The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is known for its collection and shows of work by world-renowned painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have lived and made art here. Oil painting, starting with Charles Webster Hawthorne as teacher at the turn of the century, has always been the medium most associated with the Provincetown art colony. But during the last decade, PAAM has made a conscious effort to beef up its photography holdings. The exhibit “Photography From the Permanent Collection” — curated by CEO Christine McCarthy, with a free-to-the-public opening reception on Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the museum’s galleries at 460 Commercial St. — is the result.
The work on view (through Jan. 19, 2020) offers a wide range of imagery. There are historical photographs of local artists and art photography by such local notables as Joel Meyerowitz, David Hilliard, Amy Arbus, Mischa Richter, Daniel Ranalli, Mona Dukess, Constantine Manos, Marian Roth, and Jack Pierson.
It’s a side of Provincetown and its art legacy that we often don’t get to see. A few selections are reproduced here for readers of the Provincetown Independent.