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From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, ocean liners were floating showcases of technology, opulence and social sophistication.

As icons of modernity and aspirational living, artists, engineers, architects and passengers all vied for influence and access to these man-made islands at sea.

Drawing from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together nearly 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film.

The exhibition is co-organized with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Image: Empress of Britain 1920s Canada J.R. Tooby. Museum no E2215-1931 ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London