Benton Painting Native Americans

Dinah Cardin

Thomas Hart Benton, The Lost Hunting Ground, 1927-28. From the mural series American Historical Epic, 1920-28. Oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 42 1/8 in. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Bequest of the artist. Photo by Jamison Miller. © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The following is a condensed and edited conversation that took place inside the galleries of PEM’s American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood exhibition Thursday, August 6 with PEM’s Curator of American Art Austen Barron Bailly, Curator of Native American Art Karen Kramer and those who participated in the museum’s summer fellowship program for Native Americans pursuing professional museum studies. The 2015 fellows are: Halena Kapuni-Reynolds, Alex Nahwegabow, Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu and Jordan Dresser. The Benton exhibition closes September 7. Read more

Learning as a PEM Guide

Henry M. Frechette, Jr.

Thomas Hart Benton painting a section of the mural A Social History of the State of Missouri, 1936. Courtesy of Missouri State Archives.

I’m a research guide for PEM. While I don’t have specific art history or a fine arts background, I do like visiting museums and have really enjoyed researching a bibliography for other PEM Guides as they’ve prepared for the exhibition American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood. Read more

“Collecting All Valuable Publications in Every Language”: The Salem East India Marine Society’s Library

George Schwartz

"Remarks on a Voyage to the Marianna Islands"

During the dedication of the “Marine Room” gallery at the Peabody Academy of Science in 1905, Director Edward Sylvester Morse remarked, “A student of history must be the one to properly bring together the records of the East India Marine Society, but on this occasion it is necessary to give an epitome of well-known data.” Over the past year, I spent my workdays in the cozy confines of the Phillips Library’s Reading Room taking up Morse’s challenge, poring through the museum’s substantial institutional archive and other material for my dissertation on the Peabody Essex Museum’s founding organization. The librarians have greeted me every day with great enthusiasm for my project, the first comprehensive work on the East India Marine Society since 1949, retrieving volumes and letters to aid in my endeavor. Read more