8.31/ Sag Harbor Whaling Museum: Lecture on Whaling Art, Sept 15

“O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea” Lecture with Michael P. Dyer of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Friday, Sept 15th, 5:30-6:30 pm


     Please join us as author, curator and historian Michael P. Dyer shares the imagery and history of the beautiful artwork found in the logbooks of American whaling voyages – including voyages from Long Island. Lecture is approximately 45 minutes, followed by questions and answers.



Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

200 Main Street, Sag Harbor

(631) 725-0770

From the 1750s through the first years of the 20th century, American whaling voyages ranged far­ther off shore, and ultimately around the world, in a pursuit that produced oil and baleen for the growing population and industrialization of the US. The dangerous pursuit of whales has been justly studied and chronicled, but many writers have overlooked a significant cultural aspect of mul­tiyear voyages wherein day-to-day events were pictorially recorded. Buried deep within the logbooks, journals, and manuscripts of America’s whaling heritage are paintings, drawings, and representations of the whale hunt rarely, if ever, seen by the public.

Michael P. Dyer’s O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt highlights those unique artworks that capture the essence of whaling and its culture. This comprehensive examination of whalemen’s art will be the standard reference text for years to come. The author’s meticulous research is based upon a study of marine history and art spanning two decades.

Michael P. Dyer is the Curator of Maritime History at the New Bed­ford Whaling Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in American History from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. He has studied at Mystic Seaport, and was the inaugural U.S.A. Gallery Fellow at the Australia National Maritime Museum in 2008. From 1993 to 2001 he was Curator of Maritime History and Librarian at the Kendall Whal­ing Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts. In addition to his specialization in whalemen’s art, he has contributed many scholarly articles to periodical publications, is a frequent public speaker, and has curated several exhibitions on American and world-wide whaling history, maritime decorative arts, and cartography.

This is a free event.

More information on the summer calendar of events: http://www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org 


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