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Free Lunchtime Talk on Early Photographs and What They Reveal

For Immediate Release

February 02, 2010

Take a close look at the images featured in Material Witnesses: Photographs of Things at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with Sarah Hammond, curatorial assistant, and consider new ways of appreciating early photographs. This Looking at Lunchtime Talk is free and held on Thursday, February 11, at 12:30 pm, at the Clark.

Since its invention in the first half of the nineteenth century, photography has been used for documentary purposes, faithfully recording the details of archaeological artifacts, decorative ornaments, and natural specimens. Appearing to be no more than bearers of information or certificates of authenticity, many such photographs are not as simple as they might seem at first glance. The talk will focus on a selection of works in the small exhibition, exploring how the photographic act transforms ordinary objects into extraordinary images.

The series continues on Thursday, March 11, when Sarah Lees, associate curator of European Art, examines Cliffs at Etretat by Claude Monet. All talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food at the Clark or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday (open Mondays in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is always free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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