Cassin Talks Up a Storm During May 8 Lunchtime Talk at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2008

J. W. M. Turner’s obsession with nature and with the sea in particular is at the core of many of his most powerful paintings including Rockets and Blue Lights. This painting will be the subject of the Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, May 8. Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will lead the free talk at 12:30 pm.

In Rockets and Blue Lights human beings standing on the shore are dwarfed by the waves and the swirling clouds. They fire blue flares into the sky in an attempt to prevent sailors caught by the storm from running aground in the shallow waters. Join Cassin for a half-hour look at Turner's coastal storm (without getting your feet wet.)

The series continues on Thursday, June 12, with Kathleen Morris, director of exhibitions and collections and curator of decorative arts, discussing selections from the Clark's collection of American glass. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk. Talks are free with paid gallery admission.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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