For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s summer book club, held in conjunction with the exhibition Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, continues on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 pm with Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad. The session will be held in the reading room, located in the Manton Research Center. The book club is free, although reservations are required. To reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524.
Wine and sparkling water will be available for purchase, and books will be available for sale in the book shop in advance of the book club meeting.
The book club focuses on novels set in or inspired by the Gilded Age in New York, making connections to Henry Gurdon Marquand’s elegant music room designed by artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The Innocents Abroad recounts Twain’s voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867—a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life.
The final meeting on August 30 at 7 pm features Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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 270,000 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, 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 or call 413 458 2303.
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