December 5, 2018
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute continues its popular “Looking and Lunching” series with “Close to Shore” on Thursday, December 20 at 12 pm. Alexis Goodin, curator of the special exhibition Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, leads an in-depth discussion of one of the Clark’s iconic paintings, J. M. W. Turner’s Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water. Goodin discusses the painting’s subject and situates it within broader concerns of the time, specifically maritime safety.

The half-hour discussion in the permanent collection galleries is followed by continued discussion over lunch with the presenter and fellow art lovers.

This program is free with gallery admission. Plan to arrive early to pre-order and purchase your meal or bring your own lunch. Limited seating available. Meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center.

Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape is on view December 15, 2018–March 10, 2019.


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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, 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. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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