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PLEASE NOTE: Advance exhibition schedule is current as of Sept. 14, 2006. Please disregard all previous information. All information is subject to change. Please contact the Public Relations Office at (978) 745-9500 x3228 to confirm information prior to publication.

NEW AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Of Gods and Mortals, Traditional Art from India
Nov. 4, 2006 – ongoing

In India, art plays an integral role in the structure of daily life. Paintings, sculpture, textiles and other art forms are used in religious practices and to express prestige and social position. The Peabody Essex Museum has recently tripled its gallery space for Indian art in order to reveal the rich diversity of the country’s artistic tradition. Featuring works from the 1800s to the present, this new installation includes the delicate embroideries, fine portraits and devotional images prized by maharajas, merchants, farmers and laborers.

Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions
October 28, 2006 – March 4, 2007

Inspired by China brings together approximately 30 stellar examples of historic Chinese furniture and new works designed by 22 leading artists from around the world whose response to China’s rich and varied furniture traditions will reveal the creative power of cross-cultural exchange. The aesthetics of Chinese furniture and decorative art have been an important source for new directions in European and American furniture—from the Chippendale style of the mid-18th century, through the Aesthetic style of the late 19th century, to modernist design during the 1930s and 1940s. This traveling exhibition will open at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 20, 2007, and run through Mar. 31, 2007.

Epic India: Paintings of M. F. Husain
November 4, 2006 – June 3, 2007

The Mahabharata is one of India’s oldest and most beloved epics, and the source of stories and teachings that have been part of life in India for two thousand years. M. F. Husain, India’s best-known contemporary artist, first painted a series of works about the epic for the 1971 Sao Paolo Biennale. For Husain, the central paradox of the epic, and of human nature, is the competition and jealousies that divide members of a family, forcing them to choose sides and moving them all inexorably towards an Armageddon. Drawn primarily from the Peabody Essex Museum’s Herwitz Collection of contemporary Indian art, the exhibition features 19 works inspired by Husain’s vision of the Mahabharata.

The Emperor Looks West
September 23, 2006 – Mar. 25, 2007

Art has been used to mark important events throughout the history of nations. In China, some of the finest examples have emerged from palace workshops. In this exhibition, an exquisite court painting from the 18th century--on view for the first time in a U.S. museum--shows a banquet in the Forbidden City celebrating Emperor Qianlong’s military victory in a region of western China. "Victory Banquet at the West Garden” (19’w x 20”h), which once belonged to a former French president, is painted in ink, color, and gold on silk in the traditional hand scroll format. Other objects, including a dazzling European-style clock; a Mughal jade bowl; ceramics; enamels, and cloisonné, reflect the range of international influences that helped shape imperial art during the Qianlong era.

Sketched at Sea
August 12, 2006 – January 6, 2008

This exhibition features a hidden treasure of the Peabody Essex Museum’s maritime collections—an important selection of marine sketchbooks, many of which are being shown for the first time. The men and women who created these works were mariners, travelers, or professional artists, and they all shared the experience of the sea as the inspiration for their drawings. The pages in the sketchbooks will be frequently rotated so that visitors can regularly experience a fresh selection of artworks.

A Sense of Place: An Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents
December 16, 2006 – June 3, 2007

This exhibition presents seven large batiks by contemporary artist Betsy Sterling Benjamin. The batiks, each representing a continent, celebrate the diversity and interconnections in nature and among cultures around the globe. Objects from the museum's permanent collection will also be featured in the exhibition, plus hands-on interactive stations and other activities for families. Benjamin's batiks, originally made to celebrate the millennium on each continent, reveal the unique perspective artists bring to global issues such as biodiversity and cultural awareness.

—OPENING IN 2007

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
April 28, 2007 – August 19, 2007

Joseph Cornell is one of America’s most innovative modern artists, known for his distinctive box sculptures, collages and experimental films that continue to influence many artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and designers. Co-organized by PEM and The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and curated by PEM chief curator, Lynda Hartigan, the exhibition represents the first major retrospective of this extraordinary American artist in 25 years. It will feature 200 of Cornell’s artworks borrowed from an international array of public and private collections. This exhibition will travel.

Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style
October 2007 – February 2008

In celebration of the 250th birthday of Salem's renowned architect, the Peabody Essex Museum is holding the first major exhibition of Samuel McIntire's distinguished career as a carver of neoclassical ornaments for buildings, ships and furniture. It includes more than 200 objects— from original architectural drawings, carvings, and sculpture, to examples of his extraordinary furniture creations—drawn from both public and private collections. Curator Dean Lahikainen, the author of the accompanying book for the show, has also selected paintings, prints, books, tools and related decorative arts objects, giving viewers a rich context for McIntire's work.

—CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Painting Summer in New England
Through September 4, 2006

New England is renowned for the summer delights and leisure activities afforded by its mountains, villages, and seacoast. Since the 19th century, painters have gathered in New England to capture these activities and landscapes on canvas. In Painting Summer in New England, guest curator Trevor Fairbrother assembles an astonishing array of paintings, ranging from the 1850s to the present, including works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Andrew Wyeth, Stuart Davis, George Bellows, Marguerite Zorach, Edward Hopper, Lois Dodd, and Alex Katz. While some works reflect the leisure activities of the summer, others touch on the counterpoints of city living, rural existence, and the impact on natural settings and resources. Painting Summer in New England, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, opens April 22, 2006 and runs through Sept. 4, 2006.

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light
(Ongoing)

The first major show of Native American art since the museum reopened in 2003, this exhibition features approximately 90 works ranging in date from the 1600’s to the present. The Peabody Essex Museum’s collection of Native American art is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Featured here are exceptional historic and contemporary beadwork, textiles, ceramics, new media installations, drawings, sculpture, and paintings. The exhibitionpowerfully demonstrates multiple themes, such as ceremonial and everyday objects that convey belief and narrative, the role of women, intertribal and Native/non-Native influences, and humor and parody.

The Yachting Photography of Willard B. Jackson
extenddd through May 20, 2007

Willard Bramwell Jackson (1871–1940) trained his lens on one of the yachting capitals of the world, Marblehead, Massachusetts. Shooting primarily from his powerboat Alison between 1898 and 1936, Jackson captured the many dimensions of yachting, from graceful boat designs, to the exhilaration of the sport, to the deep affinity sailors share with their vessels on the sea. Although he specialized in great sailboats, Jackson's remarkable eye and darkroom skills captured the beauty of all kinds of vessels, including steam yachts, speedboats, elegant pleasure cruisers, and the occasional naval vessel. The exhibition includes more than 50 works from the Peabody Essex Museum's collection. The Yachting Photography of Willard B. Jackson will be accompanied by the first major book on the artist’s work, featuring essays by Matt Murphy, editor of WoodenBoat magazine, and Daniel Finamore, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Exposing the Source: the Paintings of Nalini Malani
Through October 15, 2006

Exposing the Source: The Paintings of Nalini Malani presents two decades of the artist’s projects as a painter. Drawn principally from the Peabody Essex Museum’s renowned
Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of Contemporary Indian Art­­, the exhibition features paintings and watercolors that include powerful imagery of women’s inner lives, of India’s vital urban culture, as well as invocations of Hindu and Greek mythology and modern German drama. Nalini Malani, born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1946, was the first Indian artist with a solo exhibition in the United States, and has had work exhibited in India, Japan, Australia, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Cuba, South Africa, and the United States. An installation piece is also featured in this year’s Venice Biennale. Nalini Malani lives and works in Mumbai. The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of Contemporary Indian Art comprises more than 1,200 works by many of India’s leading artists of the second half of the twentieth century.

Owls in Art & Nature
Through December 3, 2006

Owls have long held a fascination for people, whether as symbols of good or evil, of wisdom, or harbingers of doom. Through a selection of works of art and interactive stations, a new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum explores the myriad connections between people and owls and why owls look and behave the way they do. This rich and multi-faceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, video, and decorative art. Eight new, original works created for this exhibition will be displayed, as well as objects from the museum’s collections of Native American, Contemporary Indian, and American Decorative art, such as a Tlingit owl amulet and an owl fan.

All of My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists
(Ongoing)

This dynamic selection of sculptures and paintings in All of My Life embraces the experiences and worldviews of nine contemporary Native American artists who call upon and reinterpret both Native American painting and sculpting traditions that are thousands of years old as well as those of modern art. Artists such as Mateo Romero and David Bradley have chosen oil painting and social realism as their means of tackling the political landscape of being Native American in today's changing world. Truman Lowe interprets the Eastern shorelines in sculpting an abstracted, suspended structure in willow. Although visitors may have expectations about what constitutes Native American art, this installation will provide opportunities to expand our understanding and knowledge about how contemporary Native artists are reinterpreting traditions and challenging conventions.

Carved by Nature: Untamed Traditions in Chinese Decorative Art
Through August 13, 2006

Objects made from naturally twisted and contorted wood have been appreciated in China for millennia. These organic forms appealed to Buddhists and Daoists seeking to convey an attitude of humility and an affinity with nature. During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), fantastic wood forms appealed to the flamboyant tastes of the period, and many wealthy Chinese collectors surrounded themselves with furnishings of twisted wood.

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