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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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    Master Series Videos

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




    Master Series  Third Thursdays

    Joachim Meyer

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

    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.




    Master Series  Third Thursdays

    William Hogarth

    Portraits of William James
    and Elizabeth James

    Jeppson Idea Lab
    through February 8, 2015

    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"

    Rose Gallery
    November 4, 2014 - February 8, 2015

    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.


    The Cowper Madonna

    Gallery 212
    January 24 - September 27, 2015

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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

    Jeppson Idea Lab
    March 14 - October 11, 2015

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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.


    The Three Musicians
    and The Stone Operation

    [remastered] galleries
    through August 2015

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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

    PDP Gallery
    February 28 - May 24, 2015

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    Thursday, May 21, 6pm

    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

    July 15 - November 29, 2015

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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

    October 7 - January 17, 2015

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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


    Incised Standing Figure

    November 14, 2015- April 3, 2016

    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

    October 8, 2015 - May 1, 2016

    Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6pm

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


    Helmet for a Gladiator


    This event will not include ASL Interpretation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    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

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