“Questioning Munch’s Madness” September 27 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2009

Jay A. Clarke will unpack the myth of artist Edvard Munch’s mental instability during a free lecture on Sunday, September 27, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. “Questioning Munch’s Madness” is free and held at 3 pm.

The art of Edvard Munch has become so intertwined with concepts of personal anxiety and torment—as embodied in his iconic The Scream—that his less sensational imagery remains relatively unknown. Clarke, the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark, will consider how history has shaped fascination with the artist’s representations of devouring women and dying family members. She’ll also discuss how history has excluded Munch’s celebratory works such as his paintings and prints of male bathers and Norwegian landscapes created around 1900.

Clarke was previously associate curator of prints and drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. While at the AIC she curated Becoming Edvard Munch 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.”

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open Mondays 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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