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Benton in 3-D

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Shell shocked

Eliza’s room faces East and overlooks a corner of the garden. In the morning the small bedroom catches and magnifies sunlight spectacularly. The dresser mirror, starched white bed linens and …

North Bennett School working on the Lye-Tapley Shoe Shop. Photo by Allison White.

Reconstructing the windows of history

The window sash restoration portion of the Preservation Carpentry curriculum at The North Bennet Street School has felt like a culmination of every skill I’ve learned since starting the program …


Discovering Liang and Lin

This recent trip to Massachusetts was about self-discovery and learning about my family’s past. Ever since I saw the documentary made by CCTV in 2010 about my great-grandparents, Sicheng Liang …

Pieter Claesz. Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1627. Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Feasting the senses

by Claudia Swan As an art historian specialized in art of the Golden Age, I spend a lot of time thinking about the sense of sight. The exhibition Asia in Amsterdam encourages …

Curator John Coffey seated where Childe Hassam painted Isles of Shoals (Goodnight Collection) in 1906. Duck Island lies on the horizon.

Seeing What the Artist Saw

by John Coffey Museum exhibitions often begin with a question or puzzle. Almost five years ago, I was researching three paintings by Childe Hassam, all promised gifts to the NCMA from …

The exit of Asia in Amsterdam on view at PEM through June 5. Photo by Nikki Vergakes,

PEM’s Golden Age

By Sandy Sheckman Just as you exit Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, you are asked to consider what might be the next big thing.  As …

Brian White, Island Bride (detail), 2002. Steel, seashell composition marine epoxy, paint, jute, other materials. Peabody Essex Museum. Museum purchase. 2007 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Mark Sexton. On view at art gallery, Level 2.

What speaks to me

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 …

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard in Cuba during a trip to research the PEM exhibition. Courtesy photo.

Collaborators in every sense of the word

Inspired by Cuba and the history of the sugar trade, Alchemy of the Soul is a multimedia and multisensory installation that is a collaboration by Neil Leonard and Maria Magdalena …

A view of Plummer Hall in the Phillips Library, 1885. Courtesy photo

Library collection draws global visitors

For many years, people interested in tracing their genealogy sought out PEM’s Phillips Library to ply through birth certificates, news clippings and wedding announcements. Essex County is the most recorded …