“Reflections” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA, United States

The photography collection at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is replete with views of and about the water, often with reflections on the water doubling images of the sun, sails, or wharves above it. In general, water asks humans to reflect: the ocean is a vast space, with a visual blankness that lends itself to contemplative meditation. As Herman Melville writes in Moby-Dick, “Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.” Reflections is an exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on water’s role in labor and leisure. Photographs in the exhibition will provoke questions about how and when we take time to reflect, and the water’s particular ability to hush or heighten one’s internal state. This will include work by photographers from the collection such as Stephen Fellows Adams, T.E.M. White, Dr. Henry Dudley Prescott, Theodosia Potter Chase, Norman Fortier, and Phillip Mello—some of which will likely be on display at the Museum for the very first time. Titled “Reflections,” this exhibition uses photographs to engage viewers’ own reflective acts: reflecting on the water, on photography, and on themselves.

Transformations Exhibition

New Bedford Art Museum 608 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA, United States

TRANSFORMATIONS MAY 25th - AUGUST 25th See the full collection in person at the Art Museum. The world around us is changing in unprecedented ways: the climate is warming at an alarming rate; geopolitics pushes and pulls at borders and national identities; shorelines erode and garbage heaps grow. The transformation of our lived environment is jarring, just as the devastation wrought on nature is troubling. For this exhibition, I selected works that address the tenuous relationship between human and animal, culture and nature. For many of these artists, the concept of transformation appears in the form of rotting fruit, blackened oyster shells or a haunted camping tent, seemingly depicting the collapse of nature. Whereas in other works, beautiful blooms, colorful recyclables and fibers, or heraldic images of flora and fauna point to a hope that the future is bright and that nature might emerge victorious. I hope that all of the work in the exhibition makes the viewer think about their own place in the world and what they are each doing to save us from further annihilation and negative change. I wish that viewers find beauty in decay and inspiration in darkness, just as they might smile and imagine […]

General Admission

BREACH: Logbook 24 | SCRIMSHAW

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA, United States

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b.1980) is a multi-media installation artist, ceramicist, and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. In collaboration with museums, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities in North America, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and the United States Embassies, Leonard’s practice investigates narratives of Indigenous food sovereignty, marine life, and human environmental impact. Leonard’s largest body of work to date, titled BREACH, is an ongoing exploration of the historical and contemporary ties between place, community, whales, and the maritime environment. The various iterations of the project, created for individual institutions and settings, investigate the multiple definitions of the term “breach.” A “breach” is a break, a gap in a wall, a river overflowing to breach its banks. Legally, breach means the failure to abide by the law or observe an agreement; it is a violation or infraction, a breach of trust. Breach also describes the act of a whale breaking the surface to rise above the open water. To “step into the breach” implies moving into the unknown. BREACH is an ongoing artistic exploration of these multiple meanings, engaging environmental vulnerabilities and the settler state’s failure to uphold relations and treaties with coastal Indigenous nations. Leonard’s works […]

Event Series A New Life in New Bedford

A New Life in New Bedford

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Theater, 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Theater, 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, New Bedford, MA, MA, United States

A New Life in New Bedford is how the city pulled people from all parts of the globe with its entrepreneur spirit. The whaling industry created a demand for workers and those that were willing to work were taken in by business owners and captains regardless of skin color. This same desire to work can be felt as the city transformed from whaling into textiles and fishing. Through these transitions immigrants and their families were able to find security by building communities with people of similar backgrounds that could then help individuals create financial independence. This program offers a walk through the ever-changing demographics of New Bedford and the places where economic journeys began. This Tour is subject to change. Please check our website for updated information.

Free
Event Series Walking Tour: Exploring Extraordinary Whales

Walking Tour: Exploring Extraordinary Whales

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, United States

Did you know that whales are extraordinary? Join the park’s volunteer, Wendy Davis as she explores everything about whales. They are the largest, loudest, most intelligent, and longest living animals on the planet. On this walking tour you will discover what makes whales extraordinary, how whales have helped humans, and how we can help the whales who are threatened with extinction. New Bedford Whaling NHP is not simply about the history of whaling. We also look at whales and their environment. The park is a place to ask and discuss big questions facing our society. Join Wendy on this tour and explore these questions and many more. This tour is subject to change. Please check our website for updated information.

Free
Event Series Walking Tour: Women in Whaling.

Walking Tour: Women in Whaling.

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, United States

Join Sharon, Park Volunteer every Wednesday June 5th through October 9 for a whaling walking tour in the historical district. Sharon will talk about the development of the whaling industry in the city of New Bedford and the role that women played in its development. In particular, about the intrepid women who went on whaling voyages and what their lives were like.

Free
Event Series Free “Learn to Play” Lawn Bowling

Free “Learn to Play” Lawn Bowling

New Bedford Parks, Recreation, & Beaches holds a Free "Learn to Play" outdoor Lawn Bowling at Hazelwood Park Greens every Thursday evening (weather permitting) at 553 Brock Avenue, New Bedford from 6-8 pm. The New Bedford Lawn Bowling Club will provide instruction from ages 6 and up. For more on lawn bowling in New Bedford visit the New Bedford Lawn Bowling Club's website: https://nblbc.com/  

Free

Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of Douglass and Melville

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, United States

Both Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville were in New Bedford in 1840. Douglass once claims “I was now living in a new world. was wide awake to its advantages.” Melville also once claim ""The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England ... nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford…all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea." This Tour is subject to change. Please check our website for updated information.

Free

“The Wider World & Scrimshaw” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA, United States

The Wider World & Scrimshaw takes the Museum’s scrimshaw collection (objects carved by whalers on the byproducts of marine mammals) and places it in conversation with carved decorative arts and material culture made by Indigenous community members from across the Pacific and Arctic. Native communities across Oceania, the Pacific, and Arctic have cosmologies related to whales, distinctive maritime traditions involving marine mammals, and vibrant carving styles. They were also impacted by commercial whaling ventures in the 1800s, and the external pressures of colonialism and Western empire-building. This interdisciplinary, community-driven, and collections-focused project engages questions about identity, place, and material, and considers how exploration and whaling impacted the production of material culture in this diverse region between 1700 and today. The exhibition showcases over 300 objects, paying particular attention to ones that indicate cultural and material exchanges. How did whaling (internal or external) impact these different communities and their unique art forms – from New Bedford to Aotearoa to Utqiaġvik? In what ways do these legacies continue within contemporary art, communities, and cultures? The exhibition considers different cultural products from Oceanic material culture and Arctic carvings to engraved sperm whale teeth, and explores issues related to trade, markets, taste, and patterns […]

Event Series Walking Tour: Exploring Extraordinary Whales

Walking Tour: Exploring Extraordinary Whales

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, United States

Did you know that whales are extraordinary? Join the park’s volunteer, Wendy Davis as she explores everything about whales. They are the largest, loudest, most intelligent, and longest living animals on the planet. On this walking tour you will discover what makes whales extraordinary, how whales have helped humans, and how we can help the whales who are threatened with extinction. New Bedford Whaling NHP is not simply about the history of whaling. We also look at whales and their environment. The park is a place to ask and discuss big questions facing our society. Join Wendy on this tour and explore these questions and many more. This tour is subject to change. Please check our website for updated information.

Free