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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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Peabody Essex Museum Monthly Evening Party Series for October

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) continues their popular evening party series this coming October 16, 2014 with an evening entitled Balance in Motion. The evening is inspired by their Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic exhibition that runs through January 5, 2014. Balance in Motion will feature:

  • Static trapeze performances by the Fearless Flyers Academy of Salem
  • Instructors of the Lindy Bomb Squad helping you to experience the physics of swing dance
  • An indoor kite flying demonstration and hands-on
  • . . . and more . . .

The evening will run from 6 PM to 9 PM on the 16th and is free to Salem residents and PEM members and $10 at the door for everyone else.

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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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Free Wheeling: Bike Night at the Peabody Essex Museum

PEM Free Wheeling Bike Night PosterAs part of their monthly evening party series the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will present their Free Wheeling: Bike Night on Thursday, May 15, 2014. The event will celebrate the art, design and style of the bicycle with music, art making, food, cocktails and more. Featured guests include:

  • Bikes Not Bombs from Jamaica Plain – The will share how to use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.
  • SCUL from Somerville – SCUL is a bike chopper gang bringing sculpted cycle masterpieces and tall bikes to Salem.
  • The Salem Bike Path Committee – They will share their favorite bike routes and information about Salem Spins, a bike share program.
  • Local bike shops – demonstrating how to fix a flat and providing bike safety tips.

The event is free to members and Salem residents. There will be a $10 fee at the door for all others.

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Salem Film Festival

From March 6 through March 13, 2014 Salem, MA will play host to the 2014 Salem Film Festival. The Salem Film Festival is the largest all documentary film festival in New England. The festival will feature over 30 documentary films from around the world.

Films will be screened at various venues around Salem.

The Salem Film Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is a major sponsor of the Salem Film Festival and will be showing nine of the films in their Morse Auditorium. A list of the films being show may be found on their events calendar.

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Making Music at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

There are two musical events on tap over the next couple of months at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem that you may want to check out.

Pop-Up Music Experiences

On Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6 PM to 9 PM the PEM will play host to Pop-Up Music Experiences – an evening of music, cocktails, and conversation. Numerous performers will create pop-up music experiences throughout the PEM including master guitarists Randy Roos and Bruce Bartlett of the Berklee College of Music.

Other events that evening include a guitar building demonstration and you will also want to visit the 70 zebra finches making music in FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot exhibition which served as the inspiration for the evening.

This is part of the PEM’s monthly evening party series which takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Words and Music

Created by PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin, Words and Music debuts Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, 2014. The program will feature two world premieres by Aucoin, and works by other composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. Featured artists joining pianist Matt Aucoin include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. The “program explores the border between music and speech”.

Additional concerts will follow in June.

Picture credits: The picture of Matthew Aucoin is by John Andrews / Social Palates. It was provided by the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Impressionists on the Water opens at PEM Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum

Boats Moored at Le Petit-Gennevilliers (traditionally Sailboats on the Seine), 1874, Claude Monet. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gift of Bruno and Sadie Adriani 1962.23. ©Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Boats Moored at Le Petit-Gennevilliers by Claude Monet. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gift of Bruno and Sadie Adriani 1962.23. ©Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This weekend a new exhibit, “Impressionists on the Water” will open at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). The exhibit will run from November 9, 2013 through February 17, 2014. It will feature over 90 paintings, prints, models and photographs from impressionist artists such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Sisley, Seurat, Signac and others. The collected works tell of how living near French waterways and oceans influenced the impressionist movement.

There will be an opening festival for the exhibit on Sunday, November 10, 2014 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. The festival will feature:

  • A gallery talk: Up Close with the Artists at 11 AM
  • A presentation: Making an Impression from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Art making: Rope Something Together from 1 PM to 4 PM
  • A film: The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution, The Great Outdoors from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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The Peabody Essex Museum’s Evening Party Series

We are great fans of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA – if you have not been you really should make it a point to visit them… Somehow we missed this one, but since they always have so much going on maybe we can be forgiven.

The PEM has been running an “evening party series” where they showcase art making, music, culinary demonstrations and more. They bill these as “unconventional gatherings” that feature cocktails and conversation along with the artistic endeavor of the evening.

The parties are held once a month. The remaining Evening Party Series Events for 2013 include:

  • October 17, 2013: Kung Fu Fighting – Features the Devil Music Ensemble playing a live score for the Kung Fu movie, Red Heroine.
  • November 21, 2013: Manga Nation – Japanese Design and American Pop Culture – A visual music performance of anime and manga.
  • December 19, 2013: Wrap Up – Papercraft techniques to dress up holiday gifts.
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