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S. Hollis Clayson to Discuss American Artists’ Interest in the City of Lights September 20 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 06, 2005

Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor S. Hollis Clayson will explore American artists’ responses to the joys and wonders of the Parisian night during “Night Dreams: American Painters in la ville lumière (1870-1914)” on Tuesday, September 20. This free 5:30 pm lecture will be held in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s café.

Clayson’s lecture will present evidence of American painters’ preoccupation with Belle-Epoque Paris bathed in streetlight. Unlike indigenous French modernists, who associated the Paris night with venality and danger, the visiting U.S. artists imagined the City of Light to be congenial and welcoming, even utopic. Artists discussed will include Charles Courtney Curran, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and John Singer Sargent.

Clayson is a professor of art history and the Martin J. and Partricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor at Northwestern University. Clayson, a historian of modern art, specializes in 19th-century Europe, especially France, and transatlantic exchanges between France and the United States. She chaired the editorial board of The Art Bulletin, and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Kaplan Center for the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, and the Clark. She is the author of numerous publications, articles, and reviews, and has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. This fall, Clayson will be the Clark Visiting Professor in the Art Department of Williams College.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 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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