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  • Worcester Art Museum Fall 2004 Calendar of Exhibitions and Events

    (WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 25, 2004) - 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 11AM and Sundays at 1PM, September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11AM-5PM, Thursday, 11AM-8PM, and Saturday, 10AM-5PM 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 AM-noon. 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 or visit the Museum web site at www.worcesterart.org.

    SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

    Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid”
    Ongoing
    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.

    How Sculptors See
    Through Oct. 10
    Works by two generations of sculptors, such as Nancy Graves, Sol LeWitt, Kiki Smith, and Rachel Whiteread, explore the process of seeing and creating.

    Summer Youth Art Exhibition
    Through Oct. 20
    Marvel at the creativity and talent of students who participated in the Museum's youth summer classes. Free.

    Modern Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection
    Through Jan. 23, 2005
    Popular interest in contemporary Asian art is surging, and this exhibition showcases innovative prints and a few ceramics, dating from 1950 until the present, by famous Japanese masters.

    Japanese Masters of Mezzotint: Yozo Hamaguchi and Katsunori Hamanishi
    Sept. 4-Nov. 28
    Two contemporary Japanese artists elevated the European printmaking technique of mezzotint to a new height of creative expression and pioneered the use of color in the printing process.

    Photography at the Worcester Art Museum: Keeping Shadows
    Oct. 10, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005
    One hundred photographs, from mid-19th century daguerreotypes to recent images from NASA space probes, tell the compelling story of how photography has changed the way we see and understand the world around us.

    Lily van der Stokker
    Nov. 18, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005
    Contemporary Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker has received international attention for her large-scale wall paintings, striking for their eruptions of bright colors and curlicue shapes.

    Adult Student Exhibition
    Dec. 1, 2004-Jan. 28, 2005
    Enjoy the creative work done by adult students in all media in the fall session of classes. A reception honoring these artists will be held in January. Free.

    Rococo: French 18th-Century Prints
    Dec. 18, 2004-March 20, 2005
    The Rococo period was the acme of intaglio printmaking technology, when artisans combined etching, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint in lavish color prints that have never been surpassed.

    PROGRAMS & EVENTS

    Adult Fall Classes Open House
    Thursday, Sept. 9, 5:30-7PM
    Explore the wide and varied world of art making and art appreciation at the Worcester Art Museum. Learn about the fall offerings while enjoying refreshments, meeting instructors, and watching demonstrations. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406, x3007.

    Opening Reception: Japanese Masters of Mezzotint
    Friday, Sept. 10, 5-8PM
    Enjoy viewing mezzotints and mingling with art lovers like you. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. No RSVP necessary. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Demonstration Workshop with Katsunori Hamanishi
    Sunday, Sept. 12, 1-3PM
    Master printmaker Hamanishi demonstrates his mezzotint techniques, including the application of gold leaf to a printed work. $13 members; $15 nonmembers. Space is limited. Call 508.799.4406, x3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Summer Youth Exhibition Reception
    Sunday, Sept. 12, 1-3PM
    Parents, children, friends, and the public are invited to a reception celebrating the artwork produced in the youth summer sessions. View works created by over 1,000 students in every media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and more. Light refreshments. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    September Tour of the Month: Today's Menu
    Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept.18, 2PM
    Join Worcester Art Museum Docent Bruce Plummer for a look at food and meal preparation in the artworks of the Museum's collection. Feeling hungry? Enjoy afternoon tea and nibbles following the tour. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Third Thursday Social: Tarot Card Reading and Tour
    Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30-8PM
    Curator of Asian Art Louise Virgin leads a guided tour through the Japanese Masters of Mezzotint exhibition. Plus, Denise Mascitelli reads tarot cards. Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406, x3122.

    Moon Festival
    Sunday, Sept. 26, 1-5PM
    Learn about and participate in many traditions of the Moon Festival, a popular Asian celebration of the full harvest moon. Activities include making lanterns, storytelling, traditional dancing, a fashion show, and a musical performance with a traditional Vietnamese stringed instrument. A dragon dancer inaugurates the festival and leads a parade at the end of the day. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, and always free for Members and children ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Preview Party: Photography at the Worcester Art Museum
    Saturday, Oct. 9, 7-10PM
    Celebrate 100 years of photography at the Worcester Art Museum with art, music, light hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and a cash bar. $15 members, $25 nonmembers. RSVP by calling 508.799.4406, x3105. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Lecture: History of Mezzotint
    Thursday, Oct. 14, 6:30PM
    Learn about the history of the mezzotint medium with mezzotint artist and art historian Carol Wax, author of The Mezzotint: History and Technique. Explore the process of this print medium, and trace its history from its earliest documentation in 1642 to the contemporary works of Hamaguchi and Hamanishi. Free for members; $8 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Armchair Discussion: The History of Collecting
    Sunday, Oct. 17, 2PM
    Join Curator David Acton and Steve Jareckie, Curator of Photography Emeritus, for a discussion of the Museum's history of collecting photography. Free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Call 508.799.4406, x3007, for more information and to reserve a seat. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    October Tour of the Month: Clothing in the WAM Collection
    Wednesday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 23, 2PM
    Do clothes make the man (or woman)? Join Worcester Art Museum Docent Faith Lang to examine clothing through the history of art. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for Museum members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Third Thursday Social: The American Frontier to the Final Frontier
    Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30-8PM
    Join Ben Charland, assistant curator of photography, for a discussion of world wars, locomotives, naked photos, cigarette cases, and cows in half an hour. Tour the exhibition Photography at the Worcester Art Museum: Keeping Shadows, plus enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406, x3122.

