A Golden Thread: The Minotaur, prominently featured in PEM’s first gallery devoted to the Phillips Library Collection in “The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne” is on view from September 28, 2019 to March 29, 2020.
PEM’s Phillips Library’s recent acquisition of Mindy Belloff’s A Golden Thread, a contemporary reinterpretation of Hawthorne’s short story The Minotaur, considers the links between past and present, visual and verbal, and how artists have drawn on one another’s work throughout time.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Creative Legacy – by Alyse Diamantides
Salem’s native son Nathaniel Hawthorne has inspired artists for nearly 200 years – and not just writers. Modern day artist Mindy Belloff tapped into his genius when she designed A Golden Thread: The Minotaur, a contemporary reinterpretation of Hawthorne’s short story The Minotaur, in his children’s book Tanglewood Tales. Offering a fresh perspective on the ancient Greek myth through a bold mix of typography and color, A Golden Thread is the centerpiece of the Peabody Essex Museum’s new exhibition, The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Selections from the Phillips Library Collection. This show marks the first exhibition in a gallery dedicated to the collections of the Phillips Library (please note new closing date). Full blog post at: https://www.pem.org/blog/nathaniel-hawthornes-creative-legacy