Free Poetry Readings of Poe’s The Raven and Hughes’s Crow

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2009

Experience the intimate relationship between text and image at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with a poetry reading and discussion focused on the exhibition Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe on Thursday, October 29, at 7 pm. Admission to the reading is free.

The evening will feature lively readings from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and selections from Ted Hughes’s Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow as read by David Eppel, professor of theater at Williams College, and Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts. Following their readings, there will be a discussion with Shawn Rosenheim, English professor at Williams College and expert in the works of Poe, and Lynda Bundtzen, English professor at Williams College and expert on the work of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Richard Rand, senior curator at the Clark will moderate the discussion.

Focused on two major publications that brought together writers and artists, Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe features many original works that have never been publicly exhibited. In 1875 poet Stéphane Mallarmé and painter Édouard Manet produced Le Corbeau a translation of Poe’s The Raven. Nearly 100 years later, American artist Leonard Baskin teamed with English poet Hughes on Crow, a limited-edition book combining poems and illustrations. This exhibition includes rare editions of both works, as well as Baskin’s complete set of twelve magnificent drawings for Crow. The exhibition is on view through January 10, 2010.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open 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


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