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Upcoming events at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

Posted by Susannah Blair  April 11, 2012 10:00 AM

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Lecture: Cultivating the Beauty of the Netherlands with Hendrik Willem van O
Tuesday, May 1 | 7:30 pm | For Adults | FREE

Artists often reveal sources of beauty in our everyday surroundings. Discovering unique locations and moments in time, they create images from the landscape that renew our love for the natural world. Join Hendrik Willem van Os, former director of the Rijksmuseum, as he discusses how artists have cultivated The Netherlands as an aesthetic project, and how they help us recognize the beauty of our environment by transforming nature into art.

Curator-Led Gallery Talk: FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin | Reservations by May 3
Sunday, May 5 | 1 pm | For Adults | FREE with museum admission

Curator Trevor Smith leads a discussion of the FreePort project by artist Michael Lin, who is internationally recognized for his oversized paintings of ornamental design. At PEM, Lin created a large-scale installation of hundreds of small figures of a European gentleman originally produced in Jingdezhen porcelain, along with sprawling murals of armorial and heraldic motifs. Meet at information desk.

Presentation of the Salem Award | Morse Auditorium | Reservations strongly suggested at or call 978-745-2682 by May 9
Friday, May 11 | 7:30 pm | For Adults and Teens | Members & nonmembers $10

The Salem Award Foundation presents the 20th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice to City Life/Vida Urbana for its work in fighting economic injustice. Founded in 1973 and working primarily with minority and low-income families in Boston, City Life has focused on affordable housing and tenants’ rights. Since 2007, this focus has increasingly centered on assisting homeowners and tenants faced with foreclosure and eviction. Curdina Hill, executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana, answers questions after the presentation. A reception will follow at the Salem Visitor Center. Made possible by the Salem Award Foundation.

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to recognize individuals and organizations whose commitment to social justice and human rights has alleviated discrimination and promoted justice and tolerance.

Interactive Study Sessions | Art 360°: Focus on Photography  | Barbara Bosworth: Extraordinary Moments from the Everyday | Meet at information desk 
Saturday, May 12 | 9:30 – 11:30 am | For Adults | Members $20, nonmembers $25 Reservations by May 10

Art 360° gives you a well-rounded view of topics in art, with three different “takes” on an exhibition or medium, three artist-instructors and three unique ways to deepen your understanding of art. In this Saturday morning art study series, artists and experts lead you in discovering layers of meaning through their unique perspectives on the works on view. Each session offers a mix of talks, gallery tours, close looking and hands-on interaction with materials and ideas.

In this unique opportunity to learn from the artist herself, Barbara Bosworth takes participants on an exploration of her works in the gallery, focusing on new ways of seeing the mundane surroundings of everyday life. Then, in an interactive conversation about her approach to observation and documentation, she shares rarely seen prints from her personal and collaborative work that are not in the exhibition.

Mother’s Day Festival
Sunday, May 13 | 11 am – 4 pm | FREE with museum admission

In honor of moms and our special exhibition by photographer Barbara Bosworth, join us for this exciting day celebrating families. Made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lowell Institute.

Film: Babies | Reservations by May 11
11 am and 1:30 pm | All Ages | Morse Auditorium

Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of babies. Celebrating child-rearing practices across cultures, [Babies] travels the globe following four children from vastly different areas of the world — Ponijao, from Namibia; Bayarjargal, from Mongolia; Mari, from Japan; and Hattie, from the United States. 2010, 79 minute, directed by Thomas Balmès.

Animal Presentation: Curious Creatures
Noon – 1 pm | All Ages | Atrium

Come see some amazing live animals with Curious Creatures and hear about how the mothers take care of their babies.

Presentation: Peace, Carnations and “Hallmark Holidays” | Reservations by May 1
1 pm | For Adults and Teens | Morse Auditorium

Where did Mother’s Day and its traditions come from? Bring a mom to this illustrated talk with Michelle Moon, assistant director for adult programs at PEM, about the surprising origins of the holiday, from its ancient roots to its incarnations in the United States as a plea for world peace, a celebration of our female forebears and an occasion for flowers. Learn how the carnation tradition arose, and take home a special carnation to wear in honor of your mother.

