For Immediate Release
November 2, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Saturday, November 11 at 1 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a talk by prolific author Alexander Nemerov who discusses his new book, The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s. The event takes place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s is part truth, part fiction—a series of tales centering on a visionary experience in the last years of America as a heavily forested land. Praised by Annie Proulx ("deeply beautiful,” “astonishingly tender,” “one of the richest books ever to come my way,”), Edmund de Waal (“moving and shocking and beautiful, an extraordinary achievement”), and others, The Forest conjures a lost world of shade and sun. 

Nemerov is the author of many books, including Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, short-listed for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Prize in Biography. He teaches art history at Stanford University.

Free. A book signing follows the talk. Copies of The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s will be available for purchase at the talk and in the Museum Store. For more information, visit

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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