An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 24, 2021
The paintings of Martin Johnson Heade and Fitz Henry Lane allow us to imagine Cape Ann and costal New England from the perspective of a rural pastoral Colonial settlement. Historically, the salt marsh haystack was a structure made to store nutritious food for working animals. These iconic haystacks depicted in paintings by these two artists and others are beautiful beacons of function made up of saltmeadow cordgrass (spartina patens). This plant was a critical crop in these artists’ lifetime and vitally important now in capturing water and providing a buffer to our increasingly aggressive weather patterns and rising seas.
Heart in the Haystack is presented as part of the Museum’s continuing conversation with artists whose work centers around the Great Marsh, which began with Maia Mattson’s outdoor installation Weaving the Great Marsh and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Brad Story, and the Great Marsh