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Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Clark explores Early American Blown Glass

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Join Kathleen Morris, director of exhibitions and collections and curator of decorative arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, on Thursday, November 11, for a Looking at Lunchtime Talk exploring the Albert and June Lauzon Collection of Early American Blown Glass. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the talk.

The Albert and June Lauzon Collection of Early American Blown Glass is distinguished by numerous examples of free-blown, blown pattern-molded, and especially what has traditionally been called "blown-three-mold" glass. While much of the free-blown and blown pattern-molded glass retains the influence of form and decoration of imported European glass, American innovation led to the development of glass that was blown in multiple-part, hinged molds ("blown-three-mold"), a technique that led to specifically American forms and design. The collection also contains significant examples of Bohemian and English glass of the type imported to America, inspiring and stimulating the developing American glass trade.

June Lauzon and her husband Albert were extraordinary supporters of the Clark and avid collectors of fine, early American glass. In their lifetimes they donated pieces from their collection to the Clark and funded the purchase of additional objects. Beginning in 1975, the Lauzons lent a large portion of their impressive collection to the Clark, and donated it in 1981. Throughout her life, June continued to add pieces to the Clark’s collection that now totals 150 pieces, with glass dating from the late-eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century. In a 1988 Clark exhibition, selections from the Lauzon collection highlighted the development of the glass industry in America.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is 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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November 11: Join Kathleen Morris, director of exhibitions and collections and curator of decorative arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, on Thursday, November 11, for a Looking at Lunchtime Talk exploring the Albert and June Lauzon Collection of Early American Blown Glass. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the talk. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact:
pr@clarkart.edu

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