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Scrimshaw Takes Over the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Summer Exhibitions

The New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world’s most extensive collection of scrimshaws, objects carved by whalers from marine mammal byproducts. Scrimshaw is commonly associated with white male New England creators.

The museum aims to challenge this notion with two new summer exhibitions, The Wider World and Scrimshaw and NON-COMPLIANCE: Log Book 24 | SCRIMSHAW. The programs explore how oceans and the spaces within and between them are places of exchange and circulation of goods, people, animals, materials, currents and cultures.

Inauguration on June 14 The Wider World and Scrimshaw It displays more than 300 objects, most of which are carved decorative arts of the Pacific world made between 1700 and the present. He demonstrates how scrimshaw was influenced by and, in turn, influenced other Arctic and Oceanic carvings.

This wide-ranging exhibition, organized in consultation with a diverse advisory board of artists, scholars and culture bearers, explores the rich cultural traditions, carved forms and material exchanges that emerged throughout the Pacific world. The legacies of colonialism explored in this exhibition are prevalent today; Climate change and natural resource extraction disproportionately affect island nations and indigenous communities.

Also opening on June 14 is Shinnecock artist Courtney M. Leonard’s store. NON-COMPLIANCE: Log Book 24 | SCRIMSHAW explores the historical and contemporary links between place, community, whales and the maritime environment.

Leonard’s works evoke whale remains, coastal industrial infrastructure, and oyster shells, evoking community ties to water, Shinnecock scientific knowledge, and current practices to mitigate coastal erosion and water pollution. The artist’s works hope to depict healing and celebrate resilience and joy in unceded lands and waters.

The Wider World and Scrimshaw and NON-COMPLIANCE: Log Book 24 | SCRIMSHAW Exhibits will be open from June 14 to November 3 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Visit the museum’s website to see upcoming programming.

For more information, visit whalingmuseum.com.

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