October 9 Class at the Clark Explores how Narrative Paintings Score Political Points

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2008

Through the centuries artists have engaged with, reflected upon, and sometimes influenced the world of politics. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s fall course, “The Art of Politics,” continues on October 9 focusing on paintings as propaganda. Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will present this lecture at 5:30 pm. Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0489. Cost is $6 per class ($4 for members).

Narrative paintings, and images of contemporary or recent events, were often designed to support or criticize an individual, a political faction, or point of view. In the second talk in this season’s “The Art and Politics” series, Cassin will look at how artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century used visual narratives to score political points.

Cassin will look at rise of the political caricature on November 13, and art and politics in the twentieth century on December 11.

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

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