All posts tagged Cuba

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Magda at Montserrat

By Jo Broderick I’ve been at Montserrat College of Art for nearly three decades and always get excited this time of year – for spring, for graduation and to see …

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PEM in Cuba

Earlier this month, we traveled to Cuba with a group of PEM friends and supporters. Our journey was initially inspired by the sculptures we commissioned from Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Our …

Back of the Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons catalog by Wilcox Design. 2016. Courtesy of Jean Wilcox.

Book Design Distilled

By Jean Wilcox What I love most about book design, and the crafting of exhibition catalogs especially, is the opportunity to study an artist and learn the story behind their …

Alchemy of the Soul, Elixir for the Spirits [unit 1], 2015. Peabody Essex Museum. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and her early life in Cuba

For Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, PEM presents a newly launched in-depth interactive digital publication to complement the exhibition and accompanying print catalogue. The digital publication offers a …

A freight elevator transports you up to 'Alchemy of the Soul'.

Found in translation

Perched on sugar sacks and leaning against the metal walls, a small group of us are riding up the museum’s freight elevator. It’s a space that’s been creatively re-imagined as …

Logbook of the Elizabeth Leavitt, traveling to Havana from Boston, 1858. - See more at: http://www.pem.org/library/blog/?p=8649#sthash.oV4eqH80.dpuf

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When my fellow librarians and I became aware of this month’s theme for PEM/PM, we knew right away that the Phillips Library collections needed to be a part of it.  …

Rum bottle, before 1830, B.W. Stone Distillery, Charter Street, Salem, Massachusetts, glass, Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM

Collected Alchemy

“With Alchemy of the Soul, Elixir for the Spirits, we breathe the scents, we hear the echoes, we see visions of Cuba past and present.” The latest exhibition to open …

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Ghost hunting in Cuba with Magda

Traveling with an artist means that every experience, every encounter is potential grist for their creative mill. And when that artist is Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Magda), and you’re accompanying her …