Twentieth-Century Art and Politics Collide December 11 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 20, 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,” concludes on December 11 focusing on social and political art of the twentieth century. 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, free for Williams students).

The final talk in this series will look at works of art made by twentieth-century artists in response to social and political movements and events with which the artists may or may not have agreed. From the provocative art of the Dada-ists, through the work of political muralists and artists like Picasso and Barlach, to the biting “cartoons” of George Grosz and Gerald Scarfe, join Cassin for a look at some of the ways in which the worlds of art and politics connected, and occasionally collided, in the twentieth century.

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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