Discover “American Beauties” at the Clark During Winter Course

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2005

To coincide with the Clark's exhibitions: Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History, and Hail to the Chiefs, this year's winter course, “American Beauties”, will explore the themes of American painting and decorative art during the 18th- and 19th-centuries. Starting with Gilbert Stuart's great presidential portraits, the series of four slide lectures will also focus on the work of the silversmith Paul Revere and his contemporaries, the relationships between American painters such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent and their European counterparts, and contrasting images of the East coast and the West painted by Homer, Remington and others.

Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education, will kick off the series on Wednesday, November 2 at 1 pm. Cassin will explore “Washington Crossing the Delaware, Cole Crossing the Atlantic: Early American Portraiture and Landscape Painting.” This series of auditorium lectures, held on the first Wednesday of the month November through February, is open to the public. Cost per lecture is $6 for non-members, $4 for members; cost for the series of four lectures is $22 for non-members, $15 for members. No reservations are needed, however, those wishing to pre-register may call 413-458-0563.

“American Beauties” continues with “Paul Revere and American Decorative Arts” on December 7 with Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, who will also give the third lecture, “Americans Abroad: Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and William Merrit Chase,” on January 4. Cassin will close the series with “East is East and West is West: Paintings by Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington” on February 1.

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 is free November through May. Admission June through October is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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