The Legacy of Forum 49: A Members’ Juried Exhibition at PMPM

Members of PAAM and PMPM are invited to submit work to a Juried exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of Forum 49. The exhibition will be held at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) during their 2024 season.

Forum 49 was a pivotal project of modernists at the center of a debate over the avant-garde and American artistic values. A summer-long series of sophisticated programs were held in Provincetown in 1949, beginning with the forum “What Is An Artist?” and ending with the controversial “French Art vs American Art Today.” Record crowds attended the exhibits of paintings and programs focused on the avant-garde in many areas (architecture, psychoanalysis, poetry, jazz) all held in a gallery at 200 Commercial Street. 75 years after Forum 49, Provincetown artists continue to innovate, explore, and interrogate how art exists in society.

This exhibition, open to members of PAAM and PMPM, will be juried by artists Grace Hopkins and Cid Bolduc, co-chairs of Forum 24: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Forum 49, sponsored by the Provincetown Art Gallery Association. The occasion will be marked with a summer of events designed to honor the original Forum and illuminate the connections between modern art and the cultural changes and artistic changes that still resonate in the world today. Learn more about Forum 24 here, and plan to visit the PAAM exhibition Remembering Forum 49: Works from the Permanent Collection, on view April 19-June 2.

Members of PMPM or PAAM enjoy free admission to either institution in 2024; please check individual websites for hours (, Joint admission passes will be made available to the general public for $30.


For this Juried exhibition, we are seeking work inspired by, informed by, or otherwise in conversation with the art, artists, and values of Forum 49. 

Entries into this juried exhibition need not be abstract or fit into the style of the mid-century avant-garde, but should connect to the spirit and values of the 1949 program, or reference the art and artists involved in Forum 49.


There is no size restriction for this exhibition, but artwork must be dry and equipped with a hanging device. Works on paper should be framed. Sculpture and other three-dimensional work is welcome.

Drop-Off Day is Tuesday, April 30 from 12-4pm at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown). Please note: early drop-offs are not accepted for this exhibition. PAAM is not accepting submissions, all work needs to be dropped off at the Monument. Shipped works must arrive by Tuesday, April 30, please either submit the online Artwork Receipt or include a printed copy. Please ship works to: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, ATTN: PMPM/PAAM Members Juried Exhibition, 1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA  02657.

Works not selected must be picked up at PMPM on Thursday, May 2; Friday, May 3; or Saturday, May 4 from 10AM-3PM.

Membership to one of the participating organizations needs to be valid through November, 2024. Anyone can become a PAAM member or renew at any time online or by visiting the Front Desk at PAAM (open Thursday-Sunday from 12-5pm.)

You can submit your Artwork Receipt online here–it will save you the time of filling out the receipt at Drop-Off. We’ll remove the online Artwork Receipt the afternoon before Drop-Off Day, so if you miss that window you can just fill out a receipt when you’re here.


In the summer of 1949, a group of artists and avant-garde thinkers led by Weldon Kees organized a series of cultural programs intended to promote the exchange of progressive ideas. 

The program kicked off with a forum discussion of “What is an artist?” led by Hans Hofmann, Serge Chermayeff, Adolph Gottlieb, and George Biddle, and covered topics such as social and economic privilege, innovation in the avant-garde, innate versus learned skills, democracy, consumerism, and the commercialization of art. An exhibition juried by Hofmann, Karl Knaths, Fritz Bultman, Weldon Kees, and Cecil Hemley was held at 200 Commercial Street and highlighted the trending movements of surrealism, cubism, abstract expressionism, and the avant-garde.

IMAGE: Jules Aarons (1921-2008), Untitled, c. 1949-50, PAAM Collection, Gift of David Murphy

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  • The Fine Print

    • One work per artist may be submitted per exhibition. • All exhibited artwork is covered by the Museum’s Exhibition Insurance Policy. PAAM is not responsible for loss or damage to work left beyond the pickup date. • Unsold works are the artist’s responsibility to retrieve or arrange to be shipped. • Work left beyond 90 days of the pickup date becomes property of PAAM. • No work may be withdrawn from the exhibition prior to the closing date. • Artist payments are sent within 30 business days, or 6 weeks.
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