CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS FREE LECTURE “FROM NAUGHTY TO NICE” AT THE ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART

For Immediate Release
July 7, 2016
[Digital images available upon request]
 
Williamstown, MA—Kathleen Morris, interim senior curator and Marx Director of Exhibitions at the Clark Art Institute, presents “From Naughty to Nice: Nudes from the Prado” on Thursday, July 21 at 6 pm. The free lecture will be held at the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York (www.albanyinstitute.org).
Morris takes a look at the Clark’s summer exhibition Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado, on view at the Clark through October 10, 2016. The collecting and display of paintings of the nude have a fascinating and varied history in the Spanish royal collections—commissioned by some monarchs, sequestered in salas reservadas (private rooms) by others. Now, more than two centuries later, the nude continues to evoke powerful responses—from censorship to celebrated acceptance.
Learn the histories of magnificent paintings by Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Guercino, and others, and hear the backstory of how the exhibition came to be.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.  
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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