Imagining Moby!

Exhibition ended April 23, 2012

Imagining Moby!, an exhibition of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick” opened  in November 2010.  It included a wide range of works by such notable artists as Rockwell Kent, Leonard Baskin, and Richard Ellis.  Artwork of diverse media were presented – painting, etchings, sculpture, paper cuts, and more.

Imagining Moby! was drawn from the collection of Elizabeth Schultz, scholar, poet, professor emerita at the University of Kansas, and author of “Unpainted to the Last”: Moby-Dick and Twentieth-Century American Art (1995). Dr. Schultz had been collecting art inspired by Moby-Dick for decades. A member of the Melville Society, she donated her collection of twentieth-century paintings, prints, and other graphic works to the museum earlier in the year before the exhibit opened.

Dr. Schultz noted, “the special joy of having the collection at the Whaling Museum is that, along with the Melville Society Cultural Project, I imagine working with many committed groups to develop new ways of using these visual images to present Moby-Dick and the stories of whales to diverse audiences – children and adults, Americans and people from other cultures.”

Imaging Moby! was part of a series of related programs in art, on screen, in the community and on stage to mark the 160th anniversary of Melville’s classic – in partnership with the Zeiterion Performing Art Center, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.