Clark to Offer Middle Eastern Cooking Classes June 15, 22, and 29

For Immediate Release

June 08, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (June 8, 2000) - Get a taste for the "Orient" with a cooking class featuring recipes from the Near and Middle East. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will sponsor three classes in connection with the exhibition Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930. Instructor Fatma Kassamali will teach recipes for samosas, couscous, falafel, baklava, zelibi, and more on Thursdays, June 15, 22, and 29, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Cost for each class is $30 ($25 for members of the Clark); cost for all three is $75 ($60 for members). Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to reserve, call the Clark's Education Department at 413-458-2303, extension 363.

The classes will take place in the Kleiser-Walczak kitchen at MASS MoCA.

On view through September 4, Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures traces America's fascination with an imagined, exotic Middle East. Beginning with paintings by Frederic Edwin Church and John Singer Sargent and extending to widespread dissemination in popular culture, including films such as Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik, over one hundred objects illustrate the associations conjured up by the Holy Land, Egypt, and North Africa in the popular imagination of turn of the century America. Organized by the Clark Art Institute, Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures will travel to the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, October 3 to December 10, 2000, and to the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 3 to April 22, 2001.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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