Ropes Mansion Garden Program: Wake Your Garden from Winter’s Slumber
1 – 2 pm | For Adults | Meet at Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem

As spring beckons, old friends emerge from sleeping garden beds with fresh green shoots. Now is the time to get to work with tidying up, early pruning, transplanting, soil amending and a lot of digging. What we do now will set the tone for the seasons ahead. Join gardener Robin Pydynkowski, of Cape Ann Tree Service, as she shares design strategies for the Ropes Mansion Garden, offers gardening tips and answers your questions. Made possible by Ropes Botanical Garden Lecture Fund.

Drop-in Art Activity: Flower Pounding
1 – 3 pm | All Ages | Art Studios

Create stunning images of flowers without paint or ink. Just by pounding them onto paper, the colors within the flowers and leaves will create a beautiful botanical impression. Made possible in part by American Dental Partners.

Docent-Led Tour: Mothers and Families in Art
2 – 2:45 pm | For Adults | Morse Auditorium

In celebration of Mother’s Day, this docent-led gallery tour focuses on art that expresses ideas and emotions related to mothers, families and family relationships. Tickets will be available the day of the tour.

Story Trails: Sing a Song for Mothers and Families! | Reservations by May 11
2 – 3 pm | Adults with children 5 to 8 | Meet at information desk

Anna Hibiscus is so happy, she’s afraid she might explode! Discover why she’s cheerful as we read Anna Hibiscus’ Song, by Nigerian storyteller Atinuke. Decorate your own “good cheer jar” to take home. Made possible by Target.

ART: portrait from Bosworth | Bosworth on Bosworth | Reservations by May 11
3 – 4 pm | For Adults | Morse Auditorium

Hear our featured artist speak about her work and creative process and what it’s like to be the photographer in the family. Bosworth also talks about approaches for taking family photos that reveal character and capture poignant moments and the role her family plays in her work. She also shares images from her personal collection that do not appear in the PEM exhibition.

Mother’s Day Brunch | Adults $38, children under 12 $15.95 | 10% member discount
11 am – 3 pm | All Ages | Garden Restaurant

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a sumptuous brunch prepared by Hawthorne Catering and served in the Garden Restaurant overlooking PEM’s Asian Garden. After brunch visit the museum galleries and the Museum Shop, where you can exchange your brunch voucher for a complimentary gift just for Mom! For reservations and information, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3157. Brunch includes the cost of museum admission.

Book Launch: Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum
Morse Auditorium | Reservations by May 15
Thursday, May 17 | 7:30 pm | For Adults | FREE to the public

People have always celebrated Chinese porcelain for its delicacy, translucency and strength. This evening’s lecture marks the launch of Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum, a new book by William R. Sargent co-published by PEM and Yale University Press. This lavishly illustrated book is a sumptuous celebration of PEM’s internationally renowned collection of Chinese export ceramics. Over a decade in the making, this long-anticipated book highlights more than 275 Chinese ceramics made for export to Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, all in PEM’s collection. In his lecture, Sargent, one of the field’s leading experts and a former curator at PEM, reveals new insights on individual works and explores how PEM’s collection has developed over the last two hundred years. Made possible by the Lyceum Lecture Fund. A book signing follows the presentation. Sargent’s book is for sale in the Museum Shop.

Studio Saturday | Playing with Patterns
Saturday, May 19 | 1 - 3 pm | FREE with museum admission

Join artist Kyle Browne and explore the patterns created by negative space in everyday objects. Create your own patterns as you experiment with color and value. Browne shares her new work and the inspiration she finds in assorted beach debris. Made possible by American Dental Partners.


Opening Day: Celebrating Adams
Saturday, June 9 | 11 am – 5 pm | Free with museum admission

Explore the creative vision and the personal world of a photographer who forever changed our image of the American environment. Special presentations by Ansel Adams’ son and by the curator of the complete archive of Adams’ work. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Members-only Gallery Talk: An Insider’s Perspective | Reservations by June 7
9:30 – 10:30 am | All Ages | Meet at information desk | Members $15

Rebecca A. Senf, associate curator of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, leads this tour of Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge. Senf brings a unique perspective, having worked with the Center’s complete archive of Ansel Adams’ work as well as related papers.

