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P-E-M in spelling bee

“Your first word is alien. Alien: ‘belonging to a foreign country or nation’. Alien.” And so last Thursday evening on April 6, the 29th annual Boston First Literacy Spelling Bee …

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Adventures in tight places

For the second time in as many months, I found myself in New York City with an object. On the first trip, I acted as courier, accompanying a recently conserved …

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In defense of arts funding

Cultural institutions across the country are reeling from news that the White House plans to slash or eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment …

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Conservator behind the scenes

By: Maria João Petsica Chinese export pieces that feature the black lacquer and gold decoration are commonly designated as Canton lacquer in a clear association with the place from whence …

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A real shoe-in

Paris. Milan. London. Haverhill, Massachusetts. To quote our friends on Sesame Street, one of these places might not seem like the others. Yet much like those cosmopolitan meccas of high …

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Global crossings

Chinese export painting was an intriguing phenomenon in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the West’s fascination with decorative arts in the chinoiserie style gave rise to the production of …

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Shoes coming out of the woodwork

Shortly after the opening of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition, Salem resident Bill Larson contacted PEM with questions about an ancient child’s shoe and other objects he found in …

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Exhibition spotlight: WOW

As the exhibition title suggests, expect to say the same word repeatedly as you make your way through the galleries, spoken in admiration and complete disbelief. “WOW” is definitely right. …

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The astronaut and the artist

Staring starry-eyed at the glass world that sits in one of our American art galleries, it is easy to imagine you are peering down at Earth from a far-off spacecraft. …