Lecture on Turner and the Modern World July 26

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2003

Curator of education Michael Cassin will give the public lecture "Rain, Steam, and Speed: Turner and the Modern World," on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. The talk, offered in connection with the exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes, is free with gallery admission.

The Clark will offer a public lecture related to the Turner show every Saturday at 2 p.m. through August. Upcoming topics include "Rockets and Blue Lights" by conservator David Bull on August 2, and "Turner Paintings in Melville's Imagination" by Melville expert Robert K. Wallace on August 9. For more information on upcoming programs, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/turner/.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of Britain's greatest artists. Turner: The Late Seascapes explores the defining years of his career when, at the height of his artistic powers, he painted the sea as a stage for human drama and action. The exhibition features 35 oil paintings and watercolors, including several never before seen in the United States, that represent the culmination of Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. James Hamilton, an eminent Turner specialist from the University of Birmingham, England, organized the exhibition for the Clark. The Clark is the only North American venue for the show.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free).

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