Docent-led Gallery Tour: Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge | Tickets available day of
11 am and 2 pm | All Ages | Meet at information desk
1 – 2 pm | For Adults | Morse Auditorium

Presentation: Ansel Adams, A Son’s Perspective | Reservations by June 6

Enjoy this special opportunity to hear Michael Adams, the son of photographer Ansel Adams, talk about his father’s childhood, his introduction to the Sierra Nevada, his visits to the American Southwest, his involvement with the Sierra Club and his documentary work at the Manzanar relocation center during World War II. Adams shares many of his father’s iconic photographs as well as a short film based on the photograph Monolith, The Face of Half Dome (1927), with accompanying piano music recorded by Ansel Adams in 1945.

Film Program: Capturing Time and Sequence in Film | Reservations by June 7
3 – 5 pm | For Adults | Morse Auditorium

Ansel Adams is known for exploring sequence and time in his photographs. Join Michael Dow, doctoral candidate at New York University and teacher of film and animation studies at Northeastern University, Boston, as he presents works of experimental filmmakers from Adams’ time — including Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken, collaborators Richard Protovin and Franklin Backus among others.

Story Trails: Beneath the Deep Blue Sea |  Meet at information desk | Reservations by June 8
Sunday, June 10 | 2 - 3 pm | FREE with museum admission

Do you believe a sea serpent really appeared off the coast of Gloucester in 1817? Fishermen, adventurers and tourists thought so! Listen to a lively reading of M.T. Anderson’s The Serpent Came to Gloucester and celebrate the opening of Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge. Then create your own sea monster sand painting. Made possible by Target.

Curator-Led Gallery Talk: Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge | Reservations by June 13
Friday, June 15 | 9:30 – 10:30 am | For Adults |FREE with museum admission

Curator Phillip Prodger leads this tour. Meet at information desk.

PEM / PM: Through the Lens | No reservations required
Thursday, June 21 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm | Members and Salem residents $8, nonmembers $10

Experience PEM in a new way … after hours. Bring friends and join us for a party in the museum’s Atrium and select galleries, once each month from June through November. Unique experiences of art and culture will involve you in creative explorations of the museum’s changing exhibitions. Each of these lively social events features a new theme, explored through live performance, interactions with artists, music, art making, films and more.

In June, immerse yourself in photography and visit the exhibitions The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann, Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth and Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge.

In the first of a new series of gallery talks, The Ansel I Knew, photographer Ross Harris presents a slide presentation “A Visit to Ansel’s House.” Also Larissa Leclair presents Current Threads: Contemporary Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library and artist Kyle Brown leads a drop-in activity for creating art out of surreal, provocative and humorous combinations of images from vintage postcards à la Jerry Uelsmann. Featuring music by 27, a trio whose “melodic dark pop finds its own path, as if it’s sprouting through a cracked cement playground at night.” Refreshments available for purchase in the Atrium Café. Cash bar. A Year of Photography programs are made possible in part by Hunt’s Photo & Video and by Canon.

Ansel Adams: Framing Nature through the Lens
Interactive Study Sessions | Art 360°: Focus on Photography | Reservations by June 21
Saturday, June 23 | 9:30 – 11:30 am | For Adults | Members $20, nonmembers $25

Art 360° gives you a well-rounded view of topics in art, with three different “takes” on an exhibition or medium, three artist-instructors and three unique ways to deepen your understanding of art. In this Saturday morning art study series, artists and experts lead you in discovering layers of meaning through their unique perspectives on the works on view. Each session offers a mix of talks, gallery tours, close looking and hands-on interaction with materials and ideas.

Curator of Photography Phillip Prodger partners with photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, author of Between Land and Sea: The Great Marsh, to explore Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge. Tour the show with Prodger; then join Monnelly for an exercise in photographic composition, problem-solving and creating a visual narrative through careful image framing. With insights from Monnelly’s exploration of the role of water in the environment, learn techniques of balancing light and creating visual arrangements that draw the viewer in.


PEM Pals | Caregivers with children 5+ | Meet at information desk
Select Wednesdays | 10:30 am | FREE with museum admission

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Visit for specific dates. Made possible by Target and American Dental Partners.

Family Tours: Family Gallery Explorations | Tickets available at admissions desk on day of 
Saturdays & Sundays | 11:30 am - noon | For families with children ages 5+ | FREE with museum admission

These 30-minute gallery adventures are designed just for families. Hands-on activity included.

Drop-in Art Activities
Saturdays & Sundays | 1 – 3 pm | Art Studios | FREE with museum admission

Come create! Explore art, nature and more. Monthly schedule available in the Art & Nature Center. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

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