PLEASE NOTE: Advance exhibition schedule is current as of July 25, 2007. Please disregard all previous information. All information is subject to change. Please contact the Public Relations Office at (978) 745-9500 x3228 to confirm all information prior to publication.


Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style
October 13, 2007 - February 24, 2008

Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style

This groundbreaking exhibition, marking the 250th anniversary of Samuel McIntire's birth, explores his role as a leading force for creative design during the Federal period (1780-1820)--when European neo- classical styles were transformed into a distinct American aesthetic. Known primarily for his architectural designs, Carving an American Style is the first exhibition to focus on McIntire's career as a carver. It includes many of his exquisite carvings for furniture and architecture, as well as drawings and freestanding sculpture-a total of more than 200 objects. Carving an American Style is curated by the museum's Dean Lahikainen, a widely respected authority on Salem furniture and the decorative art and architecture of New England.


Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
Through Aug. 19. 2007

Joseph Cornell: Navigating th Imagination

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 American master in 26 years. It features 180 of Cornell's artworks -making PEM the largest venue for this touring exhibition, including 30 pieces on public view for the first time. Works in Navigating the Imagination were borrowed from an international array of public and private collections. The exhibition travels to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Oct. 6, 2007 - Jan. 6, 2008).


Accidental Mysteries
Through Jan. 27, 2008

Girls with Watermelon, c. 1955

Accidental Mysteries presents over 65 vintage snapshots from the collection of John and Teenuh Foster. Vernacular photography refers to the scope of photography taken for personal use: family portraits, travel albums, holiday photos and more. Many of the images contain accidental double exposures or other darkroom mistakes, creating unintentionally idiosyncratic compositions. Presented outside their intended context, the photographs become pieces of larger historical and societal movements. They also take on the reflections of the viewer, who is left to ponder the mysterious circumstances in which these photographs came to be.


Origami Now!
Through June 8, 2008

Origami Now!

Originally developed in Asia, origami has evolved into an exciting art form explored by artists worldwide. Works in this intimately scaled exhibition in the museum's Art and Nature Center demonstrate the remarkable breadth of origami art, ranging from depictions of nature to self-portraits and abstract forms. In addition to showing masterworks of origami, the exhibition reveals connections between origami and innovations in other disciplines, such as design, medicine and math. Interactive displays give visitors of all ages opportunities to engage in the artistic process of origami.


Gateway Bombay
Through Dec. 7, 2008

Gateway Bombay

Bombay has served as home and vibrant inspiration for many artists, including Atul Dodiya, M.F. Husain, Bhupen Khakhar, Nalini Malani, Gieve Patel, and Sudhir Patwardhan-artists well-represented in the Museum's contemporary Indian art collection. This exhibition features works from the Herwitz collection and a dynamic installation in the Atrium by Bose Krishnamachari of video-enhanced tiffin carriers (Bombay's famous and ubiquitous lunch-boxes).



Bombay has served as home and vibrant inspiration for many artists, including Atul Dodiya, M.F. Husain, Bhupen Khakhar, Nalini Malani, Gieve Patel, and Sudhir Patwardhan-artists well-represented in the Museum's contemporary Indian art collection. This exhibition features works from the Herwitz collection and a dynamic installation in the Atrium by Bose Krishnamachari of video-enhanced tiffin carriers (Bombay's famous and ubiquitous lunch-boxes).

Sketched at Sea
Through January 6, 2008

Sketched at Sea 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.

Perfect Imbalance, Exploring Chinese Aesthetics
Through May 17, 2009

Chinese culture is diverse, longstanding and ever-changing. Yet common ties unite. This exhibition offers an approach to understanding Chinese culture through a study and celebration of the aesthetics of Chinese art. Objects included reveal key aesthetic clues that define the art of China, and distinguish it from art produced by neighboring regions, or art made in China for the export market. These aesthetic standards prevailed with the passing of time and foreign influences. Ultimately they are a testament to the power of art. The exhibition features 30 objects that date from the Neolithic era to 2004 in a range of media including paintings, jade, textiles, porcelain and prints.

Opening in 2008

Japanese Kabuki Theater (Tentative Title)
Feb. 2, 2008 - Jan. 25, 2009

Japanese Kabuki Theater presents a stunning selection of woodblock prints, including works from PEM's collection on view for the first time. Produced as promotional materials for the immensely popular kabuki theater of 18th- and 19th-century Japan, the colorful prints illustrate the dramatic expressions and stylish kimono of its star actors. The exhibition features a selection of 19th-century prints - including works by famed print designer Utagawa Kunisada - as well as a rare collection of objects associated with kabuki, such as costumes, photographs and sign-boards.


The Art of Maori Tattoo (Tentative Title)
Feb. 23, 2008 - Feb. 1, 2009

Body Politics

This exhibition features moko, the Maori art of facial or body tattooing, and includes stunning images by Dutch-born photographer Hans Neleman. Maori moko are distinguished by their expressions of identity - personal, social and tribal. Dating back hundreds of years, the art form is undergoing a resurgence as New Zealand's Maori reassert their cultural tradition. The exhibition of approximately 20 large format images invites an exploration of aspects of Maori design, inspiration and contemporary culture.


Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony
April 26, 2008 - Sept. 14. 2008

Wedded Bliss

Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony explores the wedding ceremony as an impetus for the creation of art in cultures around the world. Spanning three centuries, this ambitious show presents diverse aesthetic and cultural themes: the dynamics of identity; tradition and changing societal values; ritual and ceremony as performing arts; artistic expressions of spirituality and religion, and displays of status and prestige. The multiple stages of the matrimonial process, including courtship and engagement, prenuptial preparations, wedding rituals and celebrations, honeymoons and newlyweds, and anniversaries, are richly represented.


To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape
Nov. 8, 2008 - March 1, 2009

To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape features over 40 paintings, sketches and photographs by artists who journeyed to the Arctic and Antarctic, including noted painters Frederic Edwin Church, Rockwell Kent and Lawren Harris. Showcasing work by American, British, Canadian and Scandinavian artists from the 18th to mid-20th centuries, the exhibition presents the range of artistic response to this unique landscape - from the documentary to the sublime and existential. Common in all works is the assumption that the distant polar regions were beyond the influence of humankind, an idea that has been tragically eclipsed by recent environmental developments. Curated by Samuel Scott, PEM Associate Curator of Maritime Art and History, To the Ends of the Earth is held concurrently with Life~Boat.

Of Gods and Mortals, Traditional Art from India

In India, art is part of the fabric 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 inaugural installation includes the delicate embroideries, fine portraits and devotional images prized by maharajas, merchants, farmers and laborers.

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light

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. Included here are exceptional historic and contemporary beadwork, textiles, ceramics, new media installations, drawings, sculpture, and paintings. The exhibition powerfully 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.

All of My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists

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.


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