Judith M. Lenett Lecture at the Clark to Focus on American Sculptor Alice Morgan Wright

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2005

The Eleventh Annual Judith M. Lenett Memorial Lecture will be presented this year by Lenett Fellow Christine Paglia, M.A., '05, on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m., at the Clark.  Paglia's lecture, "Women's Movements: Modern Dance and a Suffragist Sculptor," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

As a Lenett Fellow, Paglia's project has involved a group of sculptural figures sharing themes of modern dance and the performing arts by sculptor Alice Morgan Wright (1881-1975).  An Albany, New York, native, Wright's work was exhibited in New York City at the Modern Gallery with such artists as Amedeo Modigliani and Constantin Brancusi.  Wright became known as an avant-garde artist as well as an important suffragist. 

Paglia, who graduated from Bowdoin College in 2000 with a B.A. in art history and Spanish, has helped to survey and assess the condition of Wright's collection as a whole and conserve three sculptural figures.  Her lecture will discuss art history drawing attention to Wright and these particular works of art, describing Wright's working techniques and materials, and the conservation treatments these works have required.

The Judith M. Lenett Memorial Fund was established by the family and friends of the late Ms. Lenett, a candidate for the M.A. degree, class of 1983, to provide lectures and seminars in American art and its conservation.  Williams College graduate students with an interest in American art and art conservation may apply for the fellowship at the end of their first year.  The student selected as the Lenett Fellow then works with the staff of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center during his/her second year in the program, culminating in a public lecture in the spring.  The Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, the Clark, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center jointly administer the Lenett Fellowship.

The Clark offers a range of public education and community programs that actively engage people of all ages and backgrounds. Adult education includes art history courses for the public and for the Berkshire Institute of Lifelong Learning.   Frequent gallery talks enhance the experience of the collections, including regular talks for new mothers with infants and monthly talks for working people on their lunch hour.   The Clark offers free public lectures on special exhibitions, the collection, and other topics.   The public is also welcome to hear new research presented by the Clark Fellows and other visiting scholars.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.   The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Gallery admission is free through May.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu

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