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Coffee and Cocktails with O’Keeffe Gallery Talks Begin July 10

For Immediate Release

June 25, 2009

Discover the exhibition Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence in a special, small-group setting as part of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s “Cocktails with O’Keeffe” and “Coffee with O’Keeffe” gallery talks. A Clark-exclusive exhibition, Dove/O’Keeffe is the first to explore the artistic dialogue between two important American artists, Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe.

On Friday, July 10, or Monday, July 20, stay late after the museum closes to the public at 5 pm for “Cocktails with O’Keeffe.” Wine and cheese will be served prior to the talks, which begin at 5:30 pm. Cost per talk is $37 and includes all-day admission ($20 for members). On Monday, July 13, or Friday, July 17, arrive before the museum opens to the public at 8:30 am for “Coffee with O’Keeffe.” A continental breakfast will be served prior to the talks, which begin at 9 am. Cost per talk is $32 and includes all-day admission ($18 for members). Space is limited and reservations are required for both events. To RSVP, call 413-458-0524 or visit clarkart.edu.

The life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe have fascinated critics, scholars, and art lovers alike since she burst onto the New York art scene in the early 1900s. Although Dove and O’Keeffe’s approach to imagery ultimately diverged, their shared interest in capturing the ephemeral, fugitive traits of nature—the play of light on water, the transitions of the sun and moon, and the rustle of the wind through grass—was the basis for an abiding commitment to each other’s works and a profound aesthetic connection that lasted throughout their lifetimes.

The exhibition presents 60 major oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and pastels dating from 1910 to the early 1940s. Drawn from both public and private collections, the seminal works on view include O’Keeffe’s Dark Abstraction (1924) and Jack-in-the Pulpit No. VI (1930), and Dove’s Moon (1935) and Fog Horns (1929). The exhibition features works once owned by Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe’s husband and Dove’s longtime friend, as well as works from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This exhibition is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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


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