Free Garbo Talk and Film Screening October 20 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 09, 2007

Screen legend Greta Garbo was, like all actresses of her time, photographed often, but her extraordinary beauty and strength as a portrait subject also captured the interest of photographers such as Edward Steichen, Arnold Genthe, and Cecil Beaton. Join noted film historian and author Robert Dance as he chronicles Garbo’s life from 1925 through the early 1950s as seen through the lens of the portrait camera. Following Dance’s talk, view Garbo in one of her most captivating roles in Queen Christina (1933, 99 minutes). This free talk and screening takes place at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 20, at 3 pm.

Robert Dance is a private art dealer who specializes in Old Master painting and drawing. He is the author of several essays on the history of silent film. Dance was chosen by Garbo’s family to collaborate on Garbo: Portraits from Her Private Collection on the centennial of her birth. He is also co-author of Ruth Harriet Louise and Hollywood Glamour Photography.

This fall, portrait photography is also explored in Facing the Lens: 19th-Century Portrait Photographs at the Clark, on view October 12, 2007, through January 13, 2008. Facing the Lens offers a broad sampling of early portrait photographs through fifteen works from the collection of the Clark and the Troob Family Foundation. View photographs by Édouard Baldus, Nadar, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Roger Fenton, and Julia Margaret Cameron. The photographs’ subjects range from wealthy families at home and celebrated writers posing in commercial studios, to medical patients trapped in an age that offered limited treatments.

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 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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