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    April-June 2002 Calendar of Exhibitions and Events

    (WORCESTER, MASS., MARCH 28, 2002) The Worcester Art Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and full-time college students with current ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Admission is also free for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. The Museum is handicapped accessible. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Collective Images: The Sketchbooks of John Steuart Curry
    Through Sunday, May 5, 2002
    Peek at the pages of sketchbook drawings by one of America's great Regionalist artists, John Steuart Curry. This exhibition highlights his work in 98 sketchbooks and 134 loose drawings recently given to the Museum by the artist's widow. The works span Curry's lifetime (1897-1946) and range in media from pen and ink to watercolor, gouache, graphite and crayon. See early drawings of his famous murals, studies from his tour with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, and familiar scenes from his rural Kansas upbringing. The media sponsor is the Telegram & Gazette.

    Weegee's World: Life, Death, and the Human Drama
    April 5-June 2, 2002
    During the Depression and the years of World War II, a tabloid news photographer nicknamed Weegee prowled New York City in a Chevrolet outfitted with a police scanner, the first such radio authorized to a civilian. It allowed Weegee to be first on the scene of the city's most sensational events. Bold, graphic, and arresting, these images convey the raw experience of life in the city during a dynamic era. This traveling exhibition was organized by the International Center for Photography in New York and features Weegee's most famous and moving images. Support was provided by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund for Photography. The media sponsors are the Telegram & Gazette and Citadel Communications Corp.

    New Opening Date
    Wall at WAM: Julian Opie
    Opens Saturday, April 20, 2002
    British artist Julian Opie responds to the dramatic scale of the Renaissance Court and the melding of ancient and contemporary worlds with a portrait mural for the 67-foot span just inside the Museum's Salisbury Street entrance. Rendered through the technology of the computer, Opie's work simplifies line and shape and explores the connection between what is natural and what is artificial. The image has been created in his London studio and fabricated as wallpaper for a long-term installation at the Worcester Art Museum. Julian Opie is represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston and Lisson Gallery in London. This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. The media sponsor is Worcester Magazine.

    Tony Feher: Maybe/Enjoy
    April 26-Aug. 11, 2002
    American artist Tony Feher has become a leading voice among his generation of sculptors. Rooted in the legacy of Minimalism, Feher's understated use of humble, “forgettable” materials that he finds-bottles, clotheslines, plastic soda crates-turns the commonplace and mundane into work that is rich with human emotion and fragile beauty. Two installations created for the Contemporary Gallery and the 12th-century Chapter House will invite viewers to reconsider the purpose and meaning of sculpture. Tony Feher is represented by D'Amelio Terras Gallery in New York. This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. Additional support provided by the LEF Foundation. The media sponsor is Worcester Magazine.

    Printmaking Methods/Engraving
    June 8-Aug. 18, 2002
    Most familiar today for the portraits and decorative borders on paper money, engraving was for centuries the most refined and precise method of reproducing images. This exhibition explores processes of copperplate engraving, its history and changing roles in Western culture. Among the artists whose work will be included are the European old masters Albrecht Dürer and Hendrik Goltzius, and such later printmakers as Mary Cassatt and Stanley William Hayter.

