Last chAnce: In American Waters Peabody Essex Museum. splendid waves amazing loans. Go!

Today, tomorrow 10/3/2021 final days of exhibit, In American Waters: The Sea in American Paintings, at Peabody Essex Museum.

Don’t be distracted by a simplistic thematic construct especially when it coaxes a mind game of “What about…?” as in: What about this artist or that one? Why aren’t they included? (Visual artists like May Stevens, Vija Celmins, Blanche Lazzell, Juane Quick to see Smith, April Gornik, Joan Nelson, Duncanson, Eric Aho, Morris graves, Rauschenberg, Fischl, Frankenthaler, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Hopper, and Edward Hopper sprang readily to mind. And more Lawrence.) What about the de rigueur annual summer exhibitions at major galleries and institutions, since late 1880s? Aren’t the planet’s oceans a global motif not limited by media or place? Ignore these categories or “chapters”.

Forget the sea change promise.

Just go!

Do make the must see trip to be awed and enjoy the momentous loans and great gift of seeing these selections displayed, together and their many moods of expression. Sensuous, tranquil, volatile, mysterious, distant, abstract–this major group show delivers art that conveys emotion, expressed and experienced.

installation views

C. Ryan May 29, 2021 – stunning installation design, mostly

individual works, no particular order

Animated some to help bring you there:

Museum wall labels – 3d letters, Frederick Douglass quote

Major American lending institutions and private collections including:

Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges partnered with PEM, so naturally most loans were procured from Arkansas.

William Trost Richards; Richard Diebenkorn; Frank Benson; Amy Sherald; Marsden Hartley

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Charles Sheeler; Jan Matulka

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

William Trost Richards

New York, Metropolitan Museum

John Frederick Kensett

Collection of New York City

John Wesley Jarvis

Navy Art Collection

Hughie Lee Smith; Paul Cadmus

American Civil War Museum

Conrad Wise Chapman

Phillips Collection

John Sloan


Stuart Davis; Hughie Lee Smith

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Brooklyn Museum

Rockwell Kent

MoMa Museum of Modern Art

Fletcher Martin

Wadsworth Athenaeum


Cahoon Museum American Art

North Carolina Museum of Art


This show was also billed as one exhibition comprising PEM’s **new** Climate and Environmental Initiative. **Includes iconic American homoerotic art – Cadmus Fleet’s In and Fletcher Martin**

Installation views and museum labels more of a miss

Waters elsewhere on view from the Peabody Essex Museum

Josh Simpson megaplanet glass earth, 1989

Michael C. McMillen detail of The Pequod II

Sea Coco

installation view Rockman exhibit, May 29, 2021, see more here

Alexis Rockman at PEM

If you missed the Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks exhibition at PEM (on view just a month), there’s another chance at Guild Hall June 12 – July 26

installation views/details Alexis Rockman Shipwrecks at PEM May 2021: C. Ryan

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