The Gentle and Not So Gentle Art of Political Caricatures November 13 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2008

Through the centuries artists have engaged with, reflected upon, and sometimes influenced the world of politics. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s fall course, “The Art of Politics,” continues on November 13 focusing on the gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, art of the political caricature. Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will present this lecture at 5:30 pm. Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0489. Cost is $6 per class ($4 for members).

In the hands of artists like Daumier, Rowlandson, and Thomas Nast, the pen—and the lithographic crayon—could be at least as mighty as the sword, though they had to be handled carefully, or they could occasionally get the artist into hot water. Join Cassin for a look at examples of whimsical, amusing, hilarious, and sometimes cruel political cartoons, produced from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Cassin will conclude the series with “Political Art in the Twentieth Century” on December 11.

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


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