Monday, December 27, 2010

Upcoming Events at PEM -- Plan Your Trip Now

Here is the list of special and on-going events at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for January and February, to help you in planning your visit to Salem, MA.

I hope to see you here, and remember, we always have packages available that include tickets to this terrific museum.

Juli

JANUARY

Tuesday, January 4 – Sunday, January 9
5 - 8pm
$10

CLOSING WEEK FOR THE EMPEROR’S PRIVATE PARADISE: THE EMPEROR’S FINAL DAYS

Extended evening hours! The museum will stay open until 8 pm for the last six nights of this special exhibition: Tuesday, January 4, through Sunday, January 9. After 5 pm, just pay the special admissions price of $10! As always, members, children and Salem residents are free. Visit pem.org for details.

Saturday, January 15
1 pm - 3 pm
For all ages
FREE with museum admission

STUDIO SATURDAYS: A KITE OF HOPES AND DREAMS

Honor of Martin Luther King Jr., help create a large kite filled with hopes and dreams for the community. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturday, January 15 &; Sunday, January 16
1 pm - 6:30 pm
Morse Auditorium

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FREE with museum admission
Reservations by January 13

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the rights of people around the world. It believes that international standards of human rights apply to all people equally, and that sharp vigilance and timely protest can prevent the tragedies of the 20th century from recurring. They remain convinced that progress can be made when people of good will organize themselves to make it happen. Andrea Holley, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, joins us on Saturday, January 15, to introduce the films and to discuss the organization’s work and the goals for these film festivals taking place around the world. Made possible by ECHO.

Saturday, January 15

Pushing the Elephant (2010)
1 pm
84 min.

Pushing the Elephanttells the story of Rose Mapendo’s separation from her 5-year-old daughter, Nangabire, during the 1998 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After 12 years apart, Rose and her other children are reunited with Nangabire in Phoenix, Ariz. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties Nangabire faces as a refugee in the United States — torn between her painful past and a hopeful future. In English, Kinyamulenge and Swahili with English subtitles.

Out in the Silence (2009)
3 pm
66 min.

Out in the Silence captures the controversy that ensues when filmmaker Joe Wilson’s same-sex wedding announcement is published in the newspaper of the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the challenges of negotiating the morally charged issue of sexual orientation and the potential for building bridges when people approach each other with openness and respect.

The Red Chapel (2009)
5 pm
87 min.

Comics Jacob and Simon were born in North Korea and adopted as infants by Danish parents. Together with Mads Br├╝gger, who poses as their manager, they get permission to put on a show in Pyongyang as a form of cultural exchange. The Red Chapel gives us rare insight into North Korea through the eyes of two hilarious and sensitive individuals as well as the behavior of the people they meet on their journey. In English, Danish and Korean with English subtitles.

Sunday, January 16

Enemies of the People (2009)
1 pm
94 min.

Enemies of the People follows Thet Sambath, whose parents were among the approximately 2 million people who perished under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. With unprecedented access and confessions from the notorious “Brother Number Two,” Nuon Chea, and from numerous grassroots killers, Sambath uncovers terrifying personal explanations for the genocide by allowing the perpetrators to speak for themselves. In English and Khmer with English subtitles. Winner: 2010 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize.

The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom (2009)
3 pm
79 min.

This film examines the interplay between the personal and the historic, the spiritual and the political. The tension between the Dali Lama’s efforts to find a peaceful solution and the impatience of the younger generation provokes questions about the “right” way forward and what that means for the future of Tibet. In English, Mandarin and Tibetan with English subtitles.

Friday, January 21
8 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $24, Students $12

BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT
East India Marine Hall
Reservations by January 19

The ensemble continues its survey of Schubert’s string quartets with his touching Rosamunde Quartet in A minor. Paired with Dvorak’s colorful and folkloric final Quartet in A flat, Opus 105 and a mystery piece. Bayla Keyes and Tatiana Dimitriades, violins; Edward Gazouleas, viola; Jonathan Miller, cello.

Sunday, January 23
2 - 3 pm
FREE with museum admission

PLAYING WITH POP-UP ART: Robert Sabuda’s Winter’s Tale
Reservations by January 21

Enjoy an eye-puzzling journey through David A. Carter’s One Red Dot, in the Eye Spy, Playing with Perception exhibition. Then, delve into Robert Sabuda’s amazing pop-up Winter’s Tale as inspiration for creating your own series of pop-up animals!

FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 12
11 am - 5 pm
All programs FREE with museum admission

Weekend Festival: Lunar New Year

The color red is the ultimate Chinese symbol of joy, used in celebrations and on special occasions. Red is also believed to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune and is commonly worn throughout Chinese New Year. Come join the festive mood in the Atrium — watch dance performances, create red and gold carp, explore red objects in the museum and wear red! Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO

Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion Dance Troupe
Atrium
11:30am - noon & 2:30 - 3 pm

Gund Kwokreturns to PEM for a lion dance performance to celebrate the New Year.

