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Clark Reading Group to Focus on Art Controversies

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2010

 “Controversies in Art,” the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s four-week reading group, will focus on the most pressing controversies in the art and museum communities. The group will meet on Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, at 7 pm, at the Clark. Books are available for purchase from the museum shop. Free; space is limited. RSVP to 413 458 0524.

Participants will discuss a range of subjects including the impact of war and the disputed nature of cultural property. Books to be discussed are The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities - From Italy’s Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums, 2007, by Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini, on February 3; The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, 1994, by Lynn Nicholas, on February 10; Thieves of Baghdad, 2005, by Matthew Bogdanos and William Patrick, on February 17; and Who Owns Native Culture?, 2003, by Michael Brown, on February 24.

“Controversies in Art” is held in conjunction with the ongoing lecture series “Monuments in Peril.” Lectures in the series are: “The Rape of Europa” on February 28, at 3 pm, and “Ransacking Iraq: The Destruction of the Iraqi National Museum” on March 2, at 7 pm. Lectures are free.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. 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 $15 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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