Grand Panorama Lecture: Globalization and Diversity of Maritime Industries

Aug 8, 2018

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This is the final lecture in a series about America’s longest painting, the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World, which is featured in two Whaling Museum exhibitions: “A Spectacle in Motion: The Original” and “A Spectacle in Motion: The Experience.” Join Curator of Social History Dr. Akeia Benard at Kilburn Mill as she explains how the Panorama reveals New Bedford as a global cosmopolitan hub with connections to the rest of the world through the whaling industry. The painting illustrates the path of expanding hegemony of the United States through American commerce worldwide in remote and “exotic” ports and landfalls. Details of the ports – their geography, inhabitants, architecture, and maritime infrastructure – are vividly represented in the painting. In its very structure, the Panorama represents the connections between these far-flung locations and different cultures forged by the American enterprise of whaling and the global dominance of the American whaling industry. Reception 6 pm; lecture 7 pm. Museum members $10; non-members $15. Series tickets: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.

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Event Date: 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location: 

Kilburn Mill


127 West Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford  Massachusetts
United States