Robert de Gast photograph courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
A traveling exhibition, titled “Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake,” featuring the striking work of photojournalist Robert de Gast is offered by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). De Gast’s work—evocative, stark, and infused with a keenly abstract sensibility— ranges widely in subject and treatment. Whether his vibrant perspective on the places and culture of oystermen’s work, the sense of solitude that he sought in his solo voyages, or the abstract shapes and details of remote lighthouses, De Gast’s images are complex and informed by the modernist aesthetic. As he said to his photography students, “if you’re unhappy with the picture, you’re not close enough.”
De Gast’s black-and-white photography gained widespread attention with the publication of his 1970 book The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, a work that, according to Smithsonian curator Paula Johnson “builds a more nuanced, more atmospheric portrait. It is not a romanticized look at the work.” De Gast’s black-and-white photographic work, encompassing more than 10,000 images, is a key collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
For more information about this exhibit, download the full announcement at de Gast Traveling Exhibition Summary
Submitted by Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, August 10, 2016
Traveling Exhibit Featuring Rare Treasures and the Fascinating Story of the Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers Looking for a New (Temporary) Home
The captivating “Lost on a Reef” exhibit is available just in time for a surge of interest about the story of the whaleship Essex upon release of Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” in theaters in March of 2015.
The world was initially reminded of the fascinating and tragic story of Captain George Pollard back in 2011 following the exciting discovery and identification of the Nantucket whaleship Two Brothers. Having survived the events of the Essex, one of the world’s most infamous seafaring disasters, and the true life events that inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, Pollard optimistically set sail for the Pacific once again in the whaleship Two Brothers, believing with all his heart “that it was an old adage that the lightning never struck in the same place twice.” In this case it did, and Pollard’s promising career as a whaling captain came to a tragic end on an uncharted reef in the most remote archipelago on earth, and what is now Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In 2008, a team of NOAA maritime archaeologists discovered the first clues of the whaleship Two Brothers and began to unlock the mystery of the only Nantucket whaleship ever found on the sea floor.
This traveling exhibit contains 1 title panel, 8 wall panels that include information about the Two Brothers shipwreck as well as other shipwreck sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The panels are approximately 2’ x 3’ and printed on Scotchcal laminated to Dibond 1/8” panels. 11 artifacts from the Two Brothers shipwreck site include: 3 harpoon tips, 2 whaling lance tips, 2 ceramic sherds from dishes used in the galley, one small cooking pot (also used in the galley), and three pieces of copper sheathing that were discovered upon conservation of the cooking pot.
The traveling exhibit is currently in Nantucket, MA at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The exhibit will be available to travel to your site in November of 2015. Costs associated include some assistance with shipping, and possibly new cases for artifacts. The exhibit is available for 1-2 years. Please visit the PMNM website for some more information about the shipwreck story and the exhibit in its current home in Nantucket.
Please contact Kelly Gleason (Kelly.Gleason@noaa.gov, (808)725-5837)) with interest, questions or requests for more information.