Summer Exhibits Link Cape Ann's Artistic Past and Present: The Cape Ann Museum Announces Marsden Hartley, Rachel Perry Welty Exhibitions

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The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass., announces its Summer 2012 exhibitions and events schedule. Featured exhibitions include "Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown" and the Museum’s first-ever multimedia installation: "water, water" from mother–daughter artists Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty.

"This summer's plans include two exhibitions that explore the interrelationship of Cape Ann's people and its physical beauty," Ronda Faloon, Director, Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum, whose art and artifacts tell the story of a remarkable place, announced today its summer 2012 exhibitions and events. Of note is the Museum’s first-ever multimedia installation: water, water from mother–daughter artists Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty.
A complete and detailed listing of exhibition related programs and events can be found in the Museum’s Summer Program Guide (mailed to all Museum members) or online at

"Summer is always an exciting time for the Cape Ann Museum, as we welcome visitors from home and abroad eager to explore the many facets of the area's art, history and culture," said Ronda Faloon, the Museum's director. "This summer's plans include two exhibitions that explore the interrelationship of Cape Ann's people and its physical beauty. They draw on the Museum's great strength - its ability to honor the area's rich artistic history, while celebrating contemporary artistic expression. We hope that the two together inspire conversations across time."

Exhibitions arriving at the Cape Ann Museum this season are:

June 9 – October 14: Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown
This special exhibition of paintings and drawings of Dogtown Common by American modernist Marsden Hartley includes oil paintings and ink drawings from the Cape Ann Museum’s own holdings as well as from museum collections across the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) visited Cape Ann and Dogtown just a handful of times, between 1920 and1936, but carried a vision of the area with him throughout the rest of his life. When he arrived for the first time in 1920, Dogtown looked much as it had for the preceding century. Pasture lands and woodlots which had helped support a Colonial-era settlement were still visible. Quietness hung over the place which stood in sharp contrast to Cape Ann’s bustling harbor front and beach areas. For Marsden Hartley, Dogtown offered the chance for renewal through contact with the land. He wrote that the place looked “like a cross between Easter Island and Stonehenge—essentially druidic in its appearance.”

The Museum is publishing a color catalog with essays by Curator Martha Oaks, James F. O’Gorman and Peter Anastas to accompany the exhibition. Additionally, a generous selection of related programming will be offered, including walking tours into Dogtown, book discussions, children’s programs and more.

Not to be missed is the Hartley in Dogtown Lecture Series, featuring authors and scholars on the subject:

June 28 - Townsend Ludington, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, author of Marsden Hartley, the Biography of an American Artist
July 28 - Anita Diamant, author of The Last Days of Dogtown
August 18 - Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town
September 22 - Gail Levin, art historian and author of Hartley's Catalogue Raisonné.

The series is generously sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

July 14 – September 30: water, water: A multimedia installation by Sarah Hollis Perry & Rachel Perry Welty
water, water is the first collaborative museum show for mother–daughter artists Sarah Hollis Perry and Rachel Perry Welty. In addition to maintaining separate practices, Perry and Welty have been working collaboratively since they overlapped as students at the School of the MFA, Boston in 2000. They have two permanent sculptural installations at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Perry and Welty organized and filmed their video performance "Drawing a Line with the Tide" in July 2011 using eighty volunteers from the seaside village of Annisquam in Gloucester, Massachusetts where they both live. Moving to avoid the inevitable, the performers demonstrate a futile attempt to control nature with its stubborn adherence to the circling of time.

Included in the installation are three short films in which the artists explore aspects of identity and the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship of dependence, independence, and interdependence.

June 2 – October 6: White-Ellery House Events
Restored by the Cape Ann Museum in 2009, the White-Ellery House (1710) is one of a handful of First Period (c. 1620-1725) houses in eastern Massachusetts that survives intact to this day. For the past two summers the White-Ellery House has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day installations by local artists. This year we are delighted to welcome the following artists to the program:

June 2 —Jenna Powell, Sounding Patterns
July 7 —Ila Prouty, Dream Repeater
August 4 —Elizabeth Alexander, Still Life: A Fabricator's Banquet
September 1—Shep Abbott, It’s All About Dogtown!
October 6 —Ana Alakija, Interconnections (Brazil/Africa, Portugal/New England)

These programs are free and open to the public and offered in conjunction with Escapes
North: 17th Century Saturdays. The House will be open on the first Saturday of each month during the summer (June through October) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, students and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455 x11. Additional information can be found at

About the Cape Ann Museum
The Cape Ann Museum is located in the heart of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port. Cape Ann – which lies just north of Boston and includes the city of Gloucester and towns of Rockport, Manchester and Essex - has been a leading center for artists since the 18th century, a maritime powerhouse and the source of granite for many major building projects up and down the East Coast.

In addition to rotating exhibitions, the Cape Ann Museum has a number of collections relating to this rich cultural heritage, including an extensive selection of maritime paintings and landscapes by American artists such as Fitz Henry Lane, Milton Avery and John Sloan.

Visit us today to discover the artistic treasures of Cape Ann,

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