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James A. Ganz to Give Opening Lecture on French Photography October 4

For Immediate Release

September 17, 2003

James A. Ganz, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Clark Art Institute, will give the introductory lecture about the exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography, on Saturday, October 4, at 2 p.m. His topic will be the work of pioneering French photographer Édouard Baldus (1813-1889) and the series of photographs the artist created in 1856 on the grounds of the Château de La Faloise. Admission to the lecture is free. A reception will follow.

Ganz, curator of the Baldus exhibition, has been at the Clark since 1996 and has organized such exhibitions as Early Photography/Eight Months Out, Piece by Piece: Putting Art Together, Taking Art Apart, and Goltzius and the Third Dimension. He teaches courses on the history of prints and photography in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. His publications include essays and reviews in such journals as The Burlington Magazine, The Magazine Antiques, and Print Quarterly.

Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography explores Baldus's Château de La Faloise series, featuring the family and friends of château owner Frédéric Bourgeois de Mercey. The nine photographs, most of which exist in only one print, will be reunited for the first time in the exhibition opening at October 4. The exhibition unveils the mystery behind these photographs and explores them in the context of the golden age of French photography in the 1850s.  The exhibition comprises approximately 50 19th-century photographs by Baldus and his contemporaries, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Nègre, Charles Marville, and Camille Silvy. Édouard Baldus will be on view at the Clark from through December 28.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free) through October 31; admission is free beginning November 1. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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