Coming to theaters December 2015, have you seen the new Star Wars trailer? Museums kindle interest with trailers, too, and there’s one in Miami that may go viral.
This week the art scene is all about Art Basel Miami, the annual contemporary art fair juggernaut. With so many international artists, galleries, exhibits and events, it can be difficult to get any coverage at all. The single event the New York Times Magazine featured last weekend to build anticipation for Art Basel Miami was the Peabody Essex Museum prelude for Theo Jansen’s 2015 national tour. The story quickly climbed to the #1 most emailed articles for the NYT magazine. Jansen’s kinetic sculptures are on most media short lists as a must see experience at this year’s Art Basel Miami (e.g. Huffington Post Art Basel to do list)
PEM is featuring Dutch artist Theo Jansen at Art Basel Miami to herald the national museum tour for Strandbeests, managed and debuting at the Peabody Essex Museum in the fall of 2015.
Will there be a chance to marvel at these curiosities in our natural world? Will we encounter a herd at Good Harbor, Wingaersheek, or Singing beaches? I’m not sure. These graceful engineered beings seem a good fit for visiting our shores and inspiring wonder. Does anyone remember the Crane’s Beach dune buggy scene from the 1968 Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway?
PEM ranks in the top 10 largest collections in the country and is growing fast. I’m not sure where the Jansen exhibit will be installed within the museum, but I bet connections will be past, present and future all betwixt and between. I am anticipating and looking forward to the Jansen exhibit calling forth my memories of the dinosaur fossil skeletons and mounted installations. I remember feeling awestruck by the scale of the objects within the spaces and purpose. “That every mariner may possess the History of the World”.
Special congratulations to PEM curator, Trevor Smith, for the Theo Jansen exhibit. On December 5th, he’ll be with Theo Jansen as part of Art Basel Salon discussions. Trevor launched the FreePort contemporary artist commissions at Peabody Essex Museum in 2010. He helped as a juror for the Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge.