First American Showing of Documentary Film on Leonard Baskin and Ted Hughes

For Immediate Release

November 12, 2009

Explore the long friendship between American artist Leonard Baskin and British poet Ted Hughes on Wednesday, December 2, at 5:30 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. A complement to the exhibition Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe, this event will feature a first-time American screening of the fascinating documentary video The Artist and the Poet: Leonard Baskin and Ted Hughes in Conversation. Following the video, there will be a conversation with Lisa Baskin and Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark. Admission is free.

The film is focused around a wonderfully relaxed conversation during which Baskin and Hughes discuss their friendship, artistic collaborations, and the influence they had on one another’s work. The documentary is comprised of images set to an audio recording of the two men, captured by their mutual friend, filmmaker Noel Chanan in 1983. The documentary is especially valuable since Baskin and Hughes spend a significant amount of time discussing their differing conceptions of the crow.

Poets and artists are joined together in Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe. This focused exhibition explores the nature of artistic collaboration as seen in two landmark publications that successfully bring text and image together in celebration of crows and ravens. Crow and Raven is on view through January 10, 2010, and exhibits lithographs and an advertisement designed by Manet, as well as twelve original drawings by Baskin.

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