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Thursday Night Extended Hours

Thursday, August 29

5:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition Related Programs


The Museum will stay open past the usual 5:00 p.m. closing to offer extended viewing hours for Homer at the Beach. In addition to galleries staying open for viewing, there will be illustrated talks, musical performances, artmaking opportunities, refreshments and more! Extended hours are free for CAM members or with Museum admission. There will be additional costs for special lectures or musical performances.

Extended hours will be offered on the following Thursday evenings:

August 29 ✧ September 26 ✧ October 24 ✧ November 21



Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.

Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics
Illustrated talk presented by Dana Byrd of Bowdoin College

On Thursday, August 29 join Bowdoin College professor Dana Byrd for Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics at 7:00 p.m. The artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is beloved for his moody representations of crashing surf against the rocky Maine coastline. The artist, however, was no recluse. He enjoyed traveling for pleasure and new painting subjects. During the last decades of his life, with box camera and painting kit in hand, he visited a number of tourist locales, among them, the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida. This talk will explore Homer’s varied depictions of the tropics, to revisit this important, yet little addressed aspect of his oeuvre. Cost is $10 for CAM members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Reservations are required and can be made online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.

Highlights of the evening also include watercolor painting; a cash bar featuring Cuba Libres & rum punch; and a chance to see Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869 – 1880.

Dana E. Byrd is a scholar of American art and material culture at Bowdoin College. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2012. Her research engages with questions of place and the role of objects in everyday life. Her book manuscript, “Reconstructions: The Material Culture of the Plantation, 1861–1877,” examines the experience of the plantation during the Civil War through the end of Reconstruction.

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, which is the first close examination of the formation of Winslow Homer as a marine painter. The exhibition will be on view until December 1, 2019.  The Cape Ann Museum will be its sole venue.

Image credit: Winslow Homer, St. Johns' River, Florida ca. 1895. pinhole (from an Eastman Kodak #1 camera) photograph. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine​. Image courtesy of Dana Byrd.

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