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Last Defense: The Genius of Japanese Meiji Metalwork
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), the political revolution when power was restored to the emperor from the samurai class, this exhibition focuses on the genius and versatility of metalworkers during this transitional moment. With the decline of the samurai class and its privileges, armor-makers.such as the renowned four centuries-old Myochin family of metalworkers, applied their exemplary skills and artistry to develop new types of metal products, from toys to decorative art. This show features magnificent works from the Museum's Higgins collection, as well as a special selection of loans.

When: Sep 13, 2017 12am to Sep 2, 2018 12am in Worcester, MA
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Free First Saturdays: Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum offers free admission on the first Saturday morning of each month.

The Worcester Art Museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture.

View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum's many other treasures.

Special exhibitions showcase the masterworks, seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan.

When: Jan 6, 2018 12am to Dec 1, 2018 12am in Worcester, MA

Exploring the Myths of James Dye

This exhibition, a collaboration with ARTSWorcester, presents work by James Dye, winner of the 2017 ArtsWorcester Biennial. Developed in concert with the artist from a series of studio visits, the project will be a solo presentation, including the winning work of art as Best in Show.

Related event: Opening Reception on Thursday, April 19, 5:30 to 8pm.
Free with Museum admission.

This exhibition is organized in collaboration with ARTSWorcester and supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Media partners: Worcester Magazine and Artscope

Image: Temple of the Burdened Host © James Dye, used with permission

When: Apr 7, 2018 12am to Sep 2, 2018 12am in Worcester, MA
Cost: Free with Museum admission

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About Worcester, MA
Worcester Massachusetts is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth" and is New England's second largest city with a population of over 170 thousand people of many diverse backgrounds and heritages. Worcester MA was incorporated first as a township in 1722 and then as a city in 1848. Worcester covers a land area of 37.5 square miles.

Find local Worcester homes for sale and business listings and explore the local community. Worcester is a city steeped in history-General Washington rode through here, Abraham Lincoln slept here and John Adams taught school here. The valentine card got its beginnings here as did the first experiments in rockets by the famed Robert H. Goddard. The birth control pill was invented here!

The city is well noted for its fine educational and cultural facilities which include Worcester State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption College, Clark University, Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It hosts the acclaimed Worcester Music Festival which is the nation's oldest annual festival and has been ongoing since 1858. Since the late 1980's biotechnology has been vital to Worcester's economy.

With all of its institutes of higher learning and biotechnology Worcester is none the less a predominantly residential city. Within its boundaries are more than 1200 acres of city owned park land and fifty public schools to educate its more than 20 thousand children. Worcester is a city that is extremely proud of its past and secure with its future.

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