New York Critic Peter Schjeldahl to Speak on "Painting" and "Beauty" October 24 and 25

For Immediate Release

October 16, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (October 16, 2000) – Peter Schjeldahl, art critic of The New Yorker, will give two lectures on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25, at 5:00 p.m., at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. His October 24 talk is entitled "Painting." On October 25, his topic will be "Beauty." The lectures are co-sponsored by the Clark and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in honor of George Heard Hamilton, second director of the Clark and first director of the Graduate Program. Admission to both lectures is free, and a reception will follow the Tuesday presentation.

Before joining The New Yorker in 1998, Peter Schjeldahl was an art critic at The Village Voice from 1990 to 1998, and previously wrote for Seven Days and The New York Times. His numerous honors include the Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinguished art criticism and a Guggenheim Foundation grant. He is the author of The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings 1987-1990 and other collections. Schjeldahl teaches a senior seminar at Harvard University.

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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