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    Master Series

    The Worcester Art Museum's Master Series gives a close up look at one or two works by six signature artists.  Exhibited in select galleries throughout the Museum, these intimate displays allow for contemplation and study of some of the world's most celebrated artists.

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    Master Series Third Thursdays

    Enjoy an art talk related to one of the featured Master Series artists, plus music, cash bar, cheese and crackers - and the company of other art enthusiasts! Free with Museum admission. Free for college students with current / valid I.D. See our Upcoming Events listed below.

     
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    Watch videos from Master Series Events filmed by WGBH Forum Network. Look for the video icon in our Past Events section below.

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    Master Series  Third Thursdays

    Indian

    The Storm (a lady taking shelter from the monsoon wind and rain)

    September 15, 2016, 6pm

    The Figurative and the Narrative in Courtly and Contemporary Art of India

    Speaker: Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs

    Jacob Lawrence

    The 1920's...The Migrants Cast Their Ballots

    October 15, 2016 - February 5, 2017

    October 20, 2016, 6pm

    Speaker: Valerie J. Mercer, Curator of the General Motors Center for African American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts

    Renoir

    The Jewish Wedding

    September 24, 2016 - March 26, 2017

    November 17, 2016, 6pm

    Speaker: Judith Dolkart, Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art

    Cassatt

    Reine Lefebvre Holding a Nude Baby / Simone in a White Bonnet Seated with Clasped Hands (No. 3)

    February 16, 2017

    Speaker: Heather Lemonedes, Curator of Drawings, Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Berrío

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    with Bishop Saints

    March 11 - July 9, 2017

    March 16, 2017

    Speaker: Thomas B.F. Cummins, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art, Harvard University

    Greek

    Master Vases

    April 5 - October 1, 2017

    April 20, 2017

    Speaker: Paula Artal-Isbrand, objects conservator, Worcester Art Museum; Amanda Reiterman, Historian.

    Chinese

    Lady with a Red Box

    May 13 - August 20, 2017

    May 18, 2017

    Speaker: Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Worcester Art Museum

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    Master Series  Third Thursdays

    William Hogarth

    Portraits of William James
    and Elizabeth James

    Thursday, October 16, 6pm

    Preserving Mr. and Mrs. James:
    Worcester Art Museum conservators Rita Albertson and Philip Klausmeyer discuss their work restoring the Hogarth paintings.

    Norman Rockwell

    Study for "The Nightwatchman"

    Thursday, November 20, 6pm

    Reflections on Rockwell:
    Deborah Solomon, author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell talks about one of America's most beloved artists.

    Raphael

    The Cowper Madonna

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    Thursday, February 19, 6pm

    The Cowper Madonna:
    Scholar Linda Wolk-Simon, Director and Chief Curator, University Collections, Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University, sheds light on the Renaissance master, Raphael.

    This lecture is generously supported by the Robert and Amelia Hutchinson Haley Lectures Fund.

    Anthony van Dyck

    Portrait of a Man

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    Thursday, March 19, 6pm

    Portrait of a Man:
    Matthew Cushman, project conservator at Yale University, and Jon L. Seydl, director of curatorial affairs and curator of European art, discuss what conservation has revealed about this painting by Anthony van Dyck.

    Rembrandt

    The Three Musicians
    and The Stone Operation

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    Thursday, April 16, 6pm

    Rembrandt and Fallibility: 
    Jon L. Seydl, director of curatorial affairs and curator of European art, shares insights on two early works by the Dutch master.

    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Fujiwara no Yasumasa
    Playing the Flute by Moonlight

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    Thursday, May 21, 6pm

    Yoshitoshi: 
    Composer Shirish Korde will speak about the different types of historical Japanese flutes. Flutist Alice Jones will perform three musical pieces, including Korde's famed "The Tenderness of Cranes."

    John Brewster, Jr.

    Portrait of Mary Coffin

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    Thursday, September 17, 6pm

    A Deaf Artist in Early America: The World of John Brewster, Jr.: John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was a prolific, deaf itinerant painter, who produced many portraits of New England families, especially their children. Speaker: Paul D'Ambrosio, President and CEO at Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum

    Terri Priest

    Static Variations: Blue x 2

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    Thursday, October 15, 6pm

    Work by Worcester native Terri Priest (who passed away in 2014) is as varied as it is loved. Learn more about the woman behind this newly acquired work by the Worcester Art Museum. Speaker: Roger Dunn, Bridgewater State University

    Olmec

    Incised Standing Figure

    Thursday, November 19, 6pm

    Although small in stature, this stone figure reveals much about Olmec religion and culture. Learn what research performed in WAM's conservation lab has uncovered about this figure's facial scarification, body modification, and other spiritual symbols. Speaker: John Garton, Clark University

    Pierre Bonnard

    Dining Room in the Country

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6pm

    Explore Bonnard's enigmatic and delightful country scene through this exciting loan. Speaker: Worcester Art Museum Director Matthias Waschek

    Roman

    Helmet for a Gladiator

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    March 17, 2016, 6pm

    Roman Spectacular Blood Sports:
    Both magnificent and menacing, the Worcester gladiatorial helmet invites us to enter the world of the Roman arena with its spectacular combats of men against men and against beasts... Read more
    Speaker: Donald G Kyle, Professor of History, University of Texas, Arlington

    Vision, Perception, and Art

    April 21, 2016, 6pm

    Dr. Margaret Livingstone will explore the topic of Vision, Perception, and Art, focusing on objects in WAM's permanent collection, including Paul Signac's pointillist work Golfe Juan. Speaker: Margaret Livingstone, Takeda Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

    Joachim Meyer

    Die Kunst des Fechtens
    ("The Art of Combat")

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    May 19, 2016, 6pm

    Learn about this rare and important German fencing manual, and explore the fascinating prints it contains to illustrate the Art of Combat. Speaker: Jeffrey Forgeng, Curator of Arms, Armor, and Medieval Art, Worcester Art Museum.

    Press Release

    2014-2015 Programming Series Provides New Lens for Examining Masterpieces Drawn from Collection and Major Loans from Institutions Worldwide