Remington Looking West Opening Lecture February 17 at the Clark
For Immediate Release
February 06, 2008
Look to the west as Cody Hartley, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s assistant curator of American art, opens the exhibition Remington Looking West with a free public talk on Sunday, February 17 at 2 pm at the Clark. In this lecture, Hartley will lead a visual scouting party, exploring Frederic Remington’s art and his lifelong fascination with acts of looking, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Hartley will describe the experience of visiting the Frederic Remington Art Museum, in Odgensburg, NY, to work with Remington’s personal cache of photographs, sketchbooks, ledgers, and other materials. That research changed his understanding of the artist and influenced the exhibition. In particular, Hartley's talk emphasizes how this evidence confirms the importance of acts of vision, and related concepts like surveillance and reconnaissance, in Remington’s art.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Frederic Remington shaped America’s vision of the West with illustrations, sculpture, and painting. Remington Looking West brings together the Clark’s iconic works by the artist with those from public and private collections to explore how he came to this vision and how it evolved throughout his career. Also included in the exhibition are photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks from his personal collection that allow you to “look over Remington’s shoulder” and understand his working process. Remington Looking West is on view February 17 through May 4.
“Looking West with Frederic Remington” is sponsored by WGBY Public Television for Western New England.
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.