PHOTOS: SS United States artifacts at the Peabody Essex Museum
Conservancy Advisory Council member Michael Harrison visited the PEM's 'Ocean Liners' exhibit and shared these terrific images with us.
'Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style' is running at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through October 9th. As the museum's website describes:
From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, ocean liners were floating showcases of technology, opulence and social sophistication. As icons of modernity and aspirational living, artists, engineers, architects and passengers all vied for influence and access in the creation and enjoyment of these man-made islands at sea.
Ocean liners were intricately constructed pieces of culture — in the appearance of their design, the elegance of their engineering and the division of their social space — and each with its own distinct personality. Drawing from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together nearly 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film. The exhibition is co-organized with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Each one of these artifacts has a story behind it-- stay tuned to the Blue Riband Blog for the more tales from the Big U! Many thanks to Michael Harrison for providing these photos.