New Contemporary Art Show Opens at Worcester Art Museum

WORCESTER, MASS., JANUARY 29, 1999 - Urban Visions, an art exhibition onview at the Worcester Art Museum from February 27 through May 2, 1999, showcases three contemporaryartists whose work examines issues of social space and urban environment. The featured artists -Rita McBride, (U.S), Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia), and Sophie Tottie (Sweden) - create visuallyappealing and conceptually intriguing art that questions how individuals respond to various stagedarchitectural environments. All three artists will create work specifically for the Worcester ArtMuseum.

"While each of these artists has been represented in important international exhibitions, theirprojects remain relatively unknown in the U.S.," says Jessica Morgan, curator of contemporary art. "Through this exhibition of new work and an accompanying full-color catalogue, the Museum aims tobroaden awareness of the artists' significant bodies of work; draw attention to an important andvibrant area of contemporary art; and generate discussion about possible junctures between art,architecture, gender, and design."

These artists work in various media, including sculpture, wall drawing, photography, and video.Potrc's and McBride's work will be on view in the Museum's impressive new Gallery of ContemporaryArt, and Tottie's will become the second Wall Project on the second floor of the Museum'sRenaissance Court. Regardless of their form or location, all of the pieces will questionconventional beliefs about the interaction between personal and public space. Plan on viewingUrban Visions and see how it influences your own perception of architecture and its impact on thesurrounding environment.

This exhibition has been generously supported by Lannan Foundation.

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.