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Heart of the beest

Editor’s Note: Today PEM announced some very exciting Strandbeest news. Learn more at the bottom of this post. My new husband and I are just back from a delightful honeymoon …

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The man behind the mobile

Art critic Jed Perl recently visited PEM for the opening of our exhibition Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. The longtime writer for The New Republic is writing a …

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Turning back

Our summer exhibition Turner & the Sea ranked as the second most highly attended exhibition at PEM. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the exhibition brought crowds totalling nearly 100,000 …

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PEMcast 003 — Growing up curious

Are you, or were you a curious kid? How do museums fuel your curiosity? In this episode, Chip and Dinah talk with a 3-year-old who visits PEM daily. Then, the …

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Tending a garden of guides

Peas in a pod?  Not exactly… With apologies in advance to my fellow docents, we are more like a tossed salad, and even that does not do us justice.  If …

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The making of an exhibition catalog

As I write these words, a cargo ship is chugging across the Pacific ocean, carrying freshly-printed volumes of In Plain Sight: Discovering The Furniture of Nathaniel Gould  in preparation for …

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A bridge to somewhere

My heart thumps with anxious excitement as the professor comes to the microphone to call out the names.  Will anyone hear him over the din of voices — the laughing …

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Thinking outside the box

Every time I spot the Bookmobile traveling the streets of Beverly, I feel grateful that it’s the city I call home. It’s something that speaks to the priorities of a …

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Dissecting our mood

To find out more about the Mood-o-Meter, an interactive in our Turner exhibition, I probed the minds of some of those behind it: Jim Olson and Caroline Herr from Integrated …