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Jay Clarke Highlights Manton Collection at July 9 Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

July 02, 2009

Jay Clarke, the newly appointed Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, will discuss highlights from the Manton Collection at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, July 9, at 12:30 pm. This lecture, part of the “Looking at Lunchtime” gallery talk series, is free with paid gallery admission.

One of the greatest collections of British art assembled in the past fifty years, the Manton Collection includes more than 200 watercolors, drawings, and prints by influential British artists including J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough. Currently on view is Constable’s early masterpiece The Wheatfield. Famous for its subtle beauty and ineffable poetry, the painting reflects Constable’s contemplative views of the English countryside and strikingly naturalistic oil studies. The Manton Collection also features superb watercolors and prints from the “golden age” of British watercolor painting, highlighting the work of such masters as Thomas Girtin and Samuel Palmer. Clarke will discuss selections from the Manton Collection.

Before joining the Clark staff in May, Clarke was the associate curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curated numerous exhibitions. Her most recent exhibition, Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth, received critical and popular acclaim and was hailed by The New York Times as “a thrilling exhibition” and by the Chicago Tribune as “among the institute’s finest of the last 30 years.” Clarke holds a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture from Brown University.

The series continues on Thursday, August 13, when Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, discusses Winslow Homer’s engaging painting, The Bridle Path. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food at the Clark or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talks. “Looking at Lunchtime” talks are free with paid gallery admission.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm daily in July and August (closed Mondays, September through June). 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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