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  • Spring 2004 Exhibitions and Events at the Worcester Art Museum

    (WORCESTER, Mass., March 15, 2004) - The Worcester Art Museum is world-renowned for its 40,000-piece collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art.

    Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company).

    The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. Free parking is available. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum web site at www.worcesterart.org.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings
    Through June 27
    Lush landscape paintings by Corot, Daubigny, Hassam, Inness, Monet, Pissarro, and others trace the evolving styles of the Barbizon and Impressionist movements as their popularity rose in France and influenced the art of America.

    Birds in Japanese Art and Poetry
    Through July 16
    Japanese woodblock prints of birds-cranes, hawks, herons, ducks, kingfishers, cuckoos, and bush-warblers-are featured in the Asian galleries along with related cloisonné works and haiku and kyoka poetry.

    An American Impressionist: Joseph H. Greenwood
    Through Aug. 8
    Worcester's own Impressionist, Joseph H. Greenwood (1857-1927), achieved regional and national acclaim in his lifetime for painting familiar landscapes from rural New England.

    How Sculptors See
    April 8-Oct. 10
    Two- and three-dimensional works by two generations of contemporary sculptors, such as Nancy Graves, Charles LeDray, Sol LeWitt, and Kiki Smith, explore the process of seeing and creating. Wall at WAM: Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid” Opens April 16.
    This collaborative mural for the 67-foot-long Wall at WAM repeats the phrase “Don't be afraid” in the unique handwriting and native languages of representatives from member countries of the United Nations.

    EVENTS

    Day Trip: Following the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail
    Saturday, April 3 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.)
    Travel to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, and the New Britain Museum of American Art on a guided tour to view the work of many American Impressionists. Fee ($95M/$115NM) includes all admissions and transportation. To register, call the Worcester Art Museum at (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 or visit www.worcesterart.org/Education.

    Archaeology Lecture
    A Race Against Time: Saving Angkor Wat
    Thursday, April 8 (7 p.m.)
    John Stubbs, vice president of programming for the World Monuments Fund, presents a slide-illustrated lecture about the beautiful and mysterious ruins in Cambodia. Stubbs leads an illustrated tour of the key monuments of the historic city of Angkor and emphasizes the challenges faced in conserving and presenting the Angkor archaeological park. He also describes how the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA documented Angkor using radar imaging from the space shuttle Endeavor in 1994. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406. Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Worcester Society.

    April Tour of the Month
    Invention of Color: Art Tools
    Wednesday, April 14 (2 p.m.)
    Also, Saturday, April 17 (2 p.m.)
    Explore the many painted surfaces in the Museum's galleries. Learn about the history of color and pigment and the varied technique of application. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 65+ and college students with ID, free for ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Adult Classes Open House
    Thursday, April 15 (5:30-7 p.m.)
    Learn about the exciting spring and summer offerings for adults interested in classes and workshops at the Worcester Art Museum. Meet instructors, watch studio demonstrations, and enjoy light refreshments. Plus, stick around for an artist talk at 7 p.m. featuring Wall at WAM muralist Jim Hodges. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Artist Talk and Opening Reception
    Wall at WAM: Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid”
    Thursday, April 15 (7 p.m.)
    Preview the latest installation for the 67-foot-long Wall at WAM, featuring New York artist Jim Hodges' collaborative mural with representatives from member countries of the United Nations. Meet Hodges, and hear about his work and the process of creating this mural. Reception follows. Free and open to the public. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Wine Auction
    Saturday, April 17 (7-10 p.m.)
    The Young Friends of the Worcester Art Museum host a special evening of fine art and fine wine to support the Museum's audience-focused activities. Bid on single bottles and cases of wines in a silent auction presented by Austin Liquors. Plus, enjoy music by Peter Lombardo, refreshments, and great company. All are invited. Tickets: $25M, $30NM. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122 or e-mail membership@worcesterart.org. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester. Sponsored by WCRB Classical 102.5 Boston.

    International Reception
    Sunday, April 18 (5-7 p.m.)
    Celebrate the cultural diversity of the people, cuisine and art in Worcester. The Worcester Art Museum's Diversity Committee sponsors an event to benefit multicultural programs. Enjoy world music, sampling international foods and a cash bar. Tickets: $40. Contributing categories also available at $125 and $250 levels. Reserve your tickets by April 14 by calling (508) 799-4406, ext. 3105. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester.

    April Art Break: Treasure Hunt
    Tuesday-Friday, April 20-23
    The Worcester Art Museum offers special art adventures for students during the April school vacation. Half- and full-day workshops lead children ages 3-16 on a treasure hunt through the Museum and then back to the studios to create jewelry, scrolls, and recycled treasures of their own. Pre-register by calling (508) 799-4406, ext. 3129 or go online at www.worcesterart.org/Education. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester

    Armchair Travel Series
    The Jaguar Speaks: Ancient Mexican Musical Instruments
    Thursday, April 22 (6:30 p.m.)
    John Burkhalter, an ethnomusicologist and professional musician, transports you to ancient Mesoamerica through art and music. Explore the complex role that music played in rituals and ceremonies of Mayan and other Mesoamerican societies before the arrival of Cortez. Through the use of original instruments and illustrations from art, Burkhalter brings alive the musical traditions of an ancient civilization. $6M/$8NM. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester.

