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Clark Winter Course Series Continues with “Paul Revere and American Decorative Arts” December 7

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2005

To coincide with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s current exhibitions Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History and Hail to the Chiefs, this year's winter course, “American Beauties,” will explore the themes of American painting and decorative art during the 18th- and 19th-centuries. Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, will lead the Wednesday, December 7 lecture on “Paul Revere and American Decorative Arts” highlighting the trends and enduring classics in American silver, textiles, glass, and furniture, from the mundane to the sublime. This series of auditorium lectures, held on the first Wednesday of the month November through February at 1 pm, is open to the public. Cost per lecture is $6 ($4 for members). No reservations are needed, however, those wishing to pre-register may call 413-458-0563.

In addition to the Clark’s collections of 19th-century French art, European and American paintings and sculpture, Old Master prints and drawings, and early photographs, the Institute has significant holdings of decorative arts. The Clark is also home to important American silver from the collection of the late Henry Morris Burrows and his wife Elizabeth H. Burrows. Among the master silversmiths whose work is featured are Paul Revere II, Jacob Hurd, Myer Myers, and Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson. The Clark’s American furniture, a gift from the estate of the late Florence Cluett Chambers, is from one of the country’s most notable collections of American Federal furniture, the collection of Mr. and Mrs. George Alfred Cluett.

Steinmann will also give the third lecture, “Americans Abroad: Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and William Merrit Chase,” on January 4. Michael Cassin, curator of education, will close the series with “East is East and West is West: Paintings by Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington” on February 1.

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

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