    Photographers Talk: Robert ParkeHarrison
    Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30PM
    Robert ParkeHarrison, who lives in Great Barrington, Mass., is fast becoming one of the most innovative and sought-after contemporary photographers in America. His works meld painting, sculpture, stage props, photo-manipulation, and collage to create stage photomontages that are at times amusing, melancholic, wistful, and spiritually uplifting. His talk is free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Call 508.799.4406, x3007, for more information and to reserve a seat. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Concert: Bel Canto
    Sunday, Oct. 31, 3PM
    The Abbey Schola, of the Trappist Monks of St. Joseph's Abbey, joins the Anna Maria College Chamber Choir for a concert in the Renaissance Court. The performance follows a special 2 PM lecture, open to the public, with Dr. Terryl N. Kinder on Cistercian history. A reception will be held after the concert. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Family Day: Photo Fantasy
    Sunday, Nov. 7, 1-4:30PM
    Enjoy an afternoon of intergenerational art adventures focused on the exhibition Photography at the Worcester Art Museum: Keeping Shadows. Tour the exhibit to discover fantastic stories captured in photographs. Plus, join in art-making activities, demonstrations, and storytelling. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, and always free for kids ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406,

    Art in Progress: Lily van der Stokker
    Thursday, Nov. 11, 3:30-5PM
    Visit with Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker while she works in residence to complete her wall paintings for the Contemporary Gallery. Enjoy this unique opportunity to meet the artist, see her work in progress, and learn about her artistic process. Free. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 508.799.4406, x3007 to reserve your space. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Photographers Talk: John O'Reilly
    Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30PM
    Featured in the 1995 Whitney Biennial, longtime Worcester resident John O'Reilly has had an extraordinary career as an artist. His compositions combine staging, collage and often himself as they merge themes of art, war, death, and religion. His talk is free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Call 508.799.4406, x3007, for more information and to reserve a seat. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Tour: The Story of Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital
    Wednesday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 20, 2PM
    Join Museum Docent Pat Person to trace 150 years of the photographic medium in the exhibition Photography at the Worcester Art Museum: Keeping Shadows. This public, drop-in tour is free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for Museum members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Lily van der Stokker
    Thursday, Nov. 18, 6:30PM
    Join Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker, who completed a site-specific wall painting for the Contemporary Gallery, for a discussion of her work and artistic process. Reception follows. Free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Photographers Talk: B. A. King
    Sunday, Nov. 21, 2PM
    In 1969, when Tony King moved to Southborough, Mass., one of the distinctive features of the property was a magnificent red oak tree in the back meadow. Over the years, the tree became a living studio set for his naturalist photography. His talk is free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Call 508.799.4406, x3007, for more information and to reserve a seat. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    12th Annual WAM Food Drive
    Friday, Nov. 26, 11 AM-5PM
    Bring a donation of non-perishable food to any of the Museum's entrances on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and enjoy free Museum admission that day. All contributions will be given to the Massachusetts Veterans, Inc., the Mustard Seed, and Rachel's Table. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    Concert: Pastiche Piano and Flute
    Sunday, Dec. 5, 2PM
    Duet Sydney Patten, piano, and Madeline Browning, flute, perform a relaxing blend of Manheim Steamroller holiday classics, music by French composers and original piano solos by Sydney Patten. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    December Tour of the Month: Understanding the Bible through Art
    Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 11, 2PM
    Explore some of the many Biblical themes represented in the Museum's collection with Docent Joe Reynolds. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    The Amelia and Robert H. Haley Memorial Lecture
    Photographers Talk: Michael Benson
    Sunday, Dec. 12, 2:30PM
    Since the 1960s, NASA has been sending unmanned satellites to explore space. Michael Benson has spent years compiling and digitally processing these images. His talk is free for Museum members, $8 nonmembers. Call 508.799.4406, x3007, for more information and to reserve a seat. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Third Thursday Social: Holiday Shopping Spree with The Men of Song
    Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:30-8PM
    Talk about stress-free shopping! Pick out distinctive holiday gifts at the Worcester Art Museum Shop, and receive complimentary gift-wrapping while you have a drink, tour the Museum, and listen to holiday tunes by the Worcester Men of Song. Plus, members will save 20 percent in The Museum Shop. Free for Members, $8 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406, x3122, www.worcesterart.org.

    Holiday Concert: St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
    Sunday, Dec. 19, 3PM
    Revel in holiday music filling the colonnaded chambers of the Renaissance Court. St. Paul's Cathedral Choir performs under the direction of Ian Watson, in what has become a Worcester Art Museum tradition. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, 508.799.4406.

    December Youth Workshops
    Dec. 28-30
    Two-hour workshops and extended-day options provide children opportunities to focus that holiday energy in a whimsical and creative way. This year's classes are: Cityscapes & Skyscrapers, where children will create their own mixed media city; Last Hurrah - Hats, in which students will make festive party chapeaus; and Make it Modern, an opportunity to enjoy modern art painting and paintings. For fees and registration, visit www.worcesterart.org or call 508.799.4406 x3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    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 AM and Sundays at 1 PM, September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Thursday, 11 AM-8 PM (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM 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 AM-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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