For the first time ever, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is partnering with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to host a special exhibit aboard the USS YORKTOWN. The display, “Art and Music in Times of War,” will feature mixed media selections inspired by historic wartime events and people, including original paintings, prints, photography, vintage posters, and ship/aircraft models. This special exhibit will be open to the public for the price of regular Patriots Point admission May 25-June 10, from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., with special $7 admission rates offered after 6:30 p.m. each day.
“We are excited to partner with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to share the ‘softer side’ of “The Fighting Lady,’” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “Although artists’ renderings and models of war ships and their weapons are not commonly on display in art galleries, they are true works of art. The display, ‘Art and Music in Times of War,’ will provide a special opportunity for us to showcase some of our most valuable artifacts for a limited time – including Steichen photographs, original work by Raymond Massey and Carl Evers, and the life-size portrait of General George S. Patton made famous by the movie Patton.”
Edward Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923–1938. He served as a member of the American Photographic Division in France during WWI and offered expert guidance in all matters of aerial photography. During WWII, he served as the Director of the United States Naval Photographic Institute. Steichen is widely recognized as one of the most famous photographers in the history of American art.
Raymond Massey is an artist, known for his meticulous recreations of significant marine historical events. He was named a “fellow” in the American Society of Marine Artists and his art hangs in some of the most prestigious museum and corporate collections in America.
Carl Evers distinguished himself as one of the finest marine artists of the twentieth century. His ability to capture water in motion and attention to detail gave his paintings a vibrancy that few artists could rival.
In addition to the artwork on display, Patriots Point will host two special events that are open to the public.
282ND U.S. ARMY BAND PERFORMANCE AT PATRIOTS POINT
On Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m., Patriots Point will present an inspiring concert from the popular 282nd U.S. Army Band based at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, SC. The band frequently performs for the public; and its repertoire includes Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Marching Band, Rock & Country, Jazz Band and Brass Quartet pieces. Admission to the performance is free between 1 and 2 p.m.
‘PICCOLO, PATRIOTS AND PATTON:’ A SPECIAL EVENING ABOARD THE USS YORKTOWN
Celebrate Piccolo Spoleto and the unique war-themed artwork exhibit on the USS YORKTOWN on Friday, June 8 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, light refreshments, mixed media artwork display by teenage artist Jess Catoe, and an interview with George Patton (Pat) Waters on the life and times of his grandfather, Gen. George Patton. All tickets are $7 and must be purchased by 8 p.m. that evening for access to the exhibit and special event.