Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth

My Cousins Gathering Clams for Dinner

Opening April 14, 2012

SALEM, MA --The Year of Photography continues at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), with an exhibition of internationally renowned, Boston-based photographer, Barbara Bosworth. Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth encompasses images of the artist's family and their interactions with the natural world. Spanning 20 years of life and death, Bosworth captures moments of reflection and intimacy with exceptional elegance and sensitivity, conveying the generational bonds that anchor us to family and home

"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," said Phillip Prodger, exhibition curator and PEM's curator of photography. "Barbara has had major museum exhibitions across the country, but incredibly, she has never had a solo show in the Boston area. So we are especially proud to debut this important body of work here in New England."

Natural Histories includes over 35 large-format color and black-and-white photographs, and a selection of bird eggs, drawings, and natural history dioramas handed down through the artist's family. Throughout the photographs, radiant light appears, for example in the sky, a string of Christmas lights, or a jar full of fireflies. And like the snails, birds nests, and sharks teeth that she and her family collect, the artist's photographs serve as time capsules recalling specific experiences. Deeply personal to the artist, many of these pictures will be appearing for the first time in the exhibition.

A Professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, Bosworth has exhibited previously at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum, among others. Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth opens to the public on April 14, 2012.


The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann On view February 11, 2012 to July 15, 2012

Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth On view April 14, 2012 to May 27, 2013

Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge On view June 9, 2012 to October 8, 2012


THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 | 6:30 - 9 PM

Join us for a cocktail reception and exhibition tour of the galleries with the artist and PEM's curator of photography, Phillip Prodger. RSVP to Whitney Van Dyke by Monday, April 9 by emailing or calling 978-745-9500 x3228.


SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 | 1PM |Curator-Led Gallery Talk: Natural Histories

Reservations by April 26 | Included with museum admission |

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Art 360? - Interactive Study Sessions

Reservations by May 10| For adults and teens | Members $20, nonmembers $25 |

As part of PEM's unique Saturday morning art studies series, Art 360°, 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 included in the exhibition.


Barbara Bosworth (born 1953), My Cousins Gathering Clams for Dinner, Wellfleet, 1994, inkjet print, ©Barbara Bosworth.


Captioned, high-resolution publicity images are available upon request.


Support provided by the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum. Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworthis part of PEM's Year of Photography, which is sponsored in part by WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, Hunt's Photo & Video, and Canon.

WBUR Hunts  Canon


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 22 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.  

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