March 13, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In anticipation of the Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition, Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, Clark co-curators Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin join Peter Trippi, co-curator of the exhibition Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, to present the panel discussion “Rediscovering Alma-Tadema” at Manhattan’s National Arts Club on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required; to reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524. 

The curators share their insights on why the remarkable Dutch-born, London based artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) merits attention. Now on tour in the Netherlands, Austria, and England, the exhibition Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity explores the artist’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest was expressed through the two extraordinary studio houses he created in London. Exhibition co-curator Peter Trippi (editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur and former director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art) considers how Alma-Tadema’s paintings fixed ideas in the popular imagination of what life in the ancient past looked like.

Opening June 4, the Clark’s exhibition Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design focuses on the Greco-Pompeian music room Alma-Tadema designed for the Madison Avenue mansion of Gilded Age magnate Henry Marquand. For the first time since 1903, this exhibition brings together many pieces of the expertly crafted furniture suite as well as paintings, Greek terra cottas, and reproduction sculptures of ancient bronzes that were displayed there. Kathleen Morris, the Clark’s Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and curator of decorative arts, and Curatorial Research Associate Alexis Goodin provide a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the exhibition and the rising popularity of the artist.

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. 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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