01_V-E_details

Cool chintz

BentonBlog1

Benton in 3-D

Fitz Henry Lane,      Twighlight on the Kennebec.  1849.

What speaks to me – Paula Richter

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 …

Converse lineup

If the shoe fits

One of the first things I notice about a person is their shoes. A wide variety of styles can be seen walking the streets of Salem or Boston. Everything from …

20160264_0021-Photo_Credit-Kathy Tarantola 2

Head over heels

Lillian Montalto Bohlen distinctly remembers the day that she wore her fabulous black leather knee-high boots to junior high school. “All of my classmates were making fun of me. They …

© 2016 Alexandra de Steiguer

PEMcast 009: The Winter Caretaker

This is a short bonus episode before we say goodbye to 2016. It’s an outtake from an episode I was developing in response to our big summer impressionist painting exhibition …

RWPurcellStudio5a-x

Museum as a muse

When photographer Rosamond Purcell first had the idea –  decades ago — to photograph in museums, she didn’t exactly find an open and welcoming door. “That’s not the mission of …

Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 8.56.35 AM

Launching on Google

Growing up in a small west Texas town, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit many art museums — especially not those with extensive, impressive collections, located on the East …

IMG_8222 2

The little free library

Cicero, the Roman politician, once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” PEM’s recently renovated Ropes Mansion is now home to a fancy …

20160254_0126-Photo_Credit-Kathy Tarantola

A passionate collector

When Deputy Director Lynda Roscoe Hartigan was arranging to bring Shoes: Pleasure and Pain to PEM from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, she knew she would find a way to …

Photo by PEM/ Bob Packert

#GivingTuesday

By Julia Scherer-Hoock The word “philanthropy” is derived from the Greek word “philanthropia” with the prefix “philo” meaning love, and the suffix “anthropy” meaning humankind. Philanthropy, much like membership, brings …