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A Contemporary Dutch Painting’s Relationship to the Clark’s Impressionists Works at Next Looking at Lunchtime Talk August 9

For Immediate Release

August 02, 2007

A contemporary Dutch painting as it relates to the Clark’s Impressionist works is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, August 9 at 12:30 pm, the Clark’s assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann along with John Stomberg, Deputy Director and Lecturer in Art from the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), will conclude the series of Looking at Lunchtime talks focused on Dutch Dialogues. This half hour gallery talk is free with admission.

Steinmann and Stomberg will discuss contemporary Dutch artist Robert Scholte's Chlamydia, a painting from WCMA’s collection, as it relates to the paintings that currently surround it while on view in the Clark's Impressionist gallery. Scholte's painting re-interprets a well-known nineteenth century painting, Manet's Olympia of 1863, which caused a public scandal when it was exhibited at the Salon of 1865. The dialogue will bring to light issues of sexuality, gender, and the nature of "shock" value, both in Manet's time and today.

Looking at Lunchtime gallery talks continue on Thursday, September 13 with Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education, introducing the works by John Constable included in a recent gift of magnificent British works from the Manton Foundation. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch or picnic to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

Dutch masterpieces meet their matches at the Clark during Dutch Dialogues. On view are four iconic works by Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Jean-François Millet. In addition, two portraits by Frans Hals are reunited for the first time in two centuries, and a work by the contemporary Dutch artist Robert Scholte is juxtaposed with the Clark’s Impressionist paintings. Dutch Dialogues is on view through September 3.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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