Clark Conversation at Williams September 18

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2004

The public is invited to the Clark Conversation "Count Kessler, The Cranach Press, and Weimar Culture" on Saturday, September 18, at 2:30 p.m., in Room 3, Griffin Hall, Williams College. The Conversation is a public component of the colloquium "Art, the Book, and the World," organized by the Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute and the Chapin Library of Rare Books, Williams College, in connection with the exhibition The Book as a Work of Art: The Cranach Press of Count Harry Kessler at the Chapin Library and Williams College Museum of Art. Admission to the Clark Conversation is free. A public reception will follow at the Chapin Library.

Count Harry Kessler (1869-1937) was one of the most influential figures of Wilhemine and Weimar Germany. A man of letters, diarist, art collector, and diplomat, Kessler founded the Cranach Press, which published some of the most significant artist books of the early twentieth century.

The Conversation will include a talk by Laird Easton, Kessler's biographer, on Kessler in America, and will engage all the participants in the colloquium in a discussion of Kessler's life, work, and importance. Other participants include: Charles W. (Mark) Haxthausen, director of the Clark Art Institute/Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art; Reinhold Heller, of the University of Chicago; Gunnar Kaldewey of The Kaldeway Press, Poestenkill, N.Y.; Alexandra Gabarini, of Williams College; and John Dieter Brinks, co-organizer of the exhibition.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world.

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