Yale Art Professor Presents a Free Lecture on ‘Constable After Modernism’ at The Clark

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Saturday, August 4, at 3 pm, Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and a contributor to the Clark’s catalogue Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art, will present a free public lecture on John Constable’s painting The Wheat Field (1815). The Wheat Field had been removed from the public eye in 1817 and did not reappear for more than 150 years. When it was rediscovered in 1988, the work challenged how viewers and scholars have approached Constable’s working process, specifically his practice of painting outdoors. A book signing with Barringer and Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, editor of the Manton catalogue, will follow the event.

Tim Barringer specializes in the visual culture of art in Britain and the United States after the 18th century. Prior to his appointment to Yale, he held positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Universities of London and Birmingham. His publications include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites, Men at Work, and Opulence and Anxiety. He has also co-curated many exhibitions, including American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1825–80, and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds; the publication that accompanied this exhibition was awarded the Alfred Barr Prize of the College Art Association.

Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art is a lavishly illustrated volume that explores the outstanding collection of paintings and drawings assembled by business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909–2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton. The collection, a gift to the Clark from the Manton Foundation in 2007, features more than 300 oil paintings, drawings, and prints, including exceptional works by John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, and Thomas Girtin, among other leading British artists of the 18th and 19th centuries.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

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

Calendar Listing

August 4, 3 pm: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and a contributor to the Clark’s catalogue Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art, will present a free public lecture on John Constable’s painting The Wheat Field (1815). The Wheat Field had been removed from the public eye in 1817 and did not reappear for more than 150 years. When it was rediscovered in 1988, the work challenged how viewers and scholars have approached Constable’s working process, specifically his practice of painting outdoors. A book signing with Barringer and Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, editor of the Manton catalogue, will follow the event. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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