Lowell Lecture

Turner & The Sea: Opening Day Celebration

Date & Time

May 31, 2014


Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St. Salem , MA 01970
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Christine Riding, senior curator and head of arts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England Daniel Finamore, Peabody Essex Museum's Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art Handel and Haydn Society, Boston

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum


The Arts

Come celebrate the artistic genius of J.M.W. Turner with a film, talk with the curators, watercolor demonstration and performance by the Handel and Haydn Society.

11:30am -12 pm: Film: J.M.W. Turner This documentary chronicles the rise of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Narrated by Jeremy Irons. 2008, 30 minutes, produced by National Gallery of Art.

Noon-4 pm: Artist Demonstration with Hands-on Art-Making Watercolor demonstration by Christopher Pullman, who looks to the seashore, the houses of Cape Ann and the marine railways of Gloucester for inspiration. Grab a paintbrush and try your hand at capturing light, color and atmosphere like the master in the gallery.

1-2 pm: Curators Presentation: Rediscovering Turner Christine Riding, senior curator and head of arts at the National Maritime Museum, discusses the vision behind the exhibition and how the process of organizing it generated new insights into Turner's work. Following her presentation Daniel Finamore, PEM's Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art, joins in a conversation about the wider impact of Turner upon marine painting.

3-4 pm: Handel and Haydn Society Concert Hear what was happening musically in the early 19th century, Turner's time-period, as the renowned Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus perform stunning works by Mendelssohn, Haydn and British composers working at the same time as J.M.W. Turner. The Boston ensemble provides audiences the opportunity to hear the unique textures and dynamics of period instruments and voices. Join us for this intimate and gratifying musical experience.

Reservations are Required for the film, lecture and concert.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute