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Leading Authorities To Speak About Impression At Clark Symposium August 4

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (July 25, 2001) - Eight leading authorities on Impressionist studies will speak at the Clark Symposium "Painting Quickly, Lasting Impressions" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 4, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday's program will be the public component of a week-long colloquium. The participants will meet in closed sessions throughout the week of July 30 to discuss issues raised by the current exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890. The course of their proceedings will determine the topics for the speakers. Tickets to the symposium are $15 ($12 for members and students), which includes entry to the exhibition. Advance registration is recommended. To register, call 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Scheduled to speak are: Richard R. Brettell, professor of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas, Dallas, and guest curator of Impression; Stephen Eisenman, professor of art history at Northwestern University; Tamar Garb, professor of the history of art at University College, London; independent scholar Richard Kendall; Matthias Krüger, research fellow at the University of Hamburg; Rodolphe Rapetti, chief curator of the Musées de France; Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas, Austin; and Michael F. Zimmermann, deputy director of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschicte, Munich. John House, professor of French and British painting at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, will moderate.

In addition to the Saturday symposium, the speakers will participate in 5:30 p.m. "conversations" summarizing the days' proceedings on Monday, July 30, Tuesday, July 31, Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2. The public is welcome to attend these informal presentations, featuring a different pair of speakers each day.

The Clark is the only North American site for Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, which gathers 77 paintings by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. The show challenges many basic assumptions about Impressionist art and examines works that might truly be called "Impressions"-paintings that appear to be rapid transcriptions of shifting subjects but were nonetheless considered finished by their makers. Impression is on view at the Clark through September 9. Tickets are available at the Clark, online at http://clarkart.edu/exhibitions/paintingquickly/, or by calling 1-866-THE-CLARK (1-866-843-2527). For more information call 413-458-2303.

"Painting Quickly, Lasting Impressions" and other programming related to Impression is supported, in part, by The Coca-Cola Company and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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