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Calder at the PEM - Another East Coast Exclusive

Calder. Blue Feather, c. 1948. at the Peabody Essex Museum

The work of Alexander Calder is amazing. In a world where sculptures were statues, he crafted  abstract art made of movement and shadow and color. He balanced light and dark with innovation.  He created the mobile and the stabile (a term, I admit, I learned today). Like stalagmites and stalactites grow up and down from cave walls, the mobiles of Alexander Calder hang from above, and the stabiles stand strong from a base below. 

Yet again we are privileged to have an exhibition of unique and incredible work in Salem at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Like Turner at the Sea, the PEM is the only East Coast venue for Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

The remarkable exhibit features 40 sculptures by Calder, who was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century.  Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic opens on Saturday, September 6 with a celebration that will include panel discussions, art making, gallery tours, and films, and will be on exhibit through January 4, 2015.

This is a magical exhibition that will appeal to all ages.  Do not miss this rare opportunity to see the light shift and shadows move around Calder's amazing work. Learn more at

 Alexander Calder, La Demoiselle, 1939.  Glenstone. © Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Posted by Kate on 09/04 at 05:34 PM Permalink

Visitor Questionnaire (Volume II)

This is the second installment of our Visitor Questionnaire. If you would like your answers featured on our blog, click here for the questionnaire!

Corrin and Josh at the Hawthorne Hotel, and in one of their caricatures

Name: Corinn

Hailing from: Scarsdale, NY

How many times have you visited Salem: 9. This October will be 10!

Why did you originally visit Salem? Haunted Happenings and the Witch Trials

What draws you back? That old historic, small town feel.

What is your favorite season in Salem? Halloween. I do believe you consider it your 5th season.

What is the funniest thing you have seen in Salem? Costumes! One in particular that always comes to mind: 6 guys dressed up as a Corona six-pack of beer! It must have taken months to build.

Is there one thing you do on every visit? Who can do just one? Red's Coffee House, Capt's, The House of the Seven Gables, and the Witch House.

Do you have a favorite Salem souvenir?  A new t-shirt each year from Witch T's AND we cannot leave unless we get our caricature done by one of the Essex Street vendors named Josh. We have 7!

Salem has changed a lot over the years…

What is your favorite change? Tons of new trendy restaurants that stay open late.

What is not longer here that you miss most? The infamous Molly Stewart from Spellbound Tours.

Posted by Kate on 09/02 at 11:46 AM Permalink