    The Untraditional Birder's Tour
    Saturday, April 24 (2 p.m.)
    This unique birder's tour highlights birds in the Worcester Art Museum's Asian and Egyptian galleries with special focus on the winged denizens found in the current print exhibition Birds in Japanese Art and Poetry. Bring any field guides that you have. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 65+ and college students with ID, free for ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry in the Galleries: Reception and Celebration
    Sunday, April 25 (3 p.m.)
    Celebrate the original poetry created during the Poetry in the Galleries project, a six-month collaboration of the Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester County Poetry Association, at a special reception and reading honoring National Poetry Month. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. A collection of the poems will be available for sale. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Archaeology Lecture
    Archaeology and Daily Life in Islamic Portugal (12th-13th centuries)
    Sunday, May 2 (1 p.m.)
    Without much written history on the small towns of West Iberia, archaeological excavations in Southern Portugal have played a major role in reconstructing how people lived at the end of the Islamic period. Archaeology has enabled study of food and drink remains, urban organization, houses, mosques, and cemeteries. Guest lecturer Professor Macias is a specialist of Islamic archaeology and late antiquity architecture in Portugal. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406. Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Worcester Society.

    Concert: Discover Landscapes in Music
    Sunday, May 16 (3 p.m.) rescheduled
    Just as painters of the late 19th-century turned to nature for inspiration and subject matter, so too did period composers. Discover an astonishing array of French and American musical depictions of the natural world in a concert inspired by the Worcester Art Museum exhibition Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings. The performance features pianist Malcolm Halliday, mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, and bass-baritone Robert Osborne. Seating is limited. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens ages 65+ and college students with ID, free for ages 17 and under and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    May Tour of the Month
    Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
    Wednesday, May 19 (2 p.m.)
    Also, Saturday, May 22 (2 p.m.)

    The Museum's artworks are crowded with herds of both domestic and wild mammals of all sorts. From the ubiquitous horses and cows to rare and more exotic species such as striped hyena and ibex, this tour will help you spot them in the Museum's mosaics, paintings, and sculptures. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 65+ and college students with ID, free for ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday Social: Cinco de Mayo with the Chamber of Commerce
    Thursday, May 20 (5-8 p.m.)
    The popular Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program joins the Young Friends of the Worcester Art Museum for an evening where you CAN mix business and pleasure! The band “Storm” performs soft rock of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Tag along on a guided tour, and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. $10 Chamber members/$15 nonmembers; free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Art All-State Exhibition & Reception
    Saturday, May 29 (3-5 p.m.)
    One hundred forty of the most promising high school art students from across Massachusetts team with professional artists and mentors to collaborate on colossal art installations in the studios, corridors and courtyard of the Worcester Art Museum for the 17th Annual Massachusetts Art All-State. At the culmination of this intensive two-day institute, parents, friends and the public are invited to admire their work and share in a closing reception and celebration. Free. Art All-State is collaboration between the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Art Education Association and the Massachusetts Directors of Art Education.

    Slide Talk and Van Tour:
    Worcester Then and Now
    Sunday, June 6 (2 p.m.)
    Explore the works of Joseph H. Greenwood, Worcester's own Impressionist, created in and of the Worcester landscape. Following a slide talk, board a van for an outdoor excursion to some of the nearby locations Greenwood painted en plein air. $12 Museum and MassAudubon Society members, $15 nonmembers. Space is limited. Advance registration necessary. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. Presented in collaboration with Broad Meadow Brook, Massachusetts Audubon Society.

    5th Annual Celebration of Worcester Poets
    Saturday, June 12 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    This festival of spoken word celebrates its fifth anniversary at the Worcester Art Museum. Take part in a day of poetry workshops, themed open mics, a slam poetry competition and featured readings by local poets. Workshops are free but require pre-registration. Visit www.wcpa.homestead.com or call (508) 797-4770 to register for workshops. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406. Sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association, the Worcester Art Museum and Worcester Cultural Council.

    Creepy Crawlies: Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
    Saturday, June 19 (2 p.m.)
    Often overlooked and misunderstood, these smaller and lesser-known creatures that live all around us can also be found by carefully looking at the nooks and corners of the Worcester Art Museum's pieces. Join us in the search for butterflies, beetles, bees, fish, frogs, and snakes in works of art, and learn how these curious small beasties can have great cultural significance. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 65+ and college students with ID, free for ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    About the Worcester Art Museum
    The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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