Menil Collection Director to Present George Heard Hamilton Memorial Lecture October 25 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2005

Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection in Houston, will give the George Heard Hamilton Memorial Lecture “Exhibitions, Scholarship, and Museum Culture,” on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Helfenstein will compare exhibition projects at different museums, and the various implications of these different sites and types of institutions. Thanks to his own career, he will be able to consider the question of exhibitions from the perspective of a European municipal collection, an American university museum, and a major American private institution.

Before being named director of the Menil Collection in 2004, Helfenstein was director of the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor in the university’s School of Art and Design. He is a well-known scholar of 19th- and 20th-century and contemporary art and one of the world’s leading Paul Klee scholars, having served as chief curator of the Kunstmuseum Berne’s Paul Klee Foundation from 1988 to 2000.

George Heard Hamilton, professor of art emeritus at Williams College, and director of the Clark from 1966 to 1977, died in 2004. Hamilton was founder of the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams, offered jointly by Williams College and the Clark. The annual memorial lecture is co-sponsored by the graduate program.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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