Azorean Whalemen: A Photographic Retrospective Gemina Garland-Lewis and O. Luis Mazzatenta
18 Johnny Cake HillNew Bedford Massachusetts 02740-6398United States
Opens at Whaling Museum September 6, 2017 - 6 pm
PLUS: The Story of the Bela Vista and the Resurgence of the Azorean Whaleboat on September 7, 6 pm
Take a walk through time with photographers Gemina Garland-Lewis and O. Luis Mazzatenta in the New Bedford Whaling Museum exhibition Azorean Whalemen: A Photographic Retrospective, featuring the people and cultural history of Azorean whaling. The exhibition opens on Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017 at 6 pm.
The exhibition showcases images shot by Mazzatenta in 1976, when whaling was still actively occurring in the Azores, juxtaposed with photographs taken by Lewis in 2012, 26 years after the last whale was killed there. Although Lewis and Mazzatenta’s photographs are separated by more than three decades, both artists worked in similar locations and even photographed some of the same men. Marvel at the “then” and “now” of Azorean whaling and the last living men who were a part of this unique world.
Registration for the opening event is recommended. Register online or call the Museum at (508) 997-0046 x100.
Learn more at a September 7 lecture:
International boat builder Lance Lee oversaw the construction of Bela Vista, the first Azorean whaleboat built in the post-whaling era. There are only 63 authentic Azorean whaleboats in the world, and three of them ‒ Pico, Faial, and Bela Vista ‒ are located in the United States under the maintenance of the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society (AMHS) in New Bedford. Lance will tell the story of the Bela Vista and the resurgence of this unique class of boat during a lecture on September 7 at the Museum, presented in association with AMHS. Reception at 6pm followed by the lecture at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Register online or call (508) 997-0046 x100.
Azorean Whalemen: A Photographic Retrospective and Lance Lee's lecture coincide with the 9th International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta, hosted by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society in New Bedford on September 8-10. Admire the traditional Azorean whaleboat design and watch as its heritage lives on today!