PEM to Host Pop-Up with Strandbeest at Crane Beach
SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will host a series of Strandbeest pop-ups in advance of the museum’s fall exhibition, Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Each of PEM’s four pop-up Strandbeest walking events takes place in the area’s most iconic settings and features two of the Strandbeest kinetic sculptures called Animaris Ordis.
The events will be held as follows:
- Sat. August 22: Strandbeest at Crane Beach, Ipswich (10AM to 12PM)
- Fri. August 28: Strandbeest at Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston (11AM to 1PM)
- Fri. August 28: Srandbeest at Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston (4:30PM to 7PM)
- Thurs. September 10: Strandbeest at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge (3PM to 7PM)
The PEM will present the first major American exhibition of Theo Jansen’s famed kinetic sculptures here in the United States. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen’s Strandbeests (“beach animals”) blur the lines between art, science and storytelling. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The kinetic sculptures are accompanied by artist sketches, facilitated demonstrations of the creatures’ complex ambulatory systems, a hall of “fossils” and photography by Lena Herzog.
The exhibition debuts at PEM from September 19, 2015, through January 3, 2016 before traveling to the Chicago Cultural Center and San Francisco’s Exploratorium. See the Strandbeests in motion at pem.org/strandbeest and join the digital conversation using #strandbeest.
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Where? The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
When? Exhibition runs September 19, 2015, through January 3, 2016
Cost? Admission varies with adults for $18, seniors for $15, and students for $10. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.
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Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen by Lena Herzog (TASCHEN, 2015) is brimming with fold-out pages and informative, expressive notes on Jansen’s process and the evolution of these mysterious works. This 328-page publication features essays by Trevor Smith and Lawrence Weschler. Available in the PEM Shop or online at www.pemshop.com.
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- Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) | Salem, MA | September 19, 2015–January 3, 2016
- Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, IL | February 6–May 1, 2016
- Exploratorium | San Francisco, CA| May 27–September 5, 2016
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Mondriaan Fund provided generous support for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. This exhibition is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Strandbeest is also made possible in part by supporters of PEM’s Present Tense Initiative: Mr. Alfred D. Chandler III and The Reverend Susan Esco Chandler, and Fay Chandler. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.
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THEO JANSEN: The artist first came to prominence in 1980 when he flew a “UFO” across the skies of Delft, Holland. For the past 20 years Jansen has been creating and exhibiting his dramatic, kinetic Strandbeests. He has appeared on multiple TED Talks, been the subject of a New Yorker profile and shown his work in Asia, Europe and now the United States.
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LENA HERZOG: Lena Herzog is a Russian-American photographer. Her work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Harper’s Magazine and Cabinet Magazine. She is the author of several books of photography and her work has been internationally exhibited.
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The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art.
PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 5PM and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission varies with adults for $18, seniors for $15, and students for $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang is $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.