CLARK ART INSTITUTE’S ‘LOOKING AT LUNCHTIME’ EXPLORES ALMA-TADEMA PIANO

For Immediate Release
January 6, 2016
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute welcomes the public to join Curatorial Research Associate Alexis Goodin for a half-hour “Looking at Lunchtime” gallery talk on Tuesday, January 19 at 12:30 pm in Clark Center special exhibition galleries. Goodin will discuss Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s Model D Pianoforte and Pair of Stools, which is currently on view as part of the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting.
 
When the elaborate case of this Steinway piano was displayed in London in 1885, the press called it “splendid,” “remarkable,” and “superb.” Alma-Tadema designed it as the centerpiece of a music room in the Manhattan mansion of financier Henry Marquand. With its lavish materials and decorative flourishes—including the names of Apollo and the Muses inlaid on the lid—it remains one of the grandest grand pianos ever made. The Clark acquired the piano in 1997.
 
Looking at Lunchtime talks are free with paid admission.
 
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, open to the public 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 daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm; open September through June, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. 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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