Thursday, April 22, 2010

PEM in May

If you are planning a trip to Salem in May this year, you might want to know more about what is scheduled at the Peabody Essex Museum. Here is the list:

MAY
Sunday, May 2nd 3 pm Morse Auditorium

Presentation Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

Letters to Jackie presents 250 intimate responses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. At PEM, author Ellen Fitzpatrick also discusses how images shape public perception of the U.S. presidency. A book signing follows. Reservations by May 1.

Saturday, May 8th 1 pm meet at the information desk

Gallery Talk The Kennedys / Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon

Photography Curator Phillip Prodger talks about Richard Avedon’s iconic portraits. Reservations by May 6.

Saturday, May 8th 1 – 3 pm Art Studio

Studio Saturdays Mosaics
Create a lively, colorful mosaic inspired by nature using simple materials with artist and textile designer Rahat Mama. For children of all ages with an accompanying adult.

Sunday, May 9th 2–3 pm meet at the information desk

Art & Nature Story Time ECHO Spring Blossoms

Count what’s springing to life outside. Then craft your own blossoms. For children ages 3 to 6 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 7.

Saturday, May 22nd & Sunday, May 23rd 11 am - 4 pm

Weekend Festival Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Weavers, dancers, puppet masters, hieroglyphics experts and artists illuminate the Maya culture of Guatemala and Mexico. Come see the ancient arts come to life!

SATURDAY
Maya Dugouts Demonstration 11 am - 4 pm

Boat builder Wade Smith reconstructs a large-scale, speculative model of a dugout canoe based on ancient Maya designs.

Weaving the Waterways 11 am - 4 pm

Using back strap looms, skilled weavers of Maya descent create a traditional huipil, a blouse with water motifs.

Guatemala Maya Sawdust Carpet 11 am - 4 pm
Master artist Ubaldo Sanchez creates an alfombra from hand-dyed sawdust, rice, dried beans and flowers on the Atrium floor. Help make the border!
Docent-led Gallery Tours of Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Family tour 11:30 am; Adult tour 1 pm; Tickets available at the admissions desk.

Grupo Awal Dance Noon and 3 pm
Young troupe members represent the Maya culture of Guatemala through folk dances, dress and cultural traditions. At PEM, see these 20-minute dance tributes to Maiz, or corn.

Puppet Theater Performances 1:30 and 4 pm

Gustavo Boada and members of Grupo Awal perform the Maya creation story — El Popol Vuh – with life-size puppets.

Story Time: Rain Player 2 pm
A boy named Pik challenges the Maya god of rain to a game of pok-a-tok — a cross between soccer and basketball —to avert a drought. For children ages 5-9 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 20, meet at the information desk.

Hieroglyphics Presentation and Demonstration 2 - 3 pm and 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Marc Zender, an eminent scholar of Maya hieroglyphs, talks about the ancient writing system and deciphering techniques. After, join a beginner’s workshop and make your own glyphs! For adults and teens.Reservations by May 20.

Film: Breaking the Maya Code 3:30 - 5:30 pm
The complex and beautiful hieroglyphic script of the ancient Maya was until recently one of the last great undeciphered writing systems. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Coe, Breaking the Maya Code traces the epic quest to unlock the secrets of the script across 200 years, nine countries and three continents. Reservations by May 20

SUNDAY
Maya Dugouts Demonstration 11 am - 4 pm

Boat builder Wade Smith reconstructs a large-scale, speculative model of a dugout canoe based on ancient Maya designs.

Weaving the Waterways 11 am - 4 pm

Using back strap looms, skilled weavers of Maya descent create a traditional huipil, a blouse with water motifs.

Guatemala Maya Sawdust Carpet 11 am - 4 pm
Master artist Ubaldo Sanchez creates an alfombra from hand-dyed sawdust, rice, dried beans and flowers on the Atrium floor. Help make the border!
Docent-led Gallery Tours of Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Adult tour 1 pm; Family tour 2:30 pm; Tickets available at the admissions desk.

Grupo Awal Dance 11:30 am and 2 pm
Young troupe members represent the Maya culture of Guatemala through folk dances, dress and cultural traditions. At PEM, see these 20-minute dance tributes to Maiz, or corn.

Puppet Theater Performances 12:30 and 3 pm

Gustavo Boada and members of Grupo Awal perform the Maya creation story — El Popol Vuh – with life-size puppets.

Story Time: Abuela’s Weave 1:30 pm
Set in Guatemala, this story portrays the loving rapport between a child and her grandmother. For children ages 3-9 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 20, meet at the information desk.

Mural Art of the Maya Presentation 2 - 3 pm

Artist & archaeologist Heather Hurst, whose mural of a world-turtle is on view in Fiery Pool, explains how she reconstructs murals and what she learns by studying ancient images. Q&A follows. Morse Auditorium, reservations by May 21.
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I hope to see you here (or there!)

Juli

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