Exhibitions

Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style

Graphic by Julie Diewald/PEM.

Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style

On view May 20, 2017 to October 9, 2017

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, ocean liners were floating showcases of technology, opulence and social sophistication. As icons of modernity and aspirational living, artists, engineers, architects and passengers all vied for influence and access in the creation and enjoyment of these man-made islands at sea.

Ocean liners were intricately constructed pieces of culture — in the appearance of their design, the elegance of their engineering and the division of their social space — and each with its own distinct personality. Drawing from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together nearly 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film. The exhibition is co-organized with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fiduciary Trust Company is the lead sponsor and Eaton Vance Management is a major sponsor. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.

FIDUCIARY

EATONVANCE        NEA

Media Partners: Art New England and WXRV

ANE      

  WXRV


Images

Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style

Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style

Graphic by Julie Diewald/PEM.

 Maison Goyard, Paris, luggage owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, about 1940s, coated and painted canvas, leather, brass, and wood.

Maison Goyard, Paris, luggage owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, about 1940s, coated and painted canvas, leather, brass, and wood.

Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Luke Abiol.

Jenny Sacerdote (Jeanne-Adèle Bernard) for Jenny of Paris, dress, about 1926, silk, gold lamé, and glass beading.

Jenny Sacerdote (Jeanne-Adèle Bernard) for Jenny of Paris, dress, about 1926, silk, gold lamé, and glass beading.

Gift of Mrs. Sanford S. Clark, 1971, 132655. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

‘Cunard Line USA’ poster featuring Berengaria, about 1925.

‘Cunard Line USA’ poster featuring Berengaria, about 1925.

Color lithograph. Collection of Stephen S. Lash. Courtesy of Cunard. Photo by Stephen Petegorsky.

Artists in Germany, waterline model of Bremen, about 1931–33, wood and metal.

Artists in Germany, waterline model of Bremen, about 1931–33, wood and metal.

Gift of Leon Lawrence Sidell, 1969, M13662. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

Kenneth Shoesmith, Cunard Line Europe - America, 1929, color lithograph.

Kenneth Shoesmith, Cunard Line Europe - America, 1929, color lithograph.

Gift of the estate of Francis B. C. Bradlee, 1928, M11215. Peabody Essex Museum. Courtesy of Cunard. Photo by Bob Packert.

Related Events

Members-Only Gallery Talk - SOLD OUT ›
Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 9am
Reservations by May 26

Members $15

Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History and exhibition co-curator, leads this tour before the museum opens to the public.

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 9am
Reservations by June 23

Members $15

Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History and exhibition co-curator, leads this tour before the museum opens to the public.

Ocean Liners Film Series: Reaching for the Moon (1930) ›
Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:30pm - 9pm

Free | Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Introduction and Q&A with Michelle Tolini Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

There is drama on the horizon for Larry Day, a novice to love, when he follows Vivian Benton onboard an ocean liner. Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bebe Daniels and Edward Everett Horton. 

 

Also films screening on July 27 (The Big Broadcast of 1938) and August 3 (An Affair to Remember). 

Further Reading