For Immediate Release
May 19, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a book talk by Western Massachusetts’ own Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop. Alsop is the author of Daughter of Spies: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies, a memoir that traces the shape of her parents' marriage from a wildly romantic wartime courtship in England to a glamorous life in Cold War Washington, D.C. The event takes place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

An unflinching examination of her relationship with her brave yet difficult mother, a decoding agent in World War II London, Alsop’s book tells a timely story about the pioneering women who helped win the war, the difficult choices they faced in postwar America, and the powerful effects of secrets. Winthrop speaks with Sara Houghteling, project assistant for the Clark's Research and Academic Program.

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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 some 300,000 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. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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