For Immediate Release
July 9, 2015

Williamstown, MA—Heather Nolin, Arthur Ross Collection Research Associate and Project Manager, Yale University Art Gallery, considers the importance of place in James McNeill Whistler’s work in a lecture at the Clark Art Institute on Friday, July 24 at 3:30 pm. The lecture will be held at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.
The Clark’s exhibition Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White explores works created from many periods in Whistler’s career: as student in Paris, absorbing the lessons of his contemporaries and the Old Masters; as an emerging artist in London, forging a name for himself; and as a well-known artist and teacher in Venice. Nolin explores how site affected the artist’s approach to serial imagery.
Whistler’s most famous painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother), known familiarly as Whistler’s Mother, is the centerpiece of the exhibition, which also includes a selection of prints and drawings by Whistler as well as Japanese woodblock prints that inspired the artist and ephemera that explore the image’s role in popular culture.
Heather Nolin is the curator of the exhibition Whistler in Paris, London, and Venice, on view through July 19 at the Yale University Art Gallery.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm; open September through June, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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