6-9 pm


Cash bar | Small plates menu available from the Hawthorne Hotel

Evening ware inspiration


6-9 pm

Art Making | Create Space

Create custom jewelry using film negatives (while supplies last).


Food Tasting | Atrium

Tasting table:

Southwest Meatball Slider with Tomato and Corn Salsa and Red Onion Jam with Cilantro Served with Tortilla Chips and Chipotle-Spiced Pickled Vegetable Chop Chop

Food table:

– Build Your Own Beef, Chicken or Tofu Burrito Station – Pick Your Toppings, We’ll Fill and Wrap For You
– Bhan Mi-Inspired Hot Dogs with Cilantro and Lime Roasted Red Onions, Chopped Tomato and Cucumber, Mayonnaise and Hot Pepper Relish
– Tuna Noodle Casserole
– Assorted Salads and Desserts

$10 per person.

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Gourmet Popcorn Bar | Atrium

Salem favorite E.W. Hobbs brings its delicious popcorn to dress up with gourmet toppings provided by the Hawthorne Hotel and sensational seasonings from Salem Spice.

$2.50 per person.

Photo Booth | Atrium

Transform yourself into a Hollywood star and snap a selfie on our red carpet.

Film Trivia | Atrium

Test your knowledge of the 1930s most iconic female movie stars.

:30 pm

Benton and the Big Screen | Morse Auditorium

Watch The Day of the Locust, the 1975 film adaptation of Nathaniel West’s critically acclaimed novel about 1930s Hollywood (Rated R, 144 minutes). Introduction by film expert Michael Dow. Discussion follows with lead interpreter Emily Fry, curator Sarah Chasse and professor Dow.

7 pm

Cocktail Tasting and Author Talk | Bartlett Gallery

Join author and mixologist Warren Bobrow as he demonstrates an inventive cocktail recipe and explores the connection between cocktails and film. He will sign copies of his book Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, available from the Museum Shop.

Live Music | Atrium

Dance the night away to hot jazz and swing by the Carubia Brass Bands featuring Jim Fryer.

7:30 and 7:45 pm

PEM Noir: For a Nickel I’d Do It Again | Wheatland Gallery

Inspired by the characters, scenarios and movement of Thomas Hart Benton’s Hollywood and the visual style of early film noir, this performance fuses contemporary dance, physical theater, shadow-puppetry, and jazz and text from period films to tell a tale of destiny and revenge in mythic Hollywood.

Presented by Wanda Strukus

Wanda Strukus is a multidisciplinary artist whose work and teaching incorporate the areas of theater, dance, puppetry and film/video. As a director, choreographer, playwright and teacher, she focuses on ensemble-building and collaboratively-created physical theater. She holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University, where her research and practice centered on puppetry and masked performance, an M.A. from the University of Arizona with a playwriting focus and a B.A. in film studies from Wesleyan University. Her theater and dance projects have appeared in theaters, galleries, parks and abandoned buildings throughout New England, and she has had the opportunity to collaborate with The Revolving Museum, The Yellow Springs Theater Company, Shakespeare in the Valley, Artists for World Peace, Riverside Theatre Works, Another Country, Chamber Theatre Productions, Salem Theater Company, Babes with Blades, Chicago Women’s Theatre Alliance and many others. 

7:30 pm

Cinema Gallery Chat | Special Galleries

Join Michael Dow as he leads a discussion on film, politics and culture in connection with American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.

Michael Vincent Dow is a PhD Candidate at New York University, currently completing his dissertation, “The Death of the Chase: The Social Psychology of the American Animated Cartoon in the Post-World War II Era (1944-1956).”

His current research and writing focuses on the history and theories of “traditional” (pre-CGI) animation, with particular concentrations in the (partially-unfinished) writings on animation by Sergei Eisenstein, the American studio system, and the American cartoon as an often hyperbolic “literalization” of the sociological and political concerns pertaining the predominant era of its production. Other areas of expertise include classical and postclassical Hollywood, film and modernity, film and social psychology, and the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock.

Dow has been further involved in other film and media-related practices, including as researcher and on-air presenter for the (now-defunct) London-based internet multimedia company “Network of the World” and as a film critic for WBUR’s daily news program “Here and Now.” He continues to serve as a freelance programmer and lecturer for The Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He has also quite proudly been a film projectionist from the day he left home, working at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.


American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood | Level 3

Read a guest review by Kevin Wolf on this wonderful exhibit!

Supporter – Lowell Institute
Print Partner – The Scarlet Letter Press
Media Partner – Creative Salem

Save the dates for these upcoming PEM/PMs:
Sept 17: Release the Beest (extended hours!)
Oct 15: Sizing it Down
Nov 19: What’s Your Type?




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