June 13, 2017

Williamstown, MA—In celebration of the summer exhibition, Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, the Clark Art Institute hosts a summer book club focusing on three novels set in or inspired by the Gilded Age in New York. All sessions are free, but reservations are required. To reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524.

The book club meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in June, July, and August in the reading room, located in the Manton Research Center. Clark staff members facilitate discussion of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (June 28), Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad (July 26), and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (August 30), making connections to Orchestrating Elegance and artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s design of an elaborate, elegant music room for American industrialist Henry Gurdon Marquand.

The book club is free and open to the public. Wine and sparkling water are available for purchase. Books are available for advance purchase in the Museum Store, located in the Clark Center.

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 Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. 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 4303.
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