"A superb exhibition."
-The Wall Street Journal

"PEM has come up with a winner."
-The Boston Sunday Globe

Sign for U.S. Custom House in Salem, Mass. (detail), 1805, carved by Samuel McIntire. Painted pine. Photo by Dennis Helmar.

Salem, Mass. - Closing Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style celebrates the 250th anniversary of McIntire's birth with over 200 breathtaking objects. Samuel McIntire is the best attended American Decorative Arts exhibition the Peabody Essex Museum has ever had, with over 40,000 people visiting the show since it opened last year.

Recognized as the architect who transformed Salem, Mass., into one of the most beautiful towns in America, McIntire was also a woodcarver who established one of the first significant carving traditions in the new nation. The full breadth of this key aspect of his remarkable career is explored in this critically acclaimed exhibition. Carving an American Style is curated by PEM's curator of American Decorative Art, Dean Lahikainen, a widely respected authority on Salem furniture and New England decorative art and architecture. Lahikainen is also the author of an accompanying scholarly book - the first devoted to McIntire's carvings.

Organized thematically in five galleries, the exhibition explores McIntire's masterful decorative furniture and architectural carvings, as well as his freestanding sculpture. Carving an American Style provides an introduction to the period of economic prosperity and cultural awakening that Salem experienced after the American Revolution.

Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style is sponsored by U.S. Trust.

Additional support provided by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation and New Trade Winds/ECHO.

Media Partner: Antiques & Fine Art Magazine.

The exhibition's microsite can be found at Lahikainen's book, Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style, is on sale in PEM's Museum Shop, as well as at

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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008
Lecture: Stunning Interiors of Federal American Homes
By Elisabeth Garrett Widmer
7:30 pm | Morse Auditorium

Widmer discusses life at home in Federal America - examining the influence of new aesthetic, economic and social forces on architecture, décor and lifestyles in the federal period.

This lecture is free; reservations may be made by calling 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. The McIntire Lecture Series is made possible with support from the Lowell Institute.


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