Williamstown, Massachusetts—Williams College art professor Guy Hedreen leads “Looking at Lunchtime,” a half-hour gallery talk, at the Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:30 pm. The talk takes place in the special exhibition galleries in the Clark Center and is free with admission.
Among the earliest types of nude in western art is the nymph—the “presence” or power of a spring, pond, tree, or mountain, envisioned as a young woman not yet tied down by marriage or family. Her frequent companion and would-be lover, the satyr, embodies a primordial relationship between nature and culture, animal and human, long ago left behind by the advance of civilization, and surviving to this day primarily in art. In this talk, Hedreen explores aspects of nature, gender, and sexuality in several pictures of these demigods in the exhibition Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado.
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, consisting of 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 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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