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Nature’s Nation Opening Day Celebration
February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 well as rare works by such artists as John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Valerie Hegarty, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai), and compels us to reconsider the relationships between art, the environment and ourselves. nSaturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 am–4 pmnAll programs included with admission nADULT WORKSHOPnDrawn to Nature | 10 am–noon | PEM Connect BuildingnSpace limited | Register by February 1 nJoin artist Kyle Browne as she shares techniques for developing skills to connect with nature through drawing. Browne begins the workshop with a guided meditation, followed by instruction on how to create more intentional art. Next create a still-life from provided natural materials, followed by a demonstration of various techniques. nFILMnThrough the Repellent Fence (2017, 74 minutes)n12:30–1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium nThis film follows Postcommodity, an Indigneous arts collective, as they construct Repellent Fence/Valla Repelente, a two-mile long land installation that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2015, Postcommodity worked with communities on both sides of the border to install a series of 26 huge inflatable spheres (one of which is on view in the Nature’s Nation) emblazoned with a “scare eye,” a graphic intended to repel wildlife away from property. The artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and loomed a hundred feet. From this aerial perspective, the “scare eye” is redeployed to “see” connections not boundaries between cultures and land, and served as a symbolic suture stitching back together land and cultures that have inhabited this area long before borders were drawn. Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art, introduces the film. nDROP-IN ART MAKINGnReimagining the World | 1:30–4 pm | Atrium nWorking with images that show human impact on our planet, recreate what you see by drawing and collaging on top of a photo to illustrate your vision of a more sustainable and eco-friendly world. nADULT WORKSHOPnThe Art of Comics: Making Compelling Art about Climate Change | 2–4 pm | PEM Connect BuildingnSpace limited | Register by February 1 | This workshop is not appropriate for children. nCartoonist & poet Madeleine Witt, co-editor of Warmer: A Collection of Comics about Climate Change for the Fearful & Hopeful, leads you in an introduction to creating climate-related comics. Whether you’re an artist, an aspiring cartoonist or none of the above, this workshop offers a helpful introduction to making your own art about climate change. Over two hours, participants learn about the process of making and editing comics, spend time discovering what you find most compelling, terrifying or hopeful, and make a short poetic comic of your own. n Source: http://www.salem.org/event/natures-nation-opening-day-celebration/