Antarctic ice paintings
will be displayed in
Peabody Essex Museum
June 28, 2008 - June
JUNE 28, 2008 THROUGH JUNE 7, 2009
the Arctic and Antarctic through compelling works of art by 30
contemporary artists. This interactive exhibition in the museum's Art
& Nature Center highlights polar regions as distinct, biologically
important systems shaped over time by cyclical changes and
increasingly, by human
|April 08, 2008
||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXPLORE THE WORLD FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
New exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum�s Art & Nature Center
June 28, 2008, through June 7, 2009
Salem, Mass. � The Peabody Essex Museum invites you to discover our planet�s polar regions in Polar Attractions, a new exhibition at the museum�s Art & Nature Center.
magnificent as they are vulnerable, the Arctic and Antarctic inspire
contemporary artists to capture the expansive panoramas, sculptural ice
formations and resilient life thriving at the ends of the earth.
Polar Attractions explores
creative responses to the polar environment and the science of climate
change through 47 works of contemporary art and interactive stations.
exhibition encourages families to experience the polar regions through
artwork and activities that demonstrate how nature and human influences
have shaped these distinct, biologically important ecosystems over
time,� said Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art
& Nature Center and PEM curator of natural history. �Visitors will
be surprised by the range of color, scale and texture in the show. We
hope they will think of this exhibition as an opportunity to see parts
of the world most of us will never have a chance to visit.�
conveying the unique viewpoints of more than 30 North American artists
� including Native Alaskans and Canadian Inuit � are presented in four
interconnected thematic sections: Ice, Landscape, Wildlife, and Human Interaction.
Whether glacial or sea-bound, ice sustains life and regulates the
circulation of our oceans. Artists employ sound and video, brushed
metal sculptures and paintings made with polar ice to capture the
powerful presence of ice in the polar world. Mary Edna Fraser�s Iceberg (above) is one example. Visitors can interact with an iceberg installation and discover its secrets for themselves.
Scale-model polar landscapes viewed through periscopes accompany large-
and small-format photographs capturing grand polar vistas and delicate
flora. More than just ice and rock, these harsh regions display
unexpected color and vibrancy.
Although the habitats may seem austere and punishing, the polar regions
are home to many creatures that have thrived there for millennia. As
ecosystems change, animals are severely tested. Encounter polar
wildlife through sculptures you can touch, origami, contemporary
paintings and birds from PEM�s own historic collection. Visitors can
team up to play the Arctic Tern Challenge, guiding a migrating tern on
its perilous journey from one pole to another.
Human Interaction. From the
interconnectedness of native cultures, to the impact of natural
resource extraction and global warming, human interaction with the
Arctic and Antarctic regions is a multihued tapestry of dark and light
influences. In this section, sculpture, basketry, photography, drawings
and video installations all address how human beings affect
environmental changes. A spectacular sculpture (shown here, worn by the
artist) interprets solar, lunar and tidal data in three-dimensional
form, alluding to the importance of scientific research at the poles.
Visitors can build their own three-dimensional mixed-media
constructions and capture digital images to be posted on a museum Web
site for others to view and consider.
Other media stations
encourage deeper exploration of the themes and art featured in the
exhibition through interactive computer stations, video footage and
Polar Attractions is supported in part by New Trade Winds/ECHO.
Images, checklist and artist interviews for Polar Attractions are available upon request by contacting Dominick Pangallo: 978-745-9500, x3228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image captions (top to bottom):
Iceberg, 2008, Mary Edna Fraser.
Antarctic Explorer � Darkness to Lightness, 2007, Nathalie Miebach.
About the Art & Nature CenterPEM�s
Art & Nature Center is a dynamic exhibition space featuring
self-guided and facilitated experiences for families, adults and
children. This innovative, 2,500-square-foot area integrates original
works of art and natural history objects with interactive displays to
highlight vital connections between art and nature and to provide a
thought-provoking segue to and from the museum�s art galleries.
Activity stations, multimedia elements and a range of programs offer
visitors a variety of entry points for investigating the artwork and
About the Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and
around the world. The Museum campus features numerous parks, period
gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a
200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic
architecture on display in the United States.
HOURS Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang:
$4. Members, youth 16 and under, and residents of Salem enjoy free
general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.
INFO Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org.
Public Relations Manager
Phone: 978-745-9500, ext. 3109
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Phone: 978-745-9500, ext. 3228