Sunday, August 11, 2013

PEM Events for September & October

October and the months leading up to it are always busy and filled with things to do here in Salem, and the Peabody Essex Museum is one of the many places offering a number of exciting events. If you're looking to plan ahead, here is PEM's calendar for September and October 2013.
Remember, if you're planning to visit Salem and you still haven't booked your stay, you can reserve a room with us by calling 978-744-4080, or by visiting our online reservation system here.
I hope to see you here, or there!


PLEASE NOTE: Information is current as of August 1, 2013. All programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Images available upon request. To make a program reservation, please visit or call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011


Saturday, September 7 | 1–3 pm | Atrium

Studio Discovery: Paper Pulp Sculptures

Join an artist from the Boston Paper Collective as she shows how to transform a piece of paper into a new 3-D work of art. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Sunday, September 8 | 2–3 pm | Meet at information desk
Story Trails: Moose on the Loose | For children ages 5 to 8 with adult | Tickets on day of program

Find out what happens when we read This Moose Belongs to Me, then create a painting inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations.

Friday, September 13 | 7:45–9 pm | Morse Auditorium

Presentation: Hummingbirds, Magic in the Air

Expert birder Gina Nichol shares vivid photographs of hummingbirds from the United States, Costa Rica and Ecuador, telling the stories of how these birds survive in diverse habitats. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. A business meeting of the E.C.O.C. is held from 7:30–7:45 pm. 

Saturday, September 21 | 1– 2 pm | Morse Auditorium

Presentation: Samuel McIntire and the Art of Furniture Carving in Salem | Reservations by September 18

Dean Lahikainen, PEM's Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, explores Samuel McIntire’s extraordinary career in relation to his work as an architect and interior designer. Held in conjunction with the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Initiative (

Thursday, September 26 | 6:30–9:30 pm | Atrium

PEM/PM Party

80 Days: A Steampunk Celebration | Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door

Get ready for some pseudo-time-traveling, what-if wanderings, and speculative festivities as we celebrate PEM’s round-the-world art collection with steampunk revelry. Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that offers a Victorian take of what the future might look like. Wear your favorite steampunk fashion, enjoy musical performances, try your hand at creating your own steampunk art and much more. All exhibitions will be open for viewing. Museum shop open; cash bar; snacks are available for purchase. Note: A $5 admission charge will apply to tour Fabergé Revealed.

Friday, September 27 | noon | Meet at information desk

Public Gallery Talk: Russian Spoken Here | Reservations by September 26

For members of our Russian-speaking community, PEM staff member Victoria Glazomitsky offers a tour in Russian of Fabergé Revealed: From the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Glazomitsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and first encountered Fabergé’s work during visits to The State Hermitage Museum.

Friday, September 27 | 8 pm | East India Marine Hall

Concert: Boston Artists Ensemble | Members $24, nonmembers $27, students $10

Celebrate the beginning of a new Boston Artists Ensemble season in a program of three unique and fascinating works with pianist Randall Hodgkinson, violinist Sharan Leventhal, violist Lila Brown and cellist Jonathan Miller. Listen to Judith Weir Piano Trio; Turina Piano Quartet in A minor, Opus 67; and Beethoven Trio in B flat, Opus 97, Archduke. For individual tickets, call 978-542-1511. For series tickets, call 617-964-6553. Tickets also available at the door.

Saturday, September 28 | 10 am–4 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Workshop: Introduction to Simple Jewelry Making Techniques | Members $65, nonmembers $75 (includes lunch and supplies) | Reservations by September 20

Award-winning master faceter Jill Rowlands Moffitt offers this special workshop for novices to experienced enthusiasts.



Friday, October 4 | 5–8 pm

The Big Draw

All over the world people gather every October to doodle, sketch, think and share at Big Draw events now held in 20 countries. This year PEM joins the internationally acclaimed campaign, celebrated for its ambitious reach and simple goal: To get everyone drawing.

