Free Lectures Explore Dutch Design and Architecture

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2007

Dutch designers are lauded for a tradition of innovation and making complex and often humorous statements about design and society, which are the topic of lectures “How Dutch Design Will Save You” on July 19 and “Wry and Dry: Humor in Dutch Design and How it Got There” on July 26, both at 7 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Admission to the lectures is free.

How Dutch Design Will Save You – Thursday, July 19
Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and former director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, will discuss recent developments in Dutch architecture and design showing how the Dutch have developed responses to large social issues such as sprawl and sustainability through innovative design rather than merely through technological fixes. A prolific writer and editor, Betsky has been published in many magazines and newspapers and authored over a dozen books. He is currently working on a major volume on modernism in architecture and design.

Wry and Dry: Humor in Dutch Design and How it Got There – Thursday, July 26
Dutch designers have a wry, often irreverent take on the world and the objects with which they populate it. This attitude allows Dutch design to be both functional and fun, thereby giving it a competitive edge. Tracy Metz, author and journalist in the Netherlands and Loeb Fellow '07 at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, will talk about Holland's material culture and the role of design in its creative economy. In addition to her work as a journalist, Metz has become involved in policy-making and research and will begin writing a book on the revitalization of downtown areas in the US and Europe.

This lecture series is organized in collaboration with NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires, a summer-long cultural exchange that showcases vibrant arts from the Netherlands and is the most extensive presentation of Dutch arts and culture ever to be held in the United States.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, 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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