July 31, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute welcomes guest lecturer Nicole Myers, the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art, for “Berthe Morisot and the Making of Modernity” on Saturday, August 18 at 11 am. The free lecture will be held in the auditorium, located in the Clark’s Manton Research Center.

The Clark’s current special exhibition, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, features the works of artists from around the world, drawn to Paris’s academies, museums, studios, and salons. Myers discusses the often-overlooked work of these artists, as well as the obstacles they faced during their careers, focusing on artist Berthe Morisot.

One of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt, Morisot began exhibiting in 1864 with the Salon, an organization previously composed of almost exclusively male artists. Ten years later, however, she joined “rejected” Impressionists Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley in the first of their own exhibitions. Morisot formed the Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs in 1881, a group of dozens of women artists who had faced rejection and even ridicule.


Nicole Myers joined the Dallas Art Museum in 2016. She was previously Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (NAMA) in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Dallas Art Museum, she oversees the Modern European collection, including paintings and sculpture from 1800 to 1945.

Myers specializes in nineteenth-century French painting. Her doctoral thesis was on the French master Gustave Courbet. Before joining NAMA, she was a curatorial researcher at The Met, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.


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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