Maarten Platje, Dutch (b. 1967),  USS  Constitution  vs HMS  Java  (29 December 1812) , (2018) oil on linen.

Maarten Platje, Dutch (b. 1967), USS Constitution vs HMS Java (29 December 1812), (2018) oil on linen.

Maarten Platje: The Early History of the U.S. Navy

May 3 - August 18, 2019

This exhibition features 15 recent paintings by Dutch marine painter Maarten Platje showcasing important historic nineteenth-century U.S. naval ships and battles. Platje has a mastery of sailing ships, and has sailed the waters depicted in his works. His paintings are richly detailed, technically accurate, and extensively researched to provide a realistic portrayal of historic ships, battles, and events. Additional paintings by this popular artist from MMAM’s collections will also be on display.


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Dual Opening Reception

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019, 5:00-7:00PM. Free for members and students, others $10

Come celebrate the opening of Maarten Platje: The Early History of the U.S. Navy and Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi. There will be passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Perfect Silence of the Stars: Marine Navigation in the Early American Navy

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:00-7:00PM. Free*.

Have you ever wondered how ships were able to navigate the world’s oceans in the days before GPS? Winona State University Professor and MMAM board member Greg Neidhart will take a look at the tools and techniques used to navigate the seas during the early days of the United States Navy. Included in the presentation will be historic examples of these tools, rarely on display, from MMAM’s collection. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Maarten Platje: The Early History of the U.S. Navy, on display May 3 - August 18, 2019.

*This event is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. "Bill" Gautch.


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