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Weegee Preview Party
    Thursday, April 4 (5-9 p.m.)
    Be first on the scene to view the exhibition, Weegee's World: Life, Death, and the Human Drama, and join the party with entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, April 4 (5:30 p.m.)
    The destination for this First Thursday tour is always a surprise, but you will always learn something new about the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Isis and Osiris: An Evening of Egyptian Mythology and Magic
    Saturday, April 6 (7:30 p.m.)
    In this original, premier performance, storyteller Katie Green and musician Tony Vacca bring to life Ancient Egyptian tales of mystery and magic first told 4,000 years ago. This program is intended for teen and adult audiences. Tickets: $12 nonmembers, $10 members. Call (508) 799.4406 ext. 3007 to reserve. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Concert: Abby Kelley Foster School
    Sunday, April 7 (3 p.m.)
    Students from Worcester's Abby Kelley Foster School present a program of spirituals interspersed with scenes from the lives of Foster, an abolitionist and women's rights activist, and her fellow advocates Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Weegee's World Gallery Talk
    Thursday, April 11 (5:30 p.m.)
    Learn about the tabloid photojournalist Weegee in a gallery talk with Suzanne Gainer, assistant professor of photography at Worcester State College. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for youth 17 and under and Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Patriots Day: Museum Open
    Monday, April 15 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    Enjoy the holiday from work or school with a visit to the Worcester Art Museum. The Museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on four Monday holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Patriots Day and Columbus Day. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    April Art Break: Behind the Seen
    Tuesday, April 16-Friday, April 19
    Vacationing youth (ages 3-16) will have a ball exploring “Behind the Seen” of artwork. Dozens of art-making workshops are offered throughout the week to introduce children to the artist's process. Children tour the Museum's galleries for ideas and then experiment with sculpture, painting, collage, computers, photography, printmaking, and more. Choose from two-hour morning or afternoon workshops, full day or extended day. Classes fill quickly. For more information or to register, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Poetry Readings: Word on the Street
    Thursday, April 18 (6:30 p.m.)
    Celebrate life in the city with a lively evening of poetry by local poets and readings of related poems by well-known authors. Sponsored in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    WAM's Third Thursdays Young Members Group
    Thursday, April 18 (5-8 p.m.)
    Take advantage of evening hours, and drop by the Museum after work for entertainment by singer/songwriter Jess Mcdonough, a tour of the galleries, light refreshments and a cash bar. Free admission for members. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Snapshots! Family Photo Workshop
    Saturday, April 20 (10 a.m.-noon)
    Explore the photography exhibition Weegee's World: Life, Death, and the Human Drama, and experiment with composition as you use a Polaroid camera to snap candid pictures of people in the Museum. For ages 8 and up with an adult. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    April Tour of the Month-Stories in Art
    Wednesday, April 24 and Saturday, April 27 (2 p.m.)
    Take a guided tour through the galleries to discover the stories imbedded in works of art. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    New Date! Adult Art Classes Open House
    Thursday, April 25 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
    Learn more about the Worcester Art Museum's extensive studio arts program at this evening reception. Meet staff and instructors, and tour the studios. Enroll in a class that night and be entered in a drawing for free tuition. Refreshments served. Free. Classes begin May 13. Scholarships available on a financial need basis. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Tony Feher: Artist's Talk and Opening Reception
    Thursday, April 25 (7 p.m.)
    New York sculptor Tony Feher is on hand for the opening of his exhibition, Maybe/Enjoy. Learn about this artist's Minimalist approach to sculpture, and view his work in the Museum's Contemporary Art Gallery and in the Medieval Chapter House. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Weegee's World Gallery Talk
    Sunday, April 28 (1 p.m.)
    Kirk Jalbert, photography instructor at the Worcester Center for Crafts and Clark University, shares his perspective on the exhibition of photographs by Weegee, an early photojournalist for the New York City tabloids. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    CANstruction at WAM
    Wednesday, May 1-Sunday, May 5
    Worcester Art Museum is the host for this year's competitive exhibition for local architectural and design firms. The challenge: create a sculpture from tons of canned and boxed nonperishable food items. The food is donated by local groceries, and following the competition distributed to families in need through the Worcester County Food Bank. CANstruction builds awareness for Worcester County Food Bank's year-round efforts to provide food to the hungry. Six sculptures will be on view during Museum hours. Visitors may vote for their favorite CANstructions on May 1 and 2, and an awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. Donate a non-perishable food item for free Museum admission from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. For information, call the Worcester County Food Bank at (508) 842-3663 or Worcester Art Museum at (508) 799-4406. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, May 2 (5:30 p.m.)
    The destination for this First Thursday tour is always a surprise, but you will always learn something new about the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Lecture-Weegee and New York: A Photographic Overview
    Sunday, May 5 (2 p.m.)
    Find out what made Weegee a pioneer in tabloid photojournalism. Stephen Jareckie, curator of photography emeritus at Worcester Art Museum, discusses the photographer's work in the context of Weegee's predecessors and those who followed. Tickets: $8, $6 Members. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3007. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Weegee's World Gallery Talk
    Thursday, May 9 (5:30 p.m.)
    Learn more about early tabloid photojournalist Weegee in a gallery talk with Gillian Nagler, assistant curator from the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Worcester Art Museum Gala Auction 2002
    Saturday, May 11 (5:30-10 p.m.)
    Support the Worcester Art Museum by taking part in a gala auction at the Hogan Center Ballroom at Holy Cross College. The evening includes dinner, a silent auction, and a live auction commanded by Marc Porter of Christie's of New York. Bid on one-of-a-kind items and luxurious packages including exotic trips, cooking lessons, golf outings, fine art, exquisite jewelry and more. Tickets include dinner and are $60 per person, $450 for a table for eight. Call 508.799.4406 ext. 3127.

    Spring/Summer Adult Classes
    Beginning Monday, May 13
    The shortened six-week session provides a perfect introduction to Worcester Art Museum's extensive studio arts program. From pastels, watercolors, photography and sculpture to computer arts, calligraphy, writing workshops, and bookmaking, the adult art program spans the full spectrum of art. One-day and weekend workshops are also offered. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 for a Classes brochure. Scholarships available on a financial need basis. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Tour of the Month: Precolumbian Art Discovery
    Wednesday, May 15 and Saturday, May 18 (2 p.m.)
    Discover the art and culture of Meso-American civilizations in a guided tour of the Precolumbian gallery. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry Readings: Word on the Street
    Thursday, May 16 (6:30 p.m.)
    Celebrate life in the city with a lively evening of poetry by local poets and readings of related poems by well-known authors. Sponsored in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    WAM's Third Thursdays Young Members Group
    Thursday, May 16 (5-8 p.m.)
    Drop by the Museum after work for entertainment, a tour of the galleries, light refreshments and a cash bar. Free admission for members. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Weegee's World Gallery Talk
    Sunday, May 19 (1 p.m.)
    Telegram & Gazette staff photographer Jim Collins offers his perspective on the Weegee's World photography exhibition. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Contemporary Art Forum
    Thursday, May 23 (5-7 p.m.)
    Join Susan Stoops, Worcester Art Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art, and special guests from the art community for lively, informal discussions about current exhibitions and issues in contemporary culture. Free. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3005 for more information. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Art All-State Exhibition and Reception
    Saturday, May 25 (3:30 p.m.)
    Admire the work of more than a hundred young artists from high schools throughout Massachusetts. This exhibition and reception wraps up a two-day intensive workshop for high school juniors serious about exploring art. Their collaborative projects will be on view. Free. Refreshments served. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, June 6 (5:30 p.m.)
    The destination for this First Thursday tour is always a surprise, but you will always learn something new about the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Celebration of Worcester Poets
    Saturday, June 15 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    More than 50 writers and performers from throughout Central Massachusetts treat audiences to readings, slams and festivities celebrating the vibrant poetry of the area. This third annual event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association in collaboration with the Worcester Art Museum. 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (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 and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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