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    September-December 2002 Calendar of Exhibitions and Events

    (WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 6, 2002) - A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its world-renowned 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. (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.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Printmaking Methods/Engraving
    June 8-Sept. 15, 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 the processes of copperplate engraving, its history and its changing roles in Western culture, with examples from Dürer, Goltzius, Blake, Revere and others.

    Summer Youth Exhibition
    Aug. 30-Oct. 20, 2002
    Young students in Worcester Art Museum's summer classes delved into sea creations, safari expeditions, nature studies, cartooning, photography, mask sculpting, printmaking, puppetry and computer arts. With clay and collage, paint and paste, ink and inkjets, film and found objects, children used their imagination and observations to make masterpieces. In this exhibition, a stunning array of their creations will be on view in the Higgins Education Wing.

    Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits
    Oct. 6, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003
    With dramatic groupings of portraits that cross time and culture, this exhibition explores how artists reveal or conceal the identities of their subjects. See cutting-edge contemporary portraits by Kurt Kauper, Nan Goldin, and Cindy Sherman, alongside masterworks of the Museum's collection-portraits from ancient Egypt and Rome and by Goya, Gainsborough, Whistler, and others. This exhibition is sponsored by Fallon Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Additional generous support has been provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and David & Marlene Persky. The Contemporary Program is supported by the Don & Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. The media sponsor is the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Norman Bluhm Drawings
    Oct. 19-Dec. 22, 2002
    Twenty-five drawings from the artist's estate range from sketchbook leaves to vivid, multi-paneled mural drawings, from Matisse-like interpretations to the frenetic splash-and-drip images that made Norman Bluhm famous as a leading second-generation Abstract Expressionist. The media sponsor is the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Worcester Art Museum Faculty Exhibition
    Nov. 1, 2002-Jan. 12, 2003
    Enjoy viewing the work of the talented faculty of Worcester Art Museum's adult and youth class programs. These professional artists and educators, dedicated to sharing their love of art with over 6,000 students annually, showcase their work in a variety of media in the Museum's Higgins Education Wing.

    EVENTS

    Fall Adult Class Open House
    Thursday, Sept. 5 (5:30-7 p.m.)
    Discover the spectrum of creative classes and workshops available for adults at the Worcester Art Museum. Meet instructors, view student work, watch demonstrations, and visit the galleries. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Sept. 5 (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 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Celebrate America's Freedom: A Day of Remembrance
    Wednesday, Sept. 11 (Noon)
    Recognizing museums' roles as stewards of our nation's treasures and as special places where communities can connect and reaffirm our freedoms, the Worcester Art Museum joins cultural institutions nationwide to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th. At noon, the Museum observes a moment of silence, followed by piano music in the Renaissance Court. Free admission all day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Summer Youth Exhibition Reception
    Sunday, Sept. 15 (1-3 p.m.)
    Enjoy viewing the creations of students participating in the youth summer session art classes. Admire works in every medium, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and more. Free. Light refreshments offered. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    September Tour of the Month: Birder's Tour of WAM
    Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 21 (2 p.m.)
    Mark Lynch, docent, artist and birder extraordinaire, guides visitors through the galleries searching for birds in art. From Ancient Egypt to Holland to modern America, learn the identification, cultural significance and mythology of birds depicted in the Museum's collection. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Reading and Book Discussion
    The Death Artist: A Novel of Suspense by Jonathan Santlofer
    Thursday, Sept. 19 (7 p.m.)
    Respected New York artist and first-time novelist Jonathan Santlofer reads from his book, The Death Artist, a shocking and suspenseful story set in the New York City art world. A discussion and book signing with the author follow. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursdays with the Young Members Group
    Thursday, Sept. 19 (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. Others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for youth 17 and under. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Salisbury Sampler
    Saturday, Sept. 21 (Noon-4 p.m.)
    It's open house on Salisbury Street! The Worcester Art Museum joins more than a dozen organizations that line the street, from the Massachusetts Military Museum to Assumption College, to offer free admission, special tours, programs and historical displays. At the Museum, learn about the conservation of the Worcester Hunt Mosaic, the largest mosaic brought to America from ancient Rome. www.salisburysampler.org

