REVIEW: The Tides of Provincetown

October 11, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altThis past summer, the New Britain Museum of American Art (in Connecticut) presented an exhibition of works specifically tied to the Provincetown artist colony. The exhibition, containing works by over 100 artists closes October 16, but it will then tour the country with a stop at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, May 18 through Aug. 26, 2012. In the mean time, the exhibition book has been released and is available at a number of locations in town.
The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899 – 2011) is a collection of essays about important moments in the art colony’s history, from Charles Hawthorne’s founding of the Cape Cod School of Art through today. In each period, we find Provincetown continually reinventing itself as the town changed from a Portuguese-American fishing village to its current status as a Mecca for GLBT tourism, among other things.
The book is not comprehensive, and everyone will have someone they think should have been included who wasn’t or someone they think should not have been included, but still it is an excellent resource for those interested in the history of art here.
Each of the nine chapters covers an important element of Provincetown’s rich artistic history. Former director of the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum Jim Bakker starts us off with a piece on Charles Hawthorne’s founding of the Cape Cod School of Art here in 1899. His chapter is chock full of information about the very earliest days of the artist colony – before it even was an artist colony.

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Team Provincetown, Team P’Town

September 29, 2011 3:08 pm0 comments

Identity in Provincetown has become such a monumental force that it is worthy of an anthropological study of tribalism. Or it would be a great subject for ridicule. It all depends on what team you’re on. Artist Brian Einersen’s new book P-town Humor features cartoon drawings with a sly sense of humor about some of the more absurd aspects of life in Provincetown, particularly the strong opinions that can plant people firmly in opposing camps.
With a deep interest in pop culture, Einersen tapped into a faux rivalry created by the media as inspiration for the book, which features t-shirts declaring dueling devotions to Provincetown institutions, characters, and locales.
“Back when Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie someone created t-shirts saying ‘Team Aniston’ and ‘Team Jolie’,” says Einersen. “The media pits those two against each other. In town there are not so much rivalries, but so many categories, like Team Sunburn and Team Sun Tan. There always seems to be two of everything in Provincetown.”

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It’s Never Black and White

August 4, 2011 7:19 pm0 comments

“I’m from such a politically liberal family and I myself am so liberal that I know liberals and their foibles; I know them very well and the one thing I hate is ideological thinking on the right or the left. I think it’s so destructive,” says Sebastian Junger as he boards the Martha’s Vineyard ferry. We’re speaking by telephone about his upcoming appearance at the Wellfleet Public Library as part of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill’s Tuesday Lecture Series. Junger plans to discuss his experiences in Afghanistan, his recent New York Times editorial, and the loss of his friend and colleague, Tim Hetherington, with whom he directed the Academy-Award-nominated documentary Restrepo.
Junger is known for what might be called a kind of “macho journalism,” in the sense that he has made a career covering dangerous situations at close range. His first book was The Perfect Storm, a New York Times bestseller about Gloucester fishermen who were lost at sea in a major storm in 1991. He followed it up with Fire, a collection of works Junger wrote about some of the most dangerous places in the world – Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, etc.  And then there was A Death in Belmont, which looked at the murder of Bessie Goldberg during the Boston Strangler years in his hometown of Belmont, Massachusetts. Most recently, he wrote the book War and co-directed Restrepo, both about the war in Afghanistan.

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My God, My God Why Have you Forsaken Me?

July 17, 2011 3:05 am0 comments

Walking in to the Parish hall everyone hushed. They were all staring at us. They all had these frowns and wrinkled foreheads. The kids just stared blankly at me. And I hated it. I wanted to leave. I wanted to quit. I didn’t want to be Jesus anymore. Hugs. Mumbled [...]

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Excerpted from Mirrors by Marianne K. Martin

February 15, 2011 9:35 pm0 comments

enlargeThe perimeter of the bedroom, like the rest of Shayna Bradley’s house, was an entry straight out of a Showcase of Homes tour. Professionally draped window treatments, “socks-only” carpet, eucalyptus and silk-flower arrangements. Testimony to an organized life and a disciplined mind. The center of the room, however, resembled the aftermath of a tornado touchdown. Shoes and clothes and pillows were strewn about the floor. A moat of pink-and-purple bedspread circled the foot of the bed; splayed on the bed’s surface was a tangle of satin brown arms and legs wrapped in slips of a stark white sheet.

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