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Brian Allen and James Ganz to Introduce Arctic Diary Exhibition with Public Lecture February 16

For Immediate Release

February 06, 2002

Brian Allen and James A. Ganz, curators of Arctic Diary: Paintings and Photographs by William Bradford, will give an introductory lecture about the exhibition at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. Arctic Diary features 50 photographs and twelve oil paintings by American Luminist artist William Bradford, who made nine trips to the Arctic regions. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Allen is curator of American paintings and director of curatorial administration at the Clark. Ganz is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs.

Immediately following the public lecture, the Clark will offer the "Waiting for the Ice to Melt" party celebrating the opening of the exhibition. Reservations are required to attend the party, which will feature Arctic-inspired cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, musical entertainment, and icy décor reflecting the exhibition's images of glaciers, icebergs, and snowy seascapes. Party-goers are encouraged to wear ice blue or snow white attire. Attendees will be the first to see Arctic Diary, which opens to the public on Sunday, February 17.Tickets to the reception are $40 ($30 for members). To order tickets, call 413-458-2303, extension 324.

William Bradford (1823-1892) made nine trips to the Arctic Circle, which inspired his paintings of icebergs, glaciers, ships, and frigid seascapes. In 1869 he documented his journey with 141 albumen photographs published in the travelogue The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland. In 1999, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute acquired the rare album as part of its ongoing initiative to build a collection of important early photography. The album has been disbound for necessary conservation treatment, providing a unique opportunity to display the individual photographs for a wide audience. The exhibition, on view February 17-May 5, 2002, features fifty photographs from the album, as well as oil paintings by Bradford and a group of pencil, charcoal, and oil sketches. Arctic Diary also includes the canvas The Panther in Melville Bay, commissioned by Queen Victoria and currently in the British Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The painting will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

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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