Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Upcoming Events at the PEM

Don't miss the acclaimed exhibition To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape at the Peabody Essex Museum - it closes on March 1.

“A marvelous show”
–– Boston Globe

Capturing the high drama and stark beauty of historic polar expeditions, To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape presents more than 50 works by prominent artist-explorers, from monumental romantic canvases to early modernist works in pastel.

Art at the South Pole –– Lita Albuquerque Connects Heaven and Earth
Saturday, February 28th, 3 - 4:30
Internationally renowned environmental artist, Lita Albuquerque, is a painter and sculptor whose visual language translates the vastness of time and space to a human scale. In 2006, she received an Artist and Writers Program Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Stellar Axis: Antarctica, which brought the stars to earth. In collaboration with NSF astronomer, Dr. Simon P. Balm, Albuquerque installed 99 ultramarine spheres on the Antarctic ice, mapping a mirror image of the stars above. Join us for an engaging conversation and film presentation by Lita Albuquerque and Dr. Balm. Jane Winchell, curator of the interactive Polar Attractions exhibition, moderates the discussion. Members $8, nonmembers $15.

9th Annual ECHO Performing Arts Festival
Saturday, March 7th, noon - 4:30
Acclaimed storytellers, musicians and performing artists representing the native cultures of Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Massachusetts return to PEM for the 9th Annual ECHO Performing Arts Festival. This year’s performance, The Way to the Heart: Changing Food, Foodways, and Culture, features live music, dance, humor and stories, as well as an afternoon of hands-on art making activities. First-time festival performers include actor and musician, M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Mississippi Choctaw), storyteller, Nitana Hicks (Mashpee Wampanoag), and poet, Cathy Redford (Iñupiaq).

About the Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at http://www.pem.org/.

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