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Reading Series at the Clark Studies Short Stories of the American West

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2008

While Frederic Remington’s images dominate visions of the West, he was also a profuse writer (and a voracious reader). Cody Hartley, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s assistant curator of American art and curator of Remington Looking West, will lead a four-session reading group focusing on short stories of the American West. The series, “Reading the West,” will be held Wednesdays, March 5, March 19, April 2, and April 16 at 7 pm, at the Clark. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 413-458-0524 to register. There is a $10 materials fee for the series.

Gain new insight into the works and times of Remington by reading some of his finest short stories, as well as stories by Remington’s friends and peers including Owen Wister. In later sessions the group will read stories about the 20th-century West, concluding with works from several contemporary writers.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 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 through May 4.

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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