The Clark’s September 11 Lunchtime Talk Focuses on Gérôme’s The Slave Market

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2008

Jean-Léon Gérôme’s painting The Slave Market will be the subject of the Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, September 11. Natasha Becker, assistant director, Mellon Initiative, Research and Academic Program, will lead the talk at 12:30 pm. The talk is free with paid gallery admission.

Gérôme is one of the most important figures in the history of nineteenth century Orientalism. His painterly style was highly realistic with precisely rendered faces, bodies, buildings, and landscapes. His most common subjects were the exoticized and eroticized figures of the Orientalist imagination. The Slave Market c.1867 represents one of the most evocative subjects of Orientalist painting, that of slavery and slave markets in North Africa. This talk will consider Gérôme's visual conventions and modes for illustrating this subject with a special emphasis on stereotypes of the Orient and the savagery and sensuality of the image.

The series continues on Thursday, October 9, with Mark Ledbury, Associate Director of Research and Academic Programs, discussing selections from the exhibition Visions of the Stage: Prints and Drawings, 1600–1800. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk. Talks are free with paid gallery admission.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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