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Peabody Essex Museum

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161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
978-745-9500 http://pem.org/

One of the nation's largest museums, PEM features art and culture from New England and around the world.

Past Events

December 2018

Thursday, Dec 13
Running AMOC with Matthew Aucoin
8:00 pm

The American Modern Opera Company, led by Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, is the artistic home for the most exciting singers, dancers and instrumentalists of…

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February 2019

Saturday, Feb 2
Nature’s Nation Opening Day Celebration
10:00 am

Join the Peabody Essex Museum to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition ‘Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment’. The exhibition includes iconic masterpieces as…

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Saturday, Feb 9
Fashion, Power and Identity
6:30 pm

Fashion, Power and Identity Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 10:15 pm Peabody Essex Museum Atrium Popcorn bar included l Cash Bar I Desserts…

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Saturday, Feb 16
Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Pig
10:00 am

Join the Peabody Essex Museum for music, art making and other traditions, including colorful lion dances performed by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance…

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Monday, Feb 18
Interconnected: School Vacation Week at PEM
10:00 am

Come join the Peabody Essex Museum for a week of exploration into our relationship with nature and discover new ways to become a steward of…

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Wednesday, Feb 20
Whose Trash is This?
1:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Black heroes saving the planet with our environment-themed vacation week workshop Whose Trash Is This? This fun, family-friendly event will…

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Friday, Feb 22
Interconnected: Dance Party with DJ Cavem Moetavation
5:00 pm

5–7 pm | Atrium FREE and open to the public This family-friendly vegan rapper is the O.G. of EcoHipHop. Dance into the night while Denver-based…

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March 2019

Saturday, Mar 9
The Pod: Opening Day Celebration
10:00 am

Feed your curiosity and help the Peabody Essex Museum celebrate the opening of our redesigned Art & Nature Center space. Discover installations, art and creative…

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Thursday, Mar 21
Film Series and Climate Cafe: Racing Extinction
6:30 pm

Inspired by the environmental awareness in American art as seen in the ‘Nature’s Nation’ exhibition, the Peabody Essex Museum and Mass Audubon have teamed up…

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Saturday, Mar 30
“Camouflage: Vietnamese Brush Strokes with History” Film Screening
10:20 am

Multiple generations of artists from Hanoi, many of them anti-American resistance fighters, have documented a little known side of the aftermath of America’s war in…

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Saturday, Mar 30
“The End of Fear” Film Screening
1:00 pm

Barnett Newman’s trailblazing abstract expressionist painting, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III, has been controversial since it burst onto the art scene in 1967, raising…

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Saturday, Mar 30
“Free Men” Film Screening
3:10 pm

Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. At age 18, Reams was convicted for capital murder…

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Sunday, Mar 31
“Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul” Film Screening
10:30 am

Few know the compelling story of a lost generation of brilliant Ethiopian musicians whose unique sounds blended african and Western genres and influenced jazz and…

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Sunday, Mar 31
“China Love” Film Screening
12:30 pm

Take a billion-dollar fantasy ride exploring contemporary China. CHINA LOVE follows Chinese and Australian participants as they navigate love, weddings and family in the lead up to…

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Sunday, Mar 31
“The Silver Branch” Film Screening
3:00 pm

Irish philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack lives in harmony with the natural world. He becomes a reluctant fighter when the fate of this…

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April 2019

Saturday, Apr 6
Colours of Her Heart
7:30 pm

What do women across the world share as experiences? In Colours of Her Heart, Mallika Sarabhai — dancer, activist, choreographer, columnist and speaker; and Samia…

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Saturday, Apr 13
Sustainable Fashion Day
10:00 am

From water pollution to toxic chemical use and textile waste, the growth in the fashion industry has come at a huge cost to the environment….

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Saturday, Apr 13
Artopia: After-Hours Party
8:00 pm

Artopia is back! Join us to celebrate art and dance to the funky sounds of Boston’s The Glitter Boys while enjoying creative cocktails and light…

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Saturday, Apr 20
Wes Sam-Bruce’s Earth Day Celebration
11:00 am

11 am–3 pm | The Axelrod Walkway, just outside the Peabody Essex Museum’s main entrance Join in a variety of hands-on activities in Wes Sam-Bruce’s…

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Saturday, Apr 27
Mandala Stones Drop-in Art Making at the PEM
11:00 am

Join us for a special ArtWeek event! Meet artist Valerie Jaros, owner of StoneSpirations, and create an art rock. Jaros collects beach stones from the…

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Saturday, Apr 27
The Ghosting of America’s Past
1:00 pm

Join us to consider how a history of America’s past affects the present and the future. Panelists include ‘Nature’s Nation’ artists Valerie Hegarty and Cannupa…

