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Thu, Aug 01


Cape Cod Museum of Art

Celebrate Herman Melville's 200th Birthday! with a Moby Dick Gallery Talk!

Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears with this in-depth gallery talk by the artist Peter Michael Martin on his exhibition Moby Dick: Inspired Visions, an installation you must experience this summer. Mr. Martin's gallery talk on June 22 drew over 200 people! We welcome him back for a closer look.

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Celebrate Herman Melville's 200th Birthday! with a Moby Dick Gallery Talk!
Celebrate Herman Melville's 200th Birthday! with a Moby Dick Gallery Talk!

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Aug 01, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Ln, Dennis, MA 02638, USA


The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s premier summer exhibition pays homage to both the whaling culture of the Cape and the 200th anniversary of the birth of author Herman Melville.   

The exhibition features twenty-four pieces inspired by the great novel, including works never before exhibited, like a life-size kinetic wall sculpture of a Jonah being consumed by a whale.  Together, the exhibition can be viewed as one large-scale installation. Martin uses a recurring visual vocabulary, with highly contrasting, black-on-white, cut paper or cut Tyvek silhouettes. Other works are made from sailcloth, and one is a grouping of period sailor’s shirts, hanging ghostlike from the rafters. Martin, renowned for his larger-than-life pieces, transforms the museum’s grand Hope / McClennen Gallery– floor to ceiling. Inspired during a chance meeting with a Melville lecturer seven years ago, Martin later learned that one of his ancestor’s was buried at sea after being crushed by a heavy slab of whale blubber while working as a crewman on a whaling ship out of New Bedford at the age of 25.

Martin maintains a gallery in New Bedford and makes his home in Mattapoisett, but he has deep roots on the Cape. He spent twenty-five years as a Special Education Teacher in the Dennis-Yarmouth School System. He officially retired from teaching in 2009 (at that point teaching at Old Roster Regional High School in Mattapoisett) to pursue a full-time career as an artist.

“I am an artist and educator and I am on a journey,” says Martin. “My collection is not about illustrating Melville’s story but about how it made me think. We all gather visual images about places we are going, people we will meet, and stories that we read or hear. With my art I hope to present the viewer with the opportunity to make some of their own personal connections.”

Benton Jones, CCMoA’s Director of Art commented, “As an educator and artist, Peter Michael Martin fully understands the lasting impact artwork can have when used effectively to convey a narrative. Each work tells a piece of the story, collectively outlining the larger picture.”

Generously sponsored by Wequasset Resort and Golf Club, Moby Dick: Inspired Visions will be on exhibition from June 14 through August 25, 2019. For more information, Click HERE >>


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