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WWI Roster, Vintage Cartoons and More as Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Announces Exhibition Updates
(Provincetown, MA) – August 8, 2017 – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) has added a few updates to its popular exhibition, “The Great Provincetown Summer 1916” including pieces to bring it into 1917, during the beginning of World War I. The PMPM has added to the exhibition an original Roll of Honor of 306 Provincetown residents who fought in World War I who served in the Army, Army nurses, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, A
The exhibition now includes three newspaper cartoons from 1919 editions of the Boston Post newspaper depicting the three principal art schools that were located in Provincetown during that time founded by artists Charles E. Hawthorne, George Elmer Browne and E. Ambrose Webster. The cartoons, on exhibition from the collection of Stephen Borkowski, highlight the buzz around the three artists during that time period.
The updated exhibition also includes a copy of the original article in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine written by A. J. Philpott, published on August 27, 1916 with the headline “Biggest Art Colony in the World in Provincetown.”
Borkowski, PMPM board member and Chair of the Collections Committee, worked on the update with Sam Tager who curated the original exhibition. Borkowski says these new additions complement the exhibition beautifully and make a deep connection to the community. “We wanted to shine a spotlight on the men and women from Provincetown who fought bravely in World War I as many of the names on the Roll of Honor are familiar to us and shall always be remembered.”
Tager says the new items in the exhibition further connect the era to the residents of Provincetown from all walks of life, from those who fought in World War I to the artists who flocked to the town making it a haven for those seeking artistic freedom. “The new pieces support the premise that the 1916-1917 era was truly a special time in Provincetown as World War One transformed it into the center of the artistic universe. From the hundreds who fought in the war, to those who came to Provincetown to create art, the exhibition now encompasses a fuller spectrum of the community.”
The museum’s exhibition, like Philpott’s article, highlights four major schools of art that were thriving in Provincetown in 1916: Charles W. Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art which gave rise to the Provincetown Art Colony; E. Ambrose Webster, modernist and another founder of the Provincetown Art Colony; George Elmer Browne, landscape painter and illustrator who founded the West End School of Art; B.J.O. Nordfeldt and William and Marguerite Zorach, founders of the Modernist School of Art. Philpott’s article distinguishes the different styles of painting from each school and how the Modernist artists were way ahead of their time in 1916 – calling them “futurists.”
The exhibit also includes the great thinkers and writers of the era such as Susan Glaspell, Emma Goldman, John Reed and Eugene O’Neill who were all drawn to Provincetown to share and inspire each other. The social atmosphere of the era is also represented in the exhibit with a section on the Beachcombers, which was a private club that sits on a wharf overlooking Provincetown Harbor where artists gathered, and continue to gather, to meet for dinner every Saturday. The exhibit also includes an original 35mm newsreel from 1916 that spotlights the history of Provincetown as the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims and its emergence as a haven for artists.
About Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620. Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people in the ‘new world;’ which became the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks before sailing on to Plymouth. At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape and visit our webcam for a live “View from the Top.” The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and the Town’s history and partners with Provincetown 400 and Plymouth 400 for 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Provincetown. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is a non-profit educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. For more information please visit pilgrim-monument.org.