Worcester Art Museum Celebrates Hudson River School Exhibition with Lectures and Poetry Readings

WORCESTER, MARCH 15, 1999 - Immerse yourself in the Hudson River School of Painting this spring with engaging lectures and poetry readings at the Worcester Art Museum. And while you're here, luxuriate in the serenity of approximately 75 works from America's first national school of landscape painting with the exhibition "All that is Glorious Around Us": Paintings from the Hudson River School, on view at the Museum from March 13 - June 27, 1999.

Lecture Series -- The Hudson River School: A Panoramic View

This series of lectures explores themes and ideas important to Hudson River School artists, including the role of tourism, the portrayal of Native Americans, and the study of geology. Cost for the series is $40 (member), $48 (non-member). Individual lectures cost $12 (members), $15 (non-members). The exhibition will be open for special viewing hours from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the lecture dates.

Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m.
David R. Brigham, Worcester Art Museum
The Hudson River School in Cultural Context

Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.
John Conron, Clark University
The Picturesque in American Landscape

Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Thomas Doughton, Native American Scholar and Author
"A Little Less Than Glorious:" Invisibility, Disappearance, and Vanishing Indians in Landscape Painting of the Early Republic

Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Rebecca Bedell, Wellesley College
The Role of Rocks: Geology and the Hudson River School

Hudson River Lectures and Poetry Readings

Poetry in the Galleries: Words Inspired by the Land

Join local poets as they read works inspired the Hudson River School of Painting. Presented in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association. Readings are FREE with Museum admission, and will be held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on the following dates: March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27.

The Poetry of Christopher Merrill

Hear readings by nationally acclaimed poet Christopher Merrill as he reads his own works inspired by the natural world on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. This event is brought to you in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association, and support from the Worcester Cultural Commission. Admission is FREE, but participants must reserve space by calling 508.799.4406, x3007.

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.