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Down to the Bone With Peabody Essex Museum Curators

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

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1:00–2:00 p.m. PT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

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Working independently, award-winning nature photographer Stephen Gorman and beloved New Yorker artist Edward Koren respond to the consequences of destabilizing our natural environment and speak to their shared alarm about the global climate crisis. Join us to go behind the scenes with museum curators Trevor Smith, Associate Director of Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense, and Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center and Curator of Natural History.

Photo credit for image:

Stephen Gorman (1959–)
Lamentation, 2017
Pigment print
Courtesy of the artist
© Stephen Gorman


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Founding Director of PEM’s Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center

Jane Winchell has led development of the museum’s original Art & Nature Center, as well as the revamped and expanded center that opened in 2013. Ms. Winchell has curated more than 15 popular interactive/interdisciplinary/intergenerational shows for PEM, including XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions (by Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne), Lunar Attraction and Branching Out: Trees as Art. Ms. Winchell led the development of PEM’s recently revamped Art & Nature Center gallery, The Pod, which includes installations, art and creative expression that bring us closer to the nature right outside our door.

She is Co-Curator of The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, which opened November 20, 2021, and Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman, which opened in March 2022. She is also curating Climate Action: Inspiring Change, which opened in April 2022, and co-leading PEM’s new Climate + Environment Initiative. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and two graduate degrees: an M.S. in Science Communication and an M.A. in Biology, both from Boston University.

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Associate Director, Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum

Trevor Smith leads an initiative that collaborates with contemporary artists across the breadth of the museum’s activities to illuminate how creativity and cultural change emerge at the intersections of cultures, disciplines or technologies. Since arriving at PEM, he has commissioned works and curated exhibitions with Carlos Garaicoa, Kimsooja, Candice Breitz, Michael Lin and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest.

In 2018, he curated a major exhibition exploring the shifting role of play in contemporary art and culture. Previous exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale 2011; Wrestle; Martin Creed: Feelings for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; and The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton and William Kentridge, for the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival. He has produced over 70 exhibitions and has been published widely in exhibition catalogs and journals in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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