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Mysteries & Revelations Discovering Cape Cod’s Museum Treasures

Where: Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA

When: Daily, -

How Much: Adults $9, Children $5, Seniors, 62+: $7, Students 19+: $7 (with ID) Members; Children 12 and under: Free

Categories: Arts

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About Mysteries & Revelations Discovering Cape Cod’s Museum Treasures...Public Reception, Thursday, September 28, 5:30 – 7pm

…An historic painting of great value was stolen from Provincetown and years later found in Tucson, Arizona…an engraved spoon enigmatically framed leads to the discovery of a little- know
n funeral practice…an outrageous scam to harvest gold from sea water is revealed…

Intriguing objects and their stories reveal fascinating facts about the unfamiliar past of Cape Cod and the Islands in this first Cape-wide collaboration of 37 art, science and history organizations on exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA).
Pondering unsolved mysteries or questioning true or false stories behind a wide range of artifacts, paintings, photographs, and curiosities, visitors will learn the remarkable truths and legends uncovered by these singular treasures preserved by each participating organization.

“Mysteries & Revelations” was organized by Cape Cod Museum of Art Director Edith (Deede) Tonelli and Guest Curator Amanda Wastrom in response to the theme for New England Museum Association’s Conference this year: “Truth & Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society.” The Conference takes place in Falmouth from October 24 – 27. (For more…NEMA Conference 2017)
“How do we get to the truth?” asks Tonelli. “This exhibit shines a light on the work of Cape Cod museum professionals who are on the front lines of documenting and preserving our history. Ultimately, we—our culture and our history—are defined by the stories that we preserve and share with our community. We invite our community to enter this show with their own stories and add to our shared cultural identity.”

Some of the treasures that will be on display are:

A Mammoth Tooth from Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
A giant 12,000-year-old tooth discovered during excavation of the Cape Cod Canal uncovered truths hidden for millennia. (Image attached)

A Family’s Decorative Hair Wreath (circa 1880) from Atwood House & Museum
This unique remembrance is believed to be created with strands of hair from members of a family. The variety of hair highlights the exquisite details of this piece by creating shadows and depth to the floral designs. (Image attached)

A Bronze Death Mask of Abraham Lincoln and Slave Shackles from Zion Union Heritage Museum
These are stark reminders of a true history shared by the nation that is currently a major subject of discussion across the country.

A painting that belonged to PAAM that was stolen and found.
Gerritt Beneker’s painting Under a Wharf was one of the original five works donated to PAAM upon its founding in 1914. It was on loan to Town Hall and stolen in the 1988. Documents show how it was discovered in 1999 in Tucson, AZ. (Image attached)

CCMoA will be displaying work by Thomas Eastwood an artist whose work is in the museum’s collection but about whom little is known. The Museum is asking for help from the community to discover facts about his life and work.

Tonelli will be one of the Keynote Panelists at the NEMA Conference in Falmouth on October 25, and will also moderate a discussion session about Mysteries & Revelations on October 26. In addition, the participants in the conference are invited for a pre-conference tour to see the exhibit, the Cape Cinema and the Cape Playhouse.