    Moon Festival
    Sunday, Sept. 22 (1-5 p.m.)
    Celebrate the harvest moon in the tradition of many Asian cultures with a Moon Festival that includes lantern making, storytelling, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, a parade, mooncakes, and more. Sponsored by the Worcester Art Museum in collaboration with the South East Asian Health Project of Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Oct. 3 (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 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Masquerade Soiree and Exhibition Preview
    Saturday, Oct. 5 (7-10 p.m.)
    Celebrate the opening of the Worcester Art Museum's major fall exhibition, Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, with the music of Little Red and the Riders, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and of course fabulous art. Since some portraits conceal more than they reveal, come as you are or in disguise! $15 Members/$25 Nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 1 by calling (508) 799-4406, ext. 3105. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    The Amelia and Robert H. Haley Memorial Lecture
    Artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
    Sunday, Oct. 6 (2 p.m.)
    An artist featured in the Worcester Art Museum's major fall exhibition, Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons visits the Museum to talk about her work. This Cuban-born, Massachusetts resident of West-African descent creates art inspired by her complex cultural and spiritual background. $6 Members/$8 NonMembers. Attend three artist lectures for $15M/$21NM. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Panel Discussions
    Tattoo: Art, Culture, and Responsibility
    Friday, Oct. 11 (7-11 p.m.)
    Spend a stimulating evening at Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St., Worcester, in a pair of panel discussions on the cultural phenomena of tattooing, an ancient art form dating back over 10,000 years. From 7:30-9 p.m., learn about the Craft of Tattoo, including its history, its role in today's culture, the ethics and responsibility of the tattoo industry, state regulations and compliance. At 9:30, explore the Art of Tattoo-the use of skin as canvas, artists' training and techniques, perceptions of tattoo art among the art community, and the future of tattoo art. Each panel features four top tattoo artists and two representatives from the Museum and the community. Free for Museum Members; $3 Nonmembers. This event is sponsored by the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts Tattoo Festival.

    AIA Lecture
    Mask or Mirror? A Play of Roman Portraits
    Sunday, Oct. 13 (2:30 p.m.)
    A specialist in Roman portraiture, Professor Rudolf Winkes, Ph.D., puts his spin on the Worcester Art Museum's major exhibition, Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits. Explore ancient Rome's contributions to the history of art, including the use of masks and the representation of patriarchal figures, couples, and mere mortals. Also discover the underlying motivations that led to the creation of such images. Winkes is a professor of Classical Archaeology and the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University and co-founder of the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406. Presented by the Worcester chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

    October Tour of the Month
    Lift the Cup: A History of Wine in the WAM Collection
    Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 19 (2 p.m.)
    Travel from the Renaissance to present day to observe how various cultures have enjoyed and celebrated the fruits of the vine. Worcester Art Museum Docent Antonella Doucette leads visitors on a spirited tour of the Museum's permanent collection. Free with Museum 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.

    Teacher Workshop: Examining Portraiture and Identity
    Wednesday, Oct. 16 (3:30-6:30 p.m.)
    This workshop, designed for teachers, examines portraits and their multiple layers of meaning across time and cultures. Focus on a broad range of works in the exhibition, Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, and then work in the studio on issues of identity and representation. Participants are invited to bring 3-5 small personal objects. $30M; $40NM. To register, call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Third Thursdays with the Young Members Group
    Thursday, Oct. 17 (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. Others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for youth 17 and under. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Artist Lecture: Salomon Huerta
    Thursday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.)
    Southern Californian artist Salomon Huerta, who created a portrait especially for the Worcester Art Museum's exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, talks about his work. Huerta explores issues of identity and anonymity by painting the back of his subjects' heads. $6 Members/$8 Nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Family Day: Faces of WAM
    Sunday, Nov. 3 (1-4:30 p.m.)
    Discover many faces of the Worcester Art Museum in this intergenerational afternoon packed with activities including storytelling, tours, performances, and art-making projects. This special day is held in conjunction with the major fall exhibition, Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406. Family Day is sponsored by Fleet.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Nov. 7 (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 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    AIA Lecture
    From Gandhara to China: The Buddhist Road through the Karakorums
    Sunday, Nov. 10 (2:30 p.m.)
    Explore recent findings of rock engravings in the Karakorum Mountains. Intensive archaeological and cultural research has uncovered hundreds of petroglyphs representing secular scenes, Buddhist human and architectural motifs, and inscriptions in many languages. A Boston University professor, guest lecturer Mohammad Rafique Mughal specializes in the Indus Valley, Buddhist archaeology, and Islamic archaeology. He works with UNESCO and was at one time the director general of the Department of Antiquities in Pakistan. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406. Presented by the Worcester chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

