Cape Cod Museum of Art to Unveil Summer Exhibition on Friday

COURTESY OF THE CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART

DENNIS – The Cape Cod Museum of Art is set to unveil its premier summer exhibition on Friday.

The exhibition – Moby Dick: Inspired Visions – will pay homage to both the whaling culture of the Cape and the 200th anniversary of the birth of author Herman Melville. 

The artist, Peter Michael Martin, currently maintains a gallery in New Bedford, but has deep roots on the Cape. He spent 25 years in the Dennis Yarmouth School System. 

The exhibition features twenty-four pieces inspired by the great novel, including works never before exhibited, like a life-size kinetic wall sculpture of a Jonah being consumed by a whale.

Together, the exhibition can be viewed as one large-scale installation. Martin uses a recurring visual vocabulary, with highly contrasting, black-on-white, cut paper or cut Tyvek silhouettes. Other works are made from sailcloth, and one is a grouping of period sailor’s shirts, hanging ghostlike from the rafters.

Martin, renowned for his larger-than-life pieces, transforms the museum’s grand Hope/McClennen Gallery from floor to ceiling.

Inspired during a chance meeting with a Melville lecturer seven years ago, Martin later learned that one of his ancestor’s was buried at sea after being crushed by a heavy slab of whale blubber while working as a crewman on a whaling ship out of New Bedford at the age of 25.

Martin lives across Buzzards Bay in Mattapoisett, but he has deep roots on the Cape. He spent twenty-five years as a Special Education Teacher in the Dennis-Yarmouth School System. He officially retired from teaching in 2009, at that point teaching at Old Roster Regional High School in Mattapoisett, to pursue a full-time career as an artist.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center 

About Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn is a native of south coast Massachusetts, growing up in the small town of Mattapoisett and now resides in New Bedford. He’s worked in the CapeCod.com News Center covering everything you need to know about on the Cape.



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