Released June 04, 2014


SALEM, MA - On Thursday, June 19, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is open late for its monthly evening party series, PEM/PM. Members, locals and first-time visitors are invited to drink up the atmosphere of a 19th-century English pub during the time of J.M.W. Turner, the British artist celebrated in Turner & the Sea, a new exhibition of more than 100 paintings on view this summer. The evening will feature gallery talks, The Jovial Crew singing folk songs of the sea and shore, a British beer tasting in the Asian Garden, the opportunity to play darts and other pub games and an art-making activity to decorate your own coaster.

Dramatic, contemplative, dangerous and beautiful, the sea was the perfect subject to showcase the singular talents of Turner. See iconic works spanning the artist's career from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s to the unfinished, experimental seascapes produced toward the end of his life. Paintings by European and American masters - such as Constable, Whistler and Sargent - illuminate how Turner influenced generations of artists.

As depicted in a new film that won acclaim at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Turner is said to have lashed himself to a mast in a storm, in order to perfectly capture the light and raucous waves. "Turner lived in one of the world's most powerful nations at the water's edge for much of his life, at the very peak of British sea power. As any great artist will do, he embraced the atmosphere of his time and presented it through his work. Turner's talent was such that he went a step further and also redefined marine painting, and perhaps all painting, forever," said Daniel Finamore, PEM's Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History.

Members and Salem residents (with ID) free | Nonmembers $10 at the door

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PEM's evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included celebrating romance in PEM's Chinese house, dancing with Nick Cave's Soundsuits and learning Indian cooking techniques.


Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive 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. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructure and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. 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


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