For the past century, Provincetown has welcomed, nurtured and inspired artists from all over the world – not just to create, but to connect with the town and its people. Only in Provincetown could this unique relationship between artists and community members become the defining experience of this fabled, outermost point of Cape Cod. Life in Provincetown has for the past 100+ years been charted by the interactions between these two groups – from destitute artists trading paintings for lodging from owners of local homes or guesthouses, to fisherman offering a share of their day’s catch to provide a meal for an artist who might otherwise go without, to the walls of local cafes and homes lined with artwork given in exchange for simple kindnesses. Art and everyday life, constantly mixing and connecting. This lecture will explore two artists representing two strikingly different traditions. Examples will be pulled from the permanent collection.
Christine McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, MA (since 2001).
She is responsible for all artistic, administrative, fiscal and strategic directions of the largest presenter of Cape Cod art by national, regional and international artists. Programs include visual arts exhibitions, educational initiatives for children and adults, publications, lectures and performances. In 2006, under the direction of McCarthy, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum was awarded Silver LEED Certification as the first “green” art museum in the country upon successful completion of a five million dollar renovation and expansion project. Most recently, McCarthy completed the accreditation process as set forth by the American Association of Museums. PAAM was awarded accreditation in March 2009.
Since 1985, McCarthy has worked in numerous galleries and museums in New England. They include the Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery at Providence College; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT; The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY; and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. She received a BA from Providence College in Providence, RI and an MA from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She is an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Metropolitan College and teaches a workshop entitled Managing a Visual Arts Organization.