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In conjunction with Electric Paris, the Clark is offering a number of public lectures and programs related to the exhibition, as well as special events for members. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about these events, call 413 458 0524 or visit the calendar of events.
Opening Lecture: Art in the City of Light(s)
Sunday, February 17 at 3 pm
Paris is known as "The City of Light," but in the later nineteenth century it could also have been called "The City of Lights." As the French capital transitioned from oil and gas lights to electric illumination, artists responded to components of the new lighting in many of their pictures. In her lecture, guest curator S. Hollis Clayson examines how Paris came to be defined not just by the beautiful daytime sky and star-filled night, but by the artificial light that preoccupied many French and American artists of the Impressionist era and beyond.
Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris
Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm
The emergence of moving pictures, pioneered by Thomas Edison in the late nineteenth century, changed the way artists represented the world around them. Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, will explore early film technology and its impact on artists working in Paris.
Saturday, February 16 at 6 pm
Imagine it's the turn of the century and you are a visitor to the Exposition Universelle, the Paris World's Fair. The Eiffel tower is new, electricity is the technology of the moment, and film has sound. The Clark's Electric Paris exhibit captures the magic of the era.
Sample hors d'oeuvres and drinks from the many exotic international pavillions while enjoying the art and music of the time. Tickets are $50 ($40 members). Click here to purchase tickets or by call 413 458 0524.
Electric Paris Patron Preview
Clark Society Members Only
Saturday, February 16 at 5 pm
Members of the Clark Society are invited to a free special reception and preview of Electric Paris and Backstories before the opening party. Interested in becoming a Clark Society Member? Call 413 458 0481.
Tuesday, February 19 at 9:30 am
Tuesday, April 2 at 9:30 am
Join Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, for a series of two gallery talks about the exhibition Electric Paris. This exhibition is the first to explore the ways in which artists depicted both older gas lighting and the newer electric illumination that began to supplant it around the turn of the twentieth century.
These events are free. Space is limited; reservations are required. Click here to register online for the February 19 talk or here for the April 2 talk, or call 413 458 0524.