Raising the Queen Elizabeth

Dinah Cardin

A model of the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth has sat serenely for the last 15 years, gliding along on its pedestal in a PEM gallery. The 2,700 pound object experienced a dramatic disruption in early April as a crew made up of about two dozen PEM staff began the arduous process of moving her to an upper floor gallery be part of the exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed, Glamour, and Style. Read more

Asian Gardens at the Phillips Library

Artificial Garden at Japanese Villa

Japanese garden with hillock and trees

Hand colored illustrations of Japanese villa gardens, late nineteenth century (3)

Recently, the Phillips Library had the pleasure of finding beautiful pictures of Asian gardens to display for a group visit. Natural history and Asian art are strengths of the PEM and Phillips Library, so we were able to pull an interesting selection of items. Before these images are put back into the vault, we simply had to share them with the world. The images that were selected here are from Chinese and Japanese gardens.

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In Defense of Arts Funding

Dinah Cardin

“Each day, 4.8 million Americans go to work in Arts and Culture industries. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Arts contributed $730 billion to our GDP—which is larger than Construction, Transportation, and Travel & Tourism.” – AmericansForTheArts.org

Cultural institutions across the country are reeling from news that the White House plans to slash or eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The arts play a critical role in today’s economy and also support the rising creative and innovation-based economy. Read more