My local and one of my favorite maritime museums, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, has recently launched a new blog which you should check out. You’ll find lots of great behind the scenes information including a post titled The Birth of an Exhibit: “Classic Whaling Prints” about an exhibit that opens tomorrow.
“Classic Whaling Prints” opens at the Whaling Museum on February 27, 2009, and runs through the end of the year. The exhibition, organized and written by Dr. Stuart M. Frank, traces the most important and most influential pictorial images of whaling through four centuries, from one highlight to the next. It also runs some of their origins to ground by showing, along with the prints themselves, the original oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings on which the prints are based, and some of the decorative arts, ceramics, and scrimshaw that, in turn, are based on the prints.
First and foremost, if you can get to the Whaling Museum, do so it’s one of America’s most important maritime cultural institutions. If you can’t, make sure you visit their blog regularly because it’s an exciting new digital initiative that appears to be charting a proper course.
New Bedford Standard Times article (Feb. 26, 2009) Whaling Museum opens print exhibit
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