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Discover Strange Sea Creatures in a Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 06, 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. On Thursday, October 13, Terri Boccia, Acquisitions Librarian and Special Projects Officer, will introduce visitors to a rare and unusual book from the Clark’s library: Conrad Gesner’s De piscium et aquatilium animantium natura (1558). This document from the Age of Exploration depicts real and legendary sea creatures such as the Sea Devil, a monster with a seal’s tail, a human-like torso, a lion’s head, and horns. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase lunch from the coffee cart before or after the talk.

The Looking at Lunchtime series continues 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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October 13: 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. On Thursday, October 13, Terri Boccia, Acquisitions Librarian and Special Projects Officer, will introduce visitors to a rare and unusual book from the Clark’s library: Conrad Gesner’s De piscium et aquatilium animantium natura (1558). This rare document from the Age of Exploration depicts real and legendary sea creatures such as the Sea Devil, a monster with a seal’s tail, a human-like torso, a lion’s head, and horns. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase lunch from the coffee cart before or after the talk. The Looking at Lunchtime series continues 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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