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Benton in 3-D

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Studio boat makes waves

It’s rare that the work that we put into a temporary exhibition has a lifespan beyond the project it was conceived for. In my 25-plus years of making exhibitions, I …

137863, Classical revival card table made for Crowninshieldʹs Cleopatraʹs Barge 1816

What speaks to me – Dean Lahikainen

  This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that …

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Creating on Appledore

For a whole week this summer, artists descended upon Appledore Island off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and helped keep up the tradition of the island as a haven …

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What speaks to me – Dan Finamore

 This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that intrigues …

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Discovering Denys Wortman

Last summer, not too long after the June 2015 of American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. To my utter …

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Young collector

Gordon Wilkins was just two when he first wandered into a charming little bookstore that would play a big role in his life. When the budding reader and future curator …

Scrimshaw of the Ship Susan, 1829. Frederick Myrick (1808-1862). On board the SUSAN. Sperm whale tooth, blacking. Gift of George Pierce, ca.

What speaks to me: Trevor Smith

  This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that …

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A walking tour of PEM’s historic houses

I’m not an architecture enthusiast or an expert at historic house conservation. I’m also not from the area, so I don’t have a deep contextual understanding of Salem’s historic houses …

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PEMcast: Episode: 008.2

In the last episode of the PEMcast, we explored an historic downtown Salem that almost wasn’t when the wrecking ball of urban renewal loomed over our little city in the …