Cuban Artist Expands Horizon On Walls of Worcester Art Museum
(WORCESTER, Mass., September 15) - Cuban-born artist Glexis Novoa worked in residence at the Worcester Art Museum to map out a graphite and gold-leaf skyline on the walls of the Contemporary Art Gallery.
His mural will be on view at the Museum from Oct. 17, 2003 to Feb. 22, 2004. Novoa will be the guest of an artist talk and opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered following the talk.
Novoa, who has lived in Miami since 1995, is known for his meticulously-rendered graphite landscapes. Anchoring his drawing with a single horizon line spanning the walls of the room, Novoa juxtaposes real and imagined, ancient and modern architectural structures, from anonymous skyscrapers to the Pyramids of Giza.
These monuments to human achievement and power raise questions about today's post-utopian environment, said Curator of Contemporary Art Susan Stoops. The absence of humans in the drawing positions us in relation to this miniature world as though scanning at a distance or surveying through a lens.
The elements in the drawing are guided by the artist's personal experience of place, most notably his exile from Cuba but also a recent visit to explore the environs of Worcester. The imagery and temporary nature of the drawings engage the viewer simultaneously in memory and observation, nostalgia and social critique.
This project is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. Additional generous support provided by David & Marlene Persky and Worcester Magazine.
About the Worcester Art Museum
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 year-round studio art and art appreciation program enrolls over 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.