Worcester Art Museum Opens Renaissance Court for Evening of Remembrance

WORCESTER, MASS., SEPTEMBER 21, 2001 - In response to the recent attack on America, the Worcester Art Museum invites members of the community for an evening of remembrance on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The public is welcome to assemble in the Museum's Renaissance Court for quiet reflection. The Court, which has been closed throughout the summer for renovations, has been a gathering space for community events since its construction nearly 70 years ago.

“We wanted to find a way to honor the victims of this recent atrocity and all those who defend freedom,” said Museum Director James A. Welu. “The Museum and its many world treasures are a testament of the triumphs and endurance of the human spirit. Here, we gain a sense of perspective with a collection that spans 5,000 years, crosses all cultures, and represents all religions. In this difficult time, let us find comfort in the presence of this special space and in the company of others.”

The Museum's galleries will also be open. Admission will be free.

At 5 p.m., the Museum will illuminate a display of blue neon stars that were recently installed on the exterior of the building. At 5:30 p.m., Welu will guide a free tour through the Museum, focusing on the generations that have come together to build and sustain this cultural center.

For information, call the Worcester Art Museum at 508.799.4406.

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.