Elizabeth McGrath to Give Two Lectures in Honor of Julius S. Held

For Immediate Release

April 08, 2002

Elizabeth McGrath, curator of the photographic collection at the Warburg Institute of the University of London, will speak at the Clark Art Institute on Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. The two lecture series is entitled "Born of Blackness: Figures of Wonder, Mystery, and Fertility in the Age of Rubens." Part I, on Monday, will focus on "Representations of Black Women from Sibyls to the Queen of Sheba in the Art of Rubens and his Contemporaries." The topic for Part II, on Tuesday, will be "Imagery of Satyrs and Bacchanals." Admission is free. A reception will follow Monday's program.

McGrath is editor of The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes and author of the book Rubens: Subjects from History, which won the 1998 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art.

The two-lecture series is an annual event, co-sponsored with the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, honoring distinguished art historian Julius S. Held, who now lives in Bennington, VT. Born in Germany, Held was professor at Barnard College, Columbia University for more than 30 years. His extensive contributions to the study of Dutch and Flemish art range from the 1947 book Rubens in America to 1982's Flemish and German Paintings of the 17th-Century. His publications also include Rembrandt Studies, The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens, and countless articles and book reviews in such publications as The Art Bulletin, The Burlington Magazine, and Oud Holland. The annual series presents a distinguished scholar in Held's field.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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