While this is a relatively small exhibit with only 17 pieces of furniture on view, the curators have been able to flesh the show out with portraits, prints, clothing, and other period pieces, as well as the centerpieces of the show which are the record books which were recently discovered and led to important new scholarship about these great pieces of furniture.
In addition there are two interactive, up-to-date media stations where you can really get a more encompassing sense of these pieces of furniture, how they were made, and why they are so important. And at many of the displays there are things you are encouraged to touch and discover for yourselves.
As usual, PEM has done a spectacular job of merging art and culture so that one can really understand what you are seeing. When I say "as usual" that might sound almost boring, but it is akin to watching a great golfer hit shot after perfect shot -- we have come to expect the spectacular, the extraordinary, the perfect from the curators and exhibition staff at PEM and they deliver yet again.
Here is a link to an article in the New York Times about this show. Their writer definitely tells the story better than I can, so you should definitely read it: New York Times Article
While the following are some photos I was able to take, you really must go see this exhibit. I know you will take away so much by seeing it in person.
On view November 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 -- Don't miss it!
Discussing the connections that make this exhibit so interesting.
These three small pieces showing life in Salem at very early dates are amazing in their own right. There is detailed information about them below.
|View of the House and Farm of the Hon. Benjamin Pickman, c 1765|
|View of School St. (now Washington St.) in Salem prior to the Revolutionary War|
|Benjamin Pickman House at 165 Essex St.|