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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. …

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Lunar inspiration

By Jess Haberman On a recent visit to the Peabody Essex Museum our local writers group was absolutely moonstruck. PEM hosted a meet-and-write for the Witch City Writers, and pens …

Groundroot at John Ward House

Peeling back the layers

Exploring the dark and chilly rooms of PEM’s John Ward House is like going into a secret world where only a few lucky ones hold the key. As they peel …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …