An exciting new exhibit is coming to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. The exhibit, American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, will run from December 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014. It will showcase many important developments from American artists such as: Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Strand, Eliot Porter, and William Wegman. The exhibit highlights a body of work that documents more than eight decades from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Included will be an array of thematic, stylistic, and technical trends in American photography including landscapes to intimate portraits and domestic scenes of daily life.

Fans of American photography will not want to miss this great exhibition.

Photo Apple Orchard by Paul Caponigro.

Apple Orchard, by Paul Caponigro. © Paul Caponigro.

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The Peabody Essex Museum Extends Hours for Ansel Adams Exhibition

Ansel Adams Picture of the Tetons and the Snake River

The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942.
Photograph by Ansel Adams.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is offering extended hours for the final week of their Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge exhibition. Viewing hours will be extended on Tuesday, October 2 through Friday, October 5 from 5 to 9 PM. Visitors will also enjoy a reduced admission price during these extended hours of $10. As always, Salem, Massachusetts residents and PEM members are admitted for free.

This is the last opportunity to view At the Water’s Edge before the exhibition travels to England’s National Maritime Museum.

Picture credits: The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. Collection, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. ©2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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Winslow Homer Studio to Open in September in Maine

Photo of the Winslow Homer Painting Eight Bells

Winslow Homer, Eight Bells, 1886

The Portland Museum of Art will open the renovated Winslow Homer Studio for tours starting in September of 2012. The studio is where the iconic American artist Winslow Homer lived and painted many of his major works from 1883 until his death in 1910. The Portland Museum of Art purchased the studio in 2006.

The fall studio tour season will run from September 25 to December 2, 2012. Tours depart from the museum by van and last two and a half hours.

Coinciding with the fall tour season is the exhibition “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine“. It will run from September 22 to December 30, 2012. The exhibition will showcase 35 works (oil and watercolor) that were painted while Homer used the studio. Many of the pieces have not been seen in Maine for more than a generation.

You do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity to see these great American masterpieces.

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Back for an Encore Performance at the Peabody Essex Museum

Picture of the Painting The Artist at Work in Her Studio by Maria Schalcken

Maria Schalcken (ca. 1647/50 – 1684/1709), The Artist at Work in Her Studio, ca. 1680, Oil on panel, The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.

Last year (2011) the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) had a very successful exhibition entitled “Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection“. The exhibition showed works of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art from the private Van Otterloo Collection.

Because of the success of last years exhibition, the PEM will reprise last year’s event and kick off “Golden Light, Selections from the Van Otterloo Collection” on Saturday August 11, 2012. Golden Light will feature 17th century paintings through masterworks by Hendrick Avercamp, Frans Hals, Pieter Claesz, Jan Brueghel the Elder and others. The exhibition will run through September 1, 2013.

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