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Gallery Talk: "Nineteenth Century America: The Way Life Used to Be"

Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.

Gallery Talk: "Nineteenth Century America: The Way Life Used to Be"

Join PMA Docent Ted Connelly on a trip back in time, as he walks you through the galleries and focuses on work that provides a glimpse into what life was like in the 19th century.

Gallery Talk: "How We View Art"

Join PMA Docent Tom Leonhardt as he guides you through the galleries and discusses the ways that people engage with the art.

Gallery Talk with Ted Connelly

Join Ted Connelly on a tour through the works of Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection, which features the most significant private collection of British art in the United States. Spanning six centuries, this exhibition presents 50 masterpieces from this collection in a variety of subjects, styles, and eras. It is truly one of the most unique private collections in the world.

"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.

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

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

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.