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‘Looking and Lunching’ program at Clark Art Institute explores portraits by Photographer Berenice Abbott

October 16, 2019 12:06 pm

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — The Clark Art Institute’s popular Looking and Lunching program will be held Thursday, October 17, at 12 pm. This month, Andrew Kensett (Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, class of 2020) discusses a newly acquired cache of portraits by Modernist photographer Berenice Abbott. While living in Paris in the 1920s, Abbott photographed luminaries such as James Joyce, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Coco Chanel.

The Looking and Lunching program provides an opportunity to take a closer look at the Clark’s collection through a focused half-hour discussion on one work or group of works, followed by continued conversation over lunch with the presenter and fellow art lovers in the Clark’s Carswell Room. Free with gallery admission. Plan to arrive early to pre-order and purchase your meal, or bring your own lunch. Limited seating available. Meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center.

ABOUT THE CLARK

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.