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Benton in 3-D


PEMcast: Episode 008.1

The same day that shortsighted city planners allowed New York’s Beaux-Arts style Penn Station to be demolished, the front page of the New York Times told of the impending demolition …

John Ward House

Living like it’s 1684

During my years living in Salem, I’ve noted that houses painted black here often date back to the 17th century. It just seems to be the way — with the …


My father, the painter

Their works in PEM’s Putnam Gallery represent two totally different styles and were created decades apart.  Still, gifted painters Leon Kroll and Will Barnet crossed paths in the 1950s and …


Museums for $400, Alex!

At the risk of revealing too many details about my personal life outside of the work place, I will admit to being an unabashed fan of the game show Jeopardy.  …

Sheila and Sam vintage

A 70-year odyssey of collecting

The story of Sheila and Sam Robbins’ collection begins in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where Sheila worked in one of the area’s grand hotels and Sam attended summer …


Moving sculptures

PEM’s idea to enhance Rodin’s brilliant sculptural work by adding live performance to the experience of Rodin: Transforming Sculpture is a collaboration of the type that BoSoma Dance Company  has been promoting …


Stickwork turns 1

When artist Patrick Dougherty and a group volunteers created Stickwork on the lawn of our historic Crowninshield-Bentley House one year ago, passers by tried to guess what the structure most …


Thinking about ‘The Thinker’

“This awful Thinker: seen from his left, he looks like a bird of prey contented with the vengeance he has meted out to the vile of the earth; a composition …


Recreating Rodin

I’m standing at the end of a driveway in Jamaica Plain in Boston getting ready to run for my life, just in case.  Foundry artist and instructor Benjamin Todd has …