Come create your own sketchbook, discover the meditative benefits of zentangle or leave your mark on the world in sidewalk paint. Grab a crayon and your imagination and please remember everyone can draw if given the chance. All events made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Drop-In Art Making: Sidewalk Painting | 5–7 pm | Outside PEM's main entrance

Sure you’ve used sidewalk chalk, but have you ever seen sidewalk paint? Try our special recipe and get ready to paint the town!

Drop-In Art Making: Game for Anything | 5–7:30 pm | Atrium

Step right up and spin the wheel to take part in this collaborative art piece. A local artist constructed this game-like art experience to explore new ways to draw, paint and create.

Drop-In Art Making: In the Round, On the Ground | 5–8 pm | Atrium

Create your own large circular drawing using your entire body, some crayons and a surprise household object.

Performance: Pictures Come to Life | 6:30–7 pm | Atrium

Illustrator Jeff Hopkins creates an original story inspired by PEM’s collection and then invites the audience to color in his larger-than-life pictures.

Saturday, October 5 | 10 am–4 pm

The Big Draw (continues)

Drop-In Art Making: Sidewalk Painting | 10 am–1 pm | Outside PEM's main entrance

Sure you’ve used sidewalk chalk, but have you ever seen sidewalk paint? Try our special recipe and get ready to paint the town!

Drop-In Art Making: Sketchbook Making Station | 10 am–3 pm | Atrium

Start the day by making your own sketchbook. We have a selection of fun papers to use. The first 100 people to check in get a special drawing kit to take home!

Drop-In Art Making: LightBomber Photo Booth | 10 am–4 pm | Atrium

Come try this one-of-a kind photo booth that gives users the chance to experiment with light painting.

Drop-In Art Making: Fingertip Detectives | 11 am–1 pm | Bartlett Gallery
Solve the identity of unknown objects by drawing what you feel inside our mystery bags, or sketch objects from our natural history collection without being able to see your paper.

Drop-In Art Making: In the Round, On the Ground | 11 am–4 pm | Atrium

Create your own large circular drawing using your entire body, some crayons and a surprise household object.

Performance: Pictures Come to Life | 11:30 am–noon and 2–2:30pm | Atrium

Film: The BFG | 1– 2:30pm | Morse Auditorium | For families with children 6 and up

Sir Quentin Blake, one of the Big Draw's biggest patrons, is a British illustrator best known for his work with writer Roald Dahl. In this film, see how drawing and animation can be used to tell a story. 1989. 88 minutes.

Studio Discovery:Zentangle | 1:30–4 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Practitioners say the art form increases focus, provides creative satisfaction and an increased sense of well-being.

Saturday, October 5 | 10 am–noon | Peirce-Nichols House (80 Federal St., Salem) | Reservations by October 3

Walking Tour: Furniture in Context: Furnishing Salem’s Federal Period Homes | Members $15, nonmembers $25

Dean Lahikainen, PEM's Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, reviews the furniture selections for the restorations of PEM’s Peirce-Nichols and Gardner-Pingree houses. Participants will meet at the Peirce-Nichols House and then walk to the Gardner-Pingree House (128 Essex St.) Please wear comfortable shoes. Held in conjunction with the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Initiative (

Sunday, October 6 | 2–3 pm | Meet at information desk

Story Trails: Maxed Out! | For children 5 to 8 with adult | Tickets available on day of program

Be inspired to draw outside the lines with Art & Max by David Wiesner. Made possible by Target

Thursday, October 17 | 6:30–9:30 pm

PEM/PM Party: Kung Fu Fighting | Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door

Enjoy a live performance by The Devil Music Ensemble as they play their original score for one of the only remaining feature length martial arts film from China’s silent era: Red Heroine. The film was made at the height of the martial arts craze in 1920s Shanghai, and is a lively tale about the rise of a woman warrior that features the genre’s then-characteristic blend of pulp and mystical derring-do. See a Kung Fu demonstration and learn about its history, try your hand at art making, join in a game and much more! The entire museum is open. Museum Shop open; cash bar, with snacks available for purchase.

Saturday, October 19 | 10 am–4 pm

Opening Day Festival: Creative Nature

Come take a walk on the wild side of art as we celebrate the opening of the redesigned Art & Nature Center! Meet participating artists from Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations, learn to dance like a bird, contribute to our collaborative environmental rangoli and more!

Drop-In Art Making: Paws-On Painting | 10 am–12:30 pm | Create Space 2

How would you paint if you had a trunk or claws instead of hands? Try our animal-inspired painting tools and make your mark!

Drop-In Art Making: Natural Patterns | 10:30 am–4 pm | Atrium

Join environmental artist Gowri Savoor to create a collaborative rangoli masterpiece of natural materials. Come back throughout the day to watch the pattern emerge and evolve! 

Artist Demonstration: Painting with Cockroaches | 10:30 am–12:30 pm | Atrium

Beyond Human artist Steven Kutcher demonstrates how he uses live hissing cockroaches to create collaborative artwork.

Story Time: Elephants Can Paint Too! | 10:30–11 am | For children ages 4 and up with adult | Meet at information desk

Do elephants learn to paint the same way as kids? What tools do they use? Find out as we read Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold and look at paintings made by elephants on display in Beyond Human

Performance: A Passion for Birds | 11–11:45 am and 1:15–2 pm | Atrium

Artist Henry Lappen studied numerous birds to create the masks and movements that form his dance. Learn how to strike a pose like a sea gull or soar like an eagle in this participatory, comic performance!

Drop-In Art Making: Art of the Hive | Noon–3 pm | Create Space 1

Meet beekeeper Barbara Milhender and find out more about the tools and techniques for working with bees. Then create your own beeswax artwork to take home.

Artist Presentation: Elephants as Artists | 1–1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium | Recommended for preteens through adults

Beyond Human artist Alex Melamid, co-founder of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project, and the project’s director David Ferris discuss their groundbreaking work with Asian elephants throughout Southeast Asia.

Performance: Go, Dog, Go! | 2–2:45 pm | Bartlett Gallery

Watch the dogs of Operation Canine go through their paces! These highly intelligent dogs work in close collaboration with their human partners.
Drop-In Art Making: Stackable Stones | 2–4 pm | Create Space 2

Work with environmental artist Kyle Browne to create one-of-a-kind balanced sculpture of stones and other natural materials collected around the North Shore.

Artist Performance: Musical Collaboration With a Dog Named Tom | 2:30–2:45 pm, performance and 2:45–3:15 pm, demonstration | Morse Auditorium

Tickets available on day of program | Recommended for children ages 8 and up

Beyond Human artist Julie Andreyev performs a site-specific composition on an instrument known as a scratch theremin, creating a collaborative piece with projection video and recordings made with her dog, Tom. Made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Artist Presentation: Bugs in the Movies | 3:30–4:15 pm | Morse Auditorium | Tickets available on day of program

Artist Steven Kutcher works as a bug wrangler for television, commercials and movies, including Spiderman, Matilda and We Bought a Zoo. Enjoy his behind-the-scenes stories about working with insects on camera


Select Saturdays | 11 am–1 pm

Gallery Spot: World Atlas

Head to the Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery on the Ground Level in September and October to meet a museum educator and take a closer look at a 1647 paper atlas on view in Golden Light, Selections from the Van Otterloo Collection. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturdays and Sundays | 1–3 pm

Drop-In Art Making

Weekend drop-in activities resume October 19 with the reopening of the Art & Nature Center. Made possible by the American Dental Partners.

Saturdays and Sundays | 1–3 pm | Ask for cart's location at information desk

Art Investigations

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Wednesdays | 10:30 am

PEM Pals | For caregivers and children up to age 5 | Meet at information desk

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on

activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

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