Lecture on "Turner and Impressionism" at the Clark August 16

For Immediate Release

August 05, 2003

Senior curator Richard Rand will give the public lecture "Out of the Darkness and into the Light: Turner and Impressionism" at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. The lecture 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.

Richard Rand has been senior curator of paintings and sculpture at the Clark Art Institute since 1997. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1995. He is the author of Intimate Encounters: Love and Domesticity in Eighteenth- Century France as well as numerous articles, reviews, and essays in museum catalogues and in journals such as The Burlington Magazine and Gazette des Beaux Arts. At the Clark he has coordinated such major exhibitions as Jean-Francois Millet: Drawn into the Light, Rossetti in the 1860s, Impression: Painting Quickly in France 1860-1890, and Turner: The Late Seascapes.

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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