The Art of Seeing Whales opens at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Tuesday, July 1, with public reception

New exhibition to include highlights from the Elizabeth Schultz Collection, the Melville Society Archive, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum invites the public to attend the opening reception for its newest exhibition The Art of Seeing Whales: Highlights from the Elizabeth Schultz Collection, the Melville Society Archive, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The opening will take place on Tuesday, July 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The evening will include a presentation by guest curator Robert K. Wallace, PhD, Joint Melville Society Cultural Project Representative.

The Art of Seeing Whales draws on three unique collections of art and artifacts to visually describe human interaction with whales over time and considers culture, biology and whaling history in artistic representation from the 16th to the 21st century.

From religion to commerce to conservation, people have been connected to these magnificent, mysterious mammals. Artists are often the portals through whom individuals experience the joy, sorrow, and intellectual engagement of this relationship. In this new exhibition, guests can see through the artists’ eyes the evolution of human perspectives on whales and whaling.

Much of the visual art in The Art of Seeing Whales was inspired by the literary art of Herman Melville, a common sailor who shipped out on the maiden voyage of the Acushnet in January 1841, a few months before the Charles W. Morgan made its maiden voyage from New Bedford harbor into the heart of the Pacific.

The Art of Seeing Whales is generously sponsored by the Kenneth T. & Mildred S. Gammons Charitable Foundation. The opening reception is a free event and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the exhibition, visit http://www.whalingmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/art-of-seeing-whales.

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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Summer hours through October: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.