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May 2019

Saturday, May 11
Opening Day Celebration: A Passion for American Art
10:00 am

Join the Peabody Essex Museum for art making, conversations with curators and more as we celebrate the spectacular Lynch collection – honoring the artistic creativity,…

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June 2019

Saturday, Jun 1
Pride Party at PEM
7:00 pm

Join the Peabody Essex Museum to kick off Pride Month with the legendary Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters and host of Dance Devotion on…

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Saturday, Jun 22
Solstice Saturday
11:00 am

Included with admission to the Peabody Essex Museum. Celebrate the summer solstice, a time of great momentum in the natural world, as well as the…

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Saturday, Jun 29
Abilities Dance Boston
7:30 pm

Abilities Dance Boston presents an evening of movement pieces that highlight its mission to break down barriers and drive the value of inclusion through dance….

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July 2019

Saturday, Jul 13
In Conversation with Olivia Parker
11:00 am

Enjoy this unique opportunity to hear celebrated photographer Olivia Parker discuss her extensive career. Led by PEM Assistant Curator Virginia Myhaver, the conversation will explore…

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Saturday, Jul 27
PEM Summer Block Party
3:00 pm

Everyone’s favorite outdoor party is back for the third summer in a row! Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a beer garden! Be sure to…

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August 2019

Saturday, Aug 3
Biomimetic Origami
1:00 pm

SPECIAL DROP-IN ART MAKING Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4 1–3 pm | Peabody Essex Museum | Create Space Studio 1 Join master origami…

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Saturday, Aug 10
PEM Pals Summer Garden Party & StoryWalk
10:30 am

Join us on a StoryWalk around the garden with the Salem Public Library! Enjoy artmaking, hands-on garden activities, and healthy snacks during this special extended…

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September 2019

Friday, Sep 13
The Art of Taste
7:00 pm

Join Siddhartha V. Shah, PEM’s Curator of Indian and South Asian Art, in conversation with author and television personality Ted Allen (Queer Eye and Chopped)…

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Monday, Sep 16
Anchor Drop at the Peabody Essex Museum
2:00 pm

In coordination with the opening of its new wing, the Peabody Essex Museum invites the public to join Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and the museum’s…

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Saturday, Sep 28
Ribbon Cutting and Public Opening – Peabody Essex Museum’s New Wing
10:00 am

Join PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO, Brian Kennedy; State Senator, Joan B. Lovely; State Representative, Paul F. Tucker; and Salem Mayor,…

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Saturday, Sep 28
Move with Laura Kathrein & Friends at the Peabody Essex Museum
11:00 am

Join us as we celebrate the official opening of PEM’s new wing, garden and 13 new galleries and exhibitions. Watch or join in as featured…

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Sunday, Sep 29
Public Opening of Peabody Essex Museum’s New Wing
10:00 am

PEM’s public opening continues. Tour the new wing, enjoy live music and performances throughout the day. General admission is free. Learn more here.

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November 2019

Friday, Nov 1
The Evolution of Beauty
7:45 pm

Drawing from his award-winning and provocative book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us, Yale…

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Friday, Nov 8
Community Sewing Circle with Seneca Artist Marie Watt
3:00 pm

Friday, November 8 | 3–7 pm | Peabody Essex Museum Connect Building, 135 Essex Street Saturday, November 9 | 11 am–2 pm | Peabody Essex…

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Friday, Nov 8
Dracula Live with Michael Riesman
8:00 pm

The spine-tingling Dracula film score by Philip Glass comes to life on the anniversary of author Bram Stoker’s birthday. Acclaimed musician and frequent Glass collaborator…

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Sunday, Nov 10
Discover Hofmann through Aura Photography
11:00 am

With your personal aura as a guide, explore the “mystic realm of color” in ‘Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction’. Pose for your unique aura…

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Saturday, Nov 23
Artists in Conversation: Hans Hofmann in New England
3:00 pm

Join this panel of artists as they explore the lasting legacy of Hans Hoffman, their connection to him, and the ways in which his teaching…

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December 2019

Saturday, Dec 7
New Earth Ceremony with Tattfoo Tan
12:00 pm

Join guest artist Tattfoo Tan as he guides participants through the meaning of an Earth altar and its elements before building an altar based on…

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Saturday, Dec 14
Phantasmagoria with Hub New Music
7:30 pm

Paintings by artist Hans Hofmann serve as the muse for this program of evocative, hyper-emotional and sometimes surreal musical works. Composer Michael Ippolito’s Capriccio, a new…

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January 2020

Saturday, Jan 18
Free Admission During Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at The Peabody Essex Museum

PEM offers FREE admission during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to celebrate the opening of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, Saturday, January 18, through Monday,…

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