From Warhol to Christo, Be Amazed at the Many Definitions of the Word “Art” During December 6 Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2006

“Campbell’s Soup to Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Pop Art to Post-Modernism” will be presented by Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education on Wednesday, December 6 as part of the “Post-Impressionism to Post-Modernism” fall course at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This lecture is the last in a series of four evening lectures featuring an introduction to an artistic movement from the late 19th century to the present. Held in the auditorium at 5:30 pm, the lecture is $6 per person ($4 per member). No reservations are needed but those wishing to pre-register may call 413-458-0563.

In the 1950s and '60s, popular culture became a high-profile subject for artists on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States, Andy Warhol celebrated Campbell's Soup and the Brillo Pad, while in the United Kingdom, Peter Blake was designing record covers for the Beatles, and the line between “performance” and “art” was blurred, with the act of art becoming the work of art. In this illustrated lecture, Michael Cassin will look at the amazing, and sometimes confusing, variety of ways the word “art” has been defined in the latter part of the 20th century.

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 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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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