CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
Artists were invited to the Artists’ Sneak Preview of A Spectacle in Motion
Wednesday, May 2
6 pm – 7 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Free and open to the public
The New Bedford Whaling Museum held a sneak preview of A Spectacle in Motion for artists on May 2, 2018 from 6 pm to 7 pm. A Spectacle in Motion is an upcoming exhibition that will premiere a never-before-seen digital facsimile of the longest painting in America – the 1,275-foot-long Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.
The advanced screening for artists was intended to inspire attendees as part of a call for artistic interpretations of all mediums to be performed/exhibited alongside the exhibition throughout the summer of 2018. The exhibition will include a theatrical replication of the panorama in its original format – as a moving Panorama on stage – complete with contextual objects that will regale visitors on the history of the artists, the evolution of visual culture and entertainment, maritime literature, cultural connections, and the maritime history and culture of mid-19th century America.
Special to ArtWeek, local artists were given this preview months before its public debut. Museum curators and historians provided context to the exhibition and talked in detail about the themes and concepts to be unpacked via the exhibition. Artists got a chance to ask questions and get a feel for the experience that the Museum is aiming to create with the exhibition.