Fan, 1890-1910, United States.
On view October 1, 2005 to December 3, 2006
Located in the: Art & Nature Center
Owls have long held a fascination for people, whether as symbols of good or evil, of wisdom, or harbingers of doom. Through a selection of works of art and interactive stations, a new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) explores the myriad connections between people and owls and why owls look and behave the way they do. Jane Winchell, Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of PEM’s Art & Nature Center, is the curator of this exhibition. Owls in Art and Nature runs from Oct. 1, 2005, to Dec. 3, 2006, in the museum’s Art & Nature Center.
This rich and multi-faceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, video, and decorative art. Works by 16 contemporary Massachusetts artists are included. Among them are Beverly Seamans, whose marble sculptureconveys the grandeur of the snowy owl; Larimer Richards, whose video installation explores an owl’s night vision; and Sachiko Akiyama, whose sculpture Passage evokes owls’ mystery as well as their frequent role as onlookers. In addition, eight new, original works created for this exhibition will be displayed, as well as objects from the museum’s collections of Native American, Contemporary Indian, and American Decorative art, such as a Tlingit owl amulet and an owl fan.
Complementing the works on display are interactive stations that elaborate on themes such as owls in popular culture, the life cycle, and unique characteristics. These include a “Draw an Owl” art station inspired by the sketches of Clare Walker Leslie, a “Hoot Box” listening station featuring owl hoots and owl-inspired music selections, and an “Owl Survival” ball game by Charbanova.
Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!
Included with museum admission
Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!
The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?
COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum
Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.
1-3 pm, | outside the museum
Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
1-4 pm | Atrium
Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.