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Winslow Homer Lecture Series: Picturing the Tropics

Thursday, August 29

7:00 p.m.

Exhibition Related Programs, Lectures, Readings, Films

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

Plus extended Museum hours

This is the first in a series of four nights, throughout summer and fall, when the Museum will stay open past the usual 5:00 p.m. closing to offer extended hours. 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.

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.



EXHIBITION RELATED PROGRAMS     This lecture is the second in a series of four lectures offered in conjunction with Homer at the Beach. In addition, a two-day scholarly symposium, walking tours, sailing excursions, extended viewing hours, CAM members events and children’s programs are also scheduled.

Download a program guide here


Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices
Saturday, August 17, 10:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Block, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics
Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College

Homer’s Wine-Dark Seas
Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Marc Simpson, Independent Scholar

Winslow Homer and the North Sea
Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Athens, University of Connecticut

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