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SALEM – Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – Acclaimed exhibition ends extended run at the Peabody Essex Museum

Only two weeks remain to view the Peabody Essex Museums acclaimed exhibition, Body Politics: Maori Tattoo Today. Extended by popular demand, Body Politics, closes to the public on Sunday, April 26th, 2009. The exhibition displays moko, the Maori art of facial or body tattooing, and features stunning images by Dutch-born photographer Hans Neleman. Maori moko are complex expressions of identity – personal, social and tribal. Dating back hundreds of years, the art form is undergoing a resurgence as New Zealand’s Maori reassert their cultural tradition. The exhibition of 30 large format images and several objects from the museum’s own extensive collection of Maori carvings invite an exploration of aspects of Maori design, inspiration and contemporary culture.

About the Peabody Essex Museum: The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum’s collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

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