Clark to Present Lecture on Turner and Melville August 9

For Immediate Release

August 01, 2003

Robert K. Wallace, author of the book Melville and Turner: Spheres of Love and Fright, will give a public lecture about writer Herman Melville and British artist J.M.W. Turner at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 9, at 2 p.m. His talk, entitled "Turner Paintings in Melville's Imagination," is one of a series of Saturday lectures in connection with the current exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes. The lecture is free with gallery admission.

Wallace is guest curator of the current exhibitions "Meditation and Water are Wedded Forever: Turner Seascapes from Melville's Print Collection" at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, and "Dreamy, Shady, Quiet, Enchanting, Romantic": Turner Landscapes from Melville's Print Collection at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. Wallace is professor of literature and language at Northern Kentucky University. He has organized exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. His many publications include the book Frank Stella's Moby Dick: Words and Shapes, and essays on Melville's print collection in such journals as Harvard Library Art Bulletin and Melville Society Extracts.

The Clark will offer a lecture related to the Turner show every Saturday in August at 2 p.m. For more information, 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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