Director of the High Museum to Speak at the Clark on November 7

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2006

Michael E. Shapiro, director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and an alumnus of the Williams College/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art (M.A. ’76), will return to the Berkshires to reflect on “The Pleasures and Challenges of the Entrepreneurial Art Museum” on Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 pm. This free talk, held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, is the 2006 George Heard Hamilton Memorial Lecture.

Shapiro will discuss a relatively new and widening gulf that has developed between the practices and values of larger, collection-rich art museums and those of a more nimble, aspirational breed of museums. Shapiro, who has just overseen the major expansion of his Atlanta facility by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, will highlight the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as a case study of the rewards and risks of the new entrepreneurial art museum.

George Heard Hamilton (1910-2004) was director of the Clark from 1966 to 1977 and professor of art emeritus at Williams College. While at the Clark he founded the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams offered in collaboration with the Clark. The annual memorial lecture is sponsored by the graduate program with generous support of the Hamilton family and friends, with additional assistance from the Clark.

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


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