Tuesday, May 04, 2010

"The Jackie Look"


Performance Coincides with
The Kennedys Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon
On view through July 18, 2010
SALEM, MA — In sunglasses, pearls, and the coif known to millions, infamous performance artist Karen Finley is the very image of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in The Jackie Look, coming to PEM’s Morse Auditorium on Friday, June 4 at 7:30 PM.
Known for her scandalous performances, risqué subject matter, and provocative artistic adventures in honey and chocolate, Finley’s newest one-woman show unfolds in dramatic form as a lecture after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Against a backdrop of photographs taken throughout Mrs. Onassis’s life, Finley explores the world’s obsession with her image, grief, appearance, and persona.

“Looking at the most photographed woman of her time,” Finley says, “the performance considers the public/private place of looking, the gaze of trauma, the process of memory and documentation.”

An acclaimed and controversial artist, Finley creates installations, sculptures, and performances around the world. In the 1990s, Finley was labeled “Public Enemy No. 1” by Jesse Helms as one of the “NEA Four” at the center of a political debate on federal funding of controversial artists. The case eventually went to the Supreme Court.

FRIDAY JUNE 4TH, 2010 7:30PM Members $25, Non-members $30 [Note: There is no charge for admission since this is after normal hours.]

A champagne reception follows the performance of The Jackie Look; docent-led tours of The Kennedys Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon will take place prior to the performance at 6:30 and 6:50 p.m.

About the Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 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: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. 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.

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