Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 PEM Exhibit Schedule

Christmas solar eclipse in my father's hands, Barbara Bosworth

 2012 Exhibition Schedule at the PEM

Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art 
January 14 - April 29, 2012
Shapeshifting celebrates Native American ideas that have crossed time and space to be continuously refreshed with new concepts and expressions. Experience this vitality through sculpture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, photographs, videos and monumental installations drawn from collections in North America and Europe. Rarely seen historic pieces, shown alongside some of the finest contemporary works, demonstrate the diversity and continuity of Native American art and culture.  
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The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann  
February 11 - May 13, 2012
Surreal, funny and provocative, Jerry Uelsmann's photographs are icons of American photo history. His most famous technique -- seamlessly fabricating photographs from unrelated negatives to create imaginary scenes -- cemented his standing as a leading light of nonliteral photography. The exhibition combines Uelsmann's most celebrated works with many never-before-seen pieces for his first retrospective in 40 years.
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FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin
Opens March 24, 2012
Artist Michael Lin spotlights PEM's renowned collection of Asian export art, particularly Mr. Nobody, one of the first representations of a European gentleman in Chinese porcelain. Animating the history of trade between China and the West, Lin creates a large-scale installation composed of hundreds of Chinese-produced replicas of Mr. Nobody in PEM's Asian Export Art galleries.
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Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth

Opens April 14, 2012
This intimate exhibition features photographs made over the last 10 years by renowned Boston artist Barbara Bosworth of her family and her childhood home in Novelty, Ohio. Featuring the oldest and youngest members of the family, these touching images explore the joy of youth and the wistfulness of aging, the nature of memory and the passage of time.
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Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge
June 9 - October 8, 2012 
Wherever he photographed, Ansel Adams' appreciation for water was never far from the surface. He was drawn to the subject in all its forms, from rain, fog, mist and clouds to ice and snow. He also photographed water's effects in tide pools, weathered buildings and erosion patterns. His fascination with surf and crashing waves fed his interest in waterfalls and rapids in the High Sierra. In Yellowstone, it fueled his photographs of Old Faithful. As in the famous Surf Sequence ca. 1940, Adams often photographed water in ways that embrace seriality, motion and time as meaningful modern themes.  At the Water's Edge combines famous images with extraordinary but lesser-known examples, expanding knowledge of Adams' work and building appreciation for the artist as an important and innovative modernist.
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Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
September 8 - December 30, 2012
Revel among more than 250 hats - celebrity toppers, the finest couture, a 12th-century Egyptian fez - in an exhibition that explores the boundaries of millinery design and the universal joy of wearing hats.
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All dates are subject to change

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