On Thursday, August 20, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is open late for its monthly evening party series, PEM/PM.
Inspired by our exhibition American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, PEM invites you to an evening celebrating film and Benton’s artistic relationship with the motion picture industry.
Highlights include art making with film negatives, a photo booth equipped to bring out everyone’s inner movie star, a food tasting with popcorn from Salem’s favorite E.W. Hobbs and a cocktail tasting and talk with author and mixologist Warren Bobrow. In the Atrium, find hot Jazz and swing tunes by the Carubia Brass Bands featuring Jim Fryer.
In conjunction with PEM’s summer film series, Benton and the Big Screen, guests can watch the film adaptation of Nathanael West’s critically acclaimed novel about 1930s Hollywood, The Day of the Locust (Rated R, 144 minutes). Film expert Michael Dow will introduce the film and join a discussion following the film with PEM lead interpreter Emily Fry and curator Sarah Chasse.
Members and Salem residents (with ID) FREE | Nonmembers $10 at the door.
Cash bar | Special small plates menu available from the Hawthorne Hotel
PEM’s evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood explores how the motion picture industry influenced and ignited Benton’s creative imagination. Melding Old Master European painting traditions with Hollywood’s cinematic and production techniques, Benton reinvented 20th-century American narratives and captivated the public with his signature brand of visual storytelling. PEM’s exhibition, the first retrospective of Benton’s art in 25 years, gathers more than 100 works, including the artist’s paintings, murals, drawings, prints and illustrated books. The exhibition, which closes Sept. 7, pairs curated clips from Hollywood movies with Benton’s art from the 1920s through the 1960s to take visitors on a journey through America’s myths and into its national character.
Save the Third Thursday for PEM/PM! Next up:
Thursday, September 17 | Release the Beest | 6pm to 11pm
Come and party with the beests! Get a sneak peek of PEM’s newest exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansenand explore its ideas through action, motion and participation.