Drop-in Art Activity: Create a Carp
Atrium
11 am - 3 pm

Modern Chinese New Year hangings often feature carp, which symbolize the desire for prosperity in the year to come. Create your own beautiful fish to take home.

Ribbon Dance and Diabolo performance
Atrium
12 pm

The Chinese Folk Art Workshop presents traditional dances and more to celebrate the New Year. Watch amazing tricks with the diabolo, an ancient Chinese yo-yo used for play and exercise. The graceful Ribbon Dance is performed in cultural festivals in China. Meet the performers and try some moves yourself.

Drop-in Art Activity: Chun Lian
Atrium
1 - 4 pm

Chun lian, or spring couplets, is a special type of two-line poem used to decorate doorways for Chinese New Year. Make a happy, uplifting message for the coming year.

Story Time: Happy, Happy Chinese New Year!
1:30 pm
Recommended for children ages 3 and up with adult

Hear all about the special activities that take place during the Chinese New Year, including cooking, eating, setting off firecrackers and even sweeping and dusting! Explore the symbols in this story through vibrant illustrations by author Demi.

Family Gallery Tour: Don’t Pet Dragons: Art from China
2 - 2:30 pm
For children ages 5 and up with adult

Join us for this hands-on gallery adventure!

Film: Last Train Home
Morse Auditorium
3:30 - 5 pm
Recommended for teens and adults
Reservations by February 10

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their villages for the New Year holiday, a mass exodus that reveals a country caught between its rural past and industrial future. Last Train Home focuses on one family’s struggles with seeing each other only once a year. 87 minutes. In Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles.

Presentation: Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love and Language by Deborah Fallows
Morse Auditorium
1 pm
For adults
Reservations by February 11

Author, linguist and China expert Deborah Fallows shares the surprises of learning Mandarin, China’s most common language. While living in Shanghai and Beijing, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided clues to the habits of its people and its culture’s conundrums. A book signing follows the presentation. Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO.

Friday, February 18t
8 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $24, Students $12

BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT
East India Marine Hall
Reservations by February 16

The great clarinet player Thomas Martin joins the ensemble for the beloved Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major. The program also includes Brahms’ masterful Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 51. Thomas Martin, clarinet; Bo Youp Hwang and Tatiana Dimitriades, violins; Beth Guterman, viola; Jonathan Miller, cello.

Monday, February 21 – Friday, February 25
10am-5pm daily

FEBRUARY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK: Eye-Popping Art!
All activities are FREE with museum admission

Exercise your eyes (and your brain!) with activities inspired by the interactive exhibition Eye Spy, Playing with Perception. Meet artists, see special performances, participate in collaborative art making or put yourself in the art — stand inside an impossible cube or bend your face in our fun house mirrors! Made possible by the Lowell Institute & ECHO.

Monday, February 21

Drop-In Art Activity: Disappearing Drawings
Atrium
10 am - 1pm
Create your own disappearing drawings and experiment with surprises in color and light.

Performance: Shadows around the World
Atrium
11am - noon & 3 - 4 pm

Join artist Jim Napolitano from Nappy’s Puppets for a journey around the world to discover shadow puppets in different cultures! Nappy’s Puppets have been featured on the award-winning PBS show Between the Lions.

 Art Activity: Shadow Puppets
Atrium
12 - 3 pm

Will your puppet have jointed legs? What about a head that nods? Design your own shadow puppets. Then try them out behind our shadow screen.

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm
Exhibition tour recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Artists use many tools to make their viewers feel “part of the action.” Discover how, on this trip through the Maritime Art galleries.

Workshop: Puppet Making with Nappy
Art Studios
1 - 2 pm
Recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Find out how master puppeteer Jim Napolitano makes his puppets. Then create and perform with your own!

Tuesday, February 22

Demonstration and Drop-In Art Activity: Eye-Popping Paper Art!
Atrium
10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1 - 3 pm
Book signing 3 – 3:30 pm

Meet Salem author and illustrator Giles Laroche, who creates 3-D illustrations through intricately cut and layered paper. See some of his original work, and try out his techniques. Add your creation to the collaborative 3-D mural.

Drop-In Art Activity: Disappearing Drawings
Atrium
11 am - 3 pm

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
1:30 - 2:30 and 3 - 4 pm
Recommended for children ages 5 and up with adult

Play with symmetry and color as you assemble your own kaleidoscope.

Wednesday, February 23


Demonstration and Drop-In Art Activity: Eye-Popping Paper Art!
Atrium
10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1 - 3 pm
Book signing 3 – 3:30 pm

Story Time: White Is for Blueberry
Bartlett Gallery
10:30 - 11:30 am
Recommended for children ages 2 to 5

What color is a blueberry? What color is a crow? Are you sure? Challenge your ideas about color with White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon.

Drop-In Art Activity: Fractal Pop-ups
Atrium
11 am - 3 pm

Turn a flat sheet of paper into an amazing multiplying staircase and more!

Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm

: How to Create 3-D Photography
Art Studios
1:30 - 2:15 & 3 - 3:45
For children ages 8 and up with adult
Reservations by February 21

Meet Eye Spy featured artist Ron Labbe and learn how he creates his compelling 3-D photographs. Then try it for yourself and leave PEM with your own 3-D print! Digital cameras are available or bring your own with appropriate USB cable.

Thursday, February 24
Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
10-11 am and 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Drop-In Art Activity: Spot the Spots
Atrium
11 am - 3 pm

Ready, set, hide! How good are you at spotting the hidden animals? Create your own camouflaged creatures and test your friends!

Artist Presentation: Animal Defenses - Camouflage and Beyond
Morse Auditorium
11 am - 12 pm and 2 - 3 pm
Book signing noon – 12:30 pm



Meet Darlyne Murawski, nature photographer, biologist and author. Hear about her travels for National Geographic magazine, the amazing world of animal camouflage and taking photographs of everything from rain forest canopies to microscopic diatoms!



Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm




Drop-In Art Activity: Nature’s Pattern Play
Art Studios
2 - 4 pm



Make your own kaleidoscopic photo art with photographer Henry Olds. Learn about reflection and symmetry while working with nature’s rich array of patterns.



Friday, February 25th



Workshop: Kaleidoscopes
Art Studios
10 - 11 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm




Drop-In Art Activity: Spot the Spots
Atrium
11 am - 3 pm


Live Animal Presentation: Camouflaged Creatures of the Seas
Atrium
12 - 1 & 2 - 3 pm (drop in)
1 - 2 pm presentation



Meet some of nature’s masters of disguise and deception with educators from the New England Aquarium.



Motion, Mirrors and More: Perspective Tricks in Art
1 - 1:30 pm




Drop-In Art Activity: Nature’s Pattern Play
Art Studios
2 - 4 pm




Saturday, February 26 & Sunday, February 27
FREE with museum admission



OPENING WEEKEND FESTIVAL: Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection Explore PEM’s newest exhibition through tours, film, art making and our new Saturday Art Series! Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO



SATURDAY



Members-only Gallery Talk: Furniture from the Dutch Golden Age
9am
$15



Loek van Aalst, Dutch furniture expert, leads an in-depth discussion of the Dutch and Flemish furniture in the exhibition. Reservations by February 24.



SATURDAY ART SERIES
10 - 11:30 am
Members $60 for the 3-program series, nonmembers $75 (single programs are not available)
meet at the information desk
For adults and teens age 17 and up
reservations by February 24



The three experts leading our new Saturday Art Series invite you to discover layers of meaning and surprising stories behind the works of art on view in Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.



In the first of the three gallery-based programs, coordinating curator Karina Corrigan leads an introductory exploration of this new exhibition. Using close observation, debate and discussion, explore the practices of painting and patronage in the 17th century. An empire of trade rather than land, the Netherlands’ international maritime strength created and defined Dutch wealth and national pride during one of the greatest artistic and cultural chapters in history. You’ll also look more broadly at the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the role that Asian goods played in Dutch life during the 17th century.



Docent-led Exhibition Tours
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
meet at information desk
Tickets available at admissions desk on day of tour



Studio Saturday: Portraits and Still Life
Atrium
1 - 3 pm
For all ages



Explore portraiture with artist Christopher Mullins as he demonstrates his painting techniques and talks about his interest in the tradition of portraits. Afterward, create a portrait of your companion or collage a contemporary still life. Made possible by American Dental Partners.



FILM: Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Rembrandt
Morse Auditorium
1:30 pm
For adults
Reservations by February 24



Renowned art historian Simon Schama’s film transports viewers to the intense moments when Rembrandt created his greatest works of art. He does this through a combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and his distinctive style of storytelling. 1996, 60 minutes.



PRESENTATION: 17th-Century Dutch Paintings and Furniture
3 - 4:15 pm



Dr. Frederik J. Duparc, guest curator, and Loek van Aalst, Dutch furniture expert, give short talks on the Dutch and Flemish masterworks in the exhibition. Then, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo join the scholars for a lively discussion about the highlights and development of their collection. Reservations by February 24.



SUNDAY



Windmill Adventure
Reservations by February 25



Celebrate the opening of Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection and hear the legend of Katje the Windmill Cat, as told by Gretchen Woelfle, inspired by a true story from the Netherlandsflood of 1421. Investigate windmills in the exhibition and then build your own miniature working windmill!

ONGOING PROGRAMS AT PEM

StoryTrails - New Program!
3rd Sundays
FREE with museum admission
For children ages 5 to 8 with adult
Meet at information desk

Investigate something new in your world every month at PEM! Experience the magic of stories read in the galleries and discover your own creativity by making something special to take home.Made possible by ECHO.

DROP-IN ART ACTIVITIES
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 - 3 pm
Art and Nature Center
FREE with museum admission

Come create! Explore art, nature and more at weekend drop-ins. Pick up a monthly schedule in the Art &; Nature Center.

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