    Concert: WPI Brass Ensemble
    Sunday, Nov. 10 (3 p.m.)
    Enjoy the music of this dynamic ensemble from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a splendid setting-the Worcester Art Museum's Renaissance Court. Limited seating and unlimited standing room available. 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.

    Lecture: Kunisada in Context
    An Exploration of the Most Prolific Japanese Ukiyo-e Artist
    Thursday, Nov. 14 (6:30 p.m.)
    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) is one of the most celebrated and prolific woodblock print designers of the 19th century, producing thousands of designs during his lifetime. In this special guest lecture, British scholar Dr. P. Ellis Tinios, an honorary lecturer at the University of Leeds and an honorary fellow at SOAS, London University, shares his current research on the work of the artist and his importance within the Ukiyo-e school, focusing on subjects such as actors and beautiful women. Dr. Louise E. Virgin, Worcester Art Museum's curator of Asian art, presents works by Kunisada from the Museum's collection. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 777-4406. This lecture is organized in collaboration with the College of the Holy Cross.

    November Tour of the Month
    Face It! The History and Meaning of Portraiture
    Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 23 (2 p.m.)
    Portraits, a common genre in art from ancient times to the present, are more than merely pictures of the sitters. Tour the Worcester Art Museum exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits with Museum Docent Angela McClain to learn more about the subjects, the artists, and the culture of these portraits. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursdays with the Young Members Group
    Thursday, Nov. 21 (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. Others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for youth 17 and under. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Artist Lecture: John Ahearn
    Thursday, Nov. 21 (7 p.m.)
    Featured in the exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, New York artist John Ahearn discusses his work at the Worcester Art Museum. Over the years, Ahearn has captured, in sculptural form, the life and spirit of his New York City community. $6 Members/$8 Nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    10th Annual Food Drive
    Friday, Nov. 29 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    Support area food pantries and homeless shelters by contributing non-perishable food to the Worcester Art Museum's 10th Annual Food Drive. Deliver your non-perishable food donations to any of the Museum entrances on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and enjoy free Museum admission that day. All contributions benefit the Massachusetts Veterans, Inc., the Mustard Seed, and Rachel's Table. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Dec. 5 (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 seniors/students, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    WPI Holiday Concert
    Sunday, Dec. 8 (3 p.m.)
    Embrace the holiday spirit with a rousing performance by Worcester Polytechnic Institute's orchestra and chorus in the magnificent Renaissance Court at the Worcester Art Museum. Limited seating and unlimited standing room available. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    December Tour of the Month
    Eve's Legacy: Women in Western Society
    Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 14 (2 p.m.)
    Join Worcester Art Museum Docent Ronnie Waters to explore Eve's legacy in artworks throughout the Museum, including in the exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits. This tour considers the influence the Book of Genesis has had on the way women have been viewed in Western culture from the 12th century forward. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and students with ID, free for Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Gallery Talk: Susan L. Stoops, Curator of Contemporary Art
    Thursday, Dec. 12 (5:30 p.m.)
    Worcester Art Museum Curator Susan L. Stoops, who organized the exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits, shares her views of a selected group of works. Meet at the Salisbury Street entrance. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/ students with ID, free: Members and youth 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Holiday Concert
    Sunday, Dec. 15 (3 p.m.)
    The Worcester Art Museum hosts a holiday concert featuring Worcester's St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Ian Watson. Limited seating and unlimited standing room available. 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.

    Third Thursdays with the Young Members Group
    Thursday, Dec. 19 (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. Others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under. To join the Young Members Group, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    December Workshops for Kids
    Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27 (10 a.m.-Noon or 12:30-2:30 p.m.)
    Looking for something fun to do during the school vacation? Enroll children ages 5-12 in two-hour workshops that combine a gallery tour and art-making session. For a Classes brochure, call the Worcester Art Museum at (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129. Pre-registration is required. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    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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