Stephen has lived in the world of ocean liners for his entire life,” said Daniel Finamore, PEM’s Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History. “He is extremely knowledgeable about them and has gone to great lengths to track down important works.
Stephen Lash at the exhibition opening. Photo by Kathy Tarantola.
At the opening of this groundbreaking exhibition, PEM announced that Lash has generously promised his entire ocean liner collection to the museum. His donation of more than 1,000 works, which includes posters, paintings and furniture, elevates the museums holdings to an exciting new level.
Among the pieces in the PEM Overseer’s collection, now on view in Ocean Liners, is a Cunard line advertisement of people waving goodbye from the deck of the Berengaria and 24-inch steel letters that spell out OCEAN TERMINAL that once graced the exterior of Berth 102 in Southampton, England. Other pieces include a 1934 sketch by British artist Doris Zinkeisen for a mural on Queen Mary and closet doors from the first-class playroom on Normandie, whimsically painted by French artist Jacqueline Duché.
Piece gifted from Lash being installed in the Atrium. Photo by Bob Packert.
Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director, praised Lash for his “extraordinary generosity.”
“Our maritime art collection, one of the world's best, has just gotten even more spectacular and daring,” she said. “And so have our American, European and design holdings, because Stephen’s approach to collecting ocean-liner material has been so multifaceted and open-minded.”