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  • Enjoy Contributions of Renowned Women Photographers

    WORCESTER, MASS, August 17, 2000 - Appreciate the diversity and remarkable achievements of women photographers in this exhibition of works from one of America's foremost photography collections. On view at the Worcester Art Museum from September 16 - November 26, Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection was organized by the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of women's suffrage. The Museum is offering this exhibition in conjunction with Women 2000, a commemoration of The First National Convention of Women's Rights, held in 1850, in Worcester, Mass.

    The show features more than 50 works that emphasize the diversity and richness of women's approaches to the photographic medium. Distinguished works by most of the grand dames of photography are featured, including those by the 19th-century pioneers Julia Margaret Cameron, Geneviève-Elisabeth Disd&eactue;ri, and Gertrude Käsebier; as well as 20th century artists such as Anne W. Brigman, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, Jan Groover, and Carrie Mae Weems.

    Individually, the works reflect the personal vision of each artist. As a group, they articulate the breadth of women's experience by confronting cliches and social expectations. Landscape, portraiture, and genre subjects are featured, as well as documentary and photojournalistic photographs. While some of the photographs represent stylish fantasy, others depict allegory and reflect on issues of aging, sexuality, and self-definition.

    When the exhibition is on display in Worcester, the Worcester Women's History Project will hold Women 2000 from October 20 -22 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of The First National Convention of Women's Rights. Held in 1850, this convention linked the issues of racial and gender equality by passing a bold resolution that demanded "equality before the law, without distinction of sex or color." Participants saw the Worcester Convention as the beginning of the organized women's right movement. Women 2000 is a call to action to continue the dialogue begun 150 years ago. It will provide a forum for discussion about the present status of women, and explore the challenges and opportunities for the future. In addition to the Worcester Art Museum's exhibition of women's photographs, Women 2000 events include a dramatic historical interpretation of the 1850 convention at Mechanics Hall and a conference at Worcester's Centrum Centre. For more information about Women 2000, call 508-767-1852.

    Admission to the Worcester Art Museum is free all day on Saturday, September 16. We hope you'll stop by and enjoy the following exhibition opening and events:

    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Opening of Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection - Appreciate the diversity and remarkable accomplishments of women photographers in this exhibition of more than 50 works from one of America's foremost photography collections.

    12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Salisbury Street Sampler - Tour the Worcester Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, Salisbury Mansion, and 13 other Salisbury Street cultural institutions participating in this annual event.

    1 p.m. Dedication of Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Discovery Gallery - Be part of the opening of the new Discovery Gallery, a space where you can discover the nature of looking at, interpreting, and creating art.

    3 p.m. Unveiling of Worcester's Community Mosaic - Celebrate this mammoth creative undertaking and honor the artistic contributions of more than 1,000 friends and neighbors.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. 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. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.