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"Fortunes Lost and Won: Maine's Maritime History and the War of 1812" by James L. Nelson

The War of 1812 created many fortunes in Maine, and in Portland in particular, through such lucrative trades such as shipbuilding, blockade running, privateering and smuggling. But in the years leading up to the war, fortunes were lost by men such as Hugh McLellan, when trade collapsed under pressure from Great Britain and France. The PMA and Maine Maritime Museum collaborate on this illustrated presentation about the naval War of 1812 in Maine, using works from the Maine Maritime Museum’s collection as examples. Speaker James L.

Curator Talk with Andrew Eschelbacher

Join Andrew Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art, for a lecture on The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America.

Pop Up Studio: Scrimshaw

Following his morning lecture, David Lazarus, artist and scrimshaw carver from Nantucket, will demonstrate scrimshaw techniques and help visitors create their own scrimshaw designs. 

This event is in conjunction with the exhibition The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America.

"The History and Art of the Scrimshaw" by David Lazarus

David Lazarus, artist and scrimshaw carver from Nantucket, gives a talk on the history of scrimshaw carving from Nantucket’s extensive history of carving to modern ecological concerns over the importation of ivory and use of alternative materials. 

$5 general public, free for members
 
This event is in conjunction with the exhibition The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America.

Scholar Weekend Gallery Talk

In this ongoing event, PMA curators invite colleagues from the field of art history to study works in the PMA collection and to discuss key issues of 20th century art.

The guest is Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Curator Talk with Jessica May

Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk about the work of Philip Pearlstein, the realist painter famous for his casual yet powerful figures.

Curator Talk with Jessica May

Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk about the work of Philip Pearlstein, the realist painter famous for his casual yet powerful figures.

Curator Talk with Jessica May

Join Jessica May, Chief Curator, for a talk about the work of Philip Pearlstein, the realist painter famous for his casual yet powerful figures.

What Do You Think? "The Narrows and Fort LaFayette, Ships Coming Into Port" by Samuel Colman

The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.

This time, the painting is The Narrows and Fort LaFayette, Ships Coming Into Port by Samuel Colman. This work in The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America highlights a Civil War fort that was used to hold Confederate prisoners. What does this serene image of a wartime prison, painted just two years after the conflict ended, say to you?

What Do You Think? "Snow Flurry III" by Alexander Calder

The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.

This time, the sculpture is Alexander Calder's Snow Flurry III. Art and physics come together in Calder's mobile-like Snow Flurry sculptures. Spend time studying the perfect balance and aesthetic pleasures of Calder's work and then discuss your impressions with others.