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Photography from the Permanent Collection

November 8 - January 26, 2020

Curated by:
Christine McCarthy
Opening Reception:
Friday, November 15, 6pm
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About the Exhibition

Over the past decade, PAAM has been consciously building its photography holdings—both historic and contemporary. A powerfully visual medium, photographs not only document specific periods in time, but showcase the creativity of the artist through a variety of techniques. This exhibition highlights a wide range of photographs from PAAM’s permanent collection.

For over 100 years, the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum has been the basis for many exhibitions and has assisted scholars, researchers and other museums concerning the history of art on Cape Cod. Encompassing 4,000 works from artists who have lived or worked on Cape Cod, the collection is a burgeoning historical record of the original Provincetown art colony. At PAAM, the holdings of local and regional art are extensive and dynamic; the styles were revolutionary and remain noteworthy in the history of American Art.

Embedded into PAAM’s mission, the collection is truly at the heart of our organization. A glance at the Permanent Collection catalog shows how many hundreds of people have been moved to express their generosity through contributions that make up virtually the entire collection. Bringing the art of Provincetown back to Provincetown ensures that PAAM will continue to uphold this incredible responsibility of maintaining the legacy of the oldest continuous art colony in the United States.

Image: David Hilliard, Some Days Have Gone, (detail), 2012, PAAM Collection, Gift of the artist, 2018