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Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Clark Explores Controversial Sculpture Bacchante and Infant Faun (Bacchante et Enfant)

For Immediate Release

September 02, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On the second Thursday of each month, visitors are invited to join members of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute staff for a Looking at Lunchtime talk about some of their personal favorite works in the collection. You might be surprised! Terri Boccia, Acquisitions Librarian and Special Projects Officer, will introduce visitors to Frederick MacMonnies’s bronze sculpture Bacchante and Infant Faun (Bacchante et Enfant) on Thursday, September 8. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase lunch from the courtyard café before or after the talk.

Bacchante and Infant Faun (Bacchante et Enfant) depicts a frolicking young woman holding a bunch of grapes high above her head and a nude infant in the crook of her elbow, evoking the mythical bacchantes who served Bacchus, the infant god of wine.  MacMonnies sculpted Bacchante and Infant Faun in Paris in 1893-94 as a gift for the American architect Charles Follen McKim, who planned to install the sculpture in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library. Clergy, temperance unions, and angry Bostonians decried the sculpture’s “drunken indecency” and the fact that the sculptor had modeled a “naked” woman, rather than depicting a classical nude. In May 1897, the sculpture found a home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead, where it was immensely popular. The Clark cast of Bacchante and Infant Faun is one of the twelve known half-life-size bronzes MacMonnies authorized beginning in 1894.

The Looking at Lunchtime series continues October 13 with Karen Bucky, Collections Access and Reference Librarian; November 10 with Paul Richardson, Assistant Exhibitions Manager; and December 8 with Michael Cassin, Director, Center for Education in the Visual Arts.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship, presenting public and education programs and organizing groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The institution’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences; together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. 

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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September 8: On the second Thursday of each month, visitors are invited to join members of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute staff for a Looking at Lunchtime talk about some of their personal favorite works in the collection. You might be surprised! Terri Boccia, Acquisitions Librarian and Special Projects Officer, will introduce visitors to Frederick MacMonnies’s bronze sculpture Bacchante and Infant Faun (Bacchante et Enfant) on Thursday, September 8. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase lunch from the courtyard café before or after the talk. The Looking at Lunchtime series continues October 13 with Karen Bucky, Collections Access and Reference Librarian; November 10 with Paul Richardson, Assistant Exhibitions Manager; and December 8 with Michael Cassin, Director, Center for Education in the Visual Arts. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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