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Remembering Sept. 11 at PEM

Released September 01, 2005

Editors: Please note this is an updated schedule of events

SALEM, Mass
.—The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will remember the events of September 11, 2001 with special programs, including films, art-making, and a gallery talk, offering visitors the opportunity to reflect on and share personal stories and perspectives of 9/11.

In addition, PEM will display Madhusudhan Chitrakar’s narrative scroll depicting the events leading up to and on September 11, 2001. Chitrakar is a painter and storyteller based in Bengal, India. The artist’s narrative scrolls are known as pata chitra, created for performances of local legends, epics, myths, and new tales. The scroll on display at PEM is a recent addition to the museum’s collection. It measures 22 inches wide by 17.5 feet long, and will be on view in the Atrium from Sept. 9–30.

Also on September 11th, the museum will display five quilts provided by the Boston-based Faith Quilts Project, including community quilts representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other perspectives on healing the world. The quilts will be on view in Art Studio B in the Art and Nature Center through Sept. 30.

All events taking place on Sunday, September 11th are free with museum admission.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20th the museum will also host a special evening event with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Art Spiegelman. Ticket info and other details below. Please note: Tickets are selling quickly, reservations are recommended by Sept. 18th.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, Sept. 11

Film: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, a Frontline documentary
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Morse Auditorium
Featuring personal stories and reactions by rescue workers at Ground Zero and individuals who lost family and friends on 9/11. This emotional film examines God’s role in the world and especially in times of tragedy.

Art-making Activities
Art Studios & Atrium
1 – 4 pm: Mending the Fabric of our Torn World, adult quilt workshop with Clara Wainwright
1 – 4p.m.: Painting Prayer Flags, family drop-in studio
2:30 – 4:30 pm: Making a narrative scroll

Gallery Talk: Artistic Responses to Trauma and Loss
1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
For reservations, please call 978-745-9500, ext 3011
Join PEM director of education Ray Williams for a discussion on artists’ response to tragedy by examining several pieces from the PEM collection.

Film: September 11
2:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.
Morse Auditorium
A collection of eleven 11-minute short films by film directors from around the world, featuring different views and reactions to the events of September 11.

All events listed above are included with museum admission.
Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Art Spiegelman
7–9 p.m.
$30, Members $25, Students with valid id $12
Reservations by September 18

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman for a slide talk on his most recent work, In the Shadow of No Towers, a personal and historical account of the events of 9/11. Spiegelman is perhaps best known for his masterful Holocaust narrative, Maus, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats, and his work as one of The New Yorker’s most famous cover illustrators. It is Spiegelman's most recent book, however, that examines our contemporary world history, the events of 9/11, and the role that the United States plays in this postmodern world. For more information or to make a reservation, call 978-745-9500 x3011. Made possible by the George Swinnerton Parker Memorial Lecture Fund.

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PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Manager of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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