Clark Art Presents: "Ruins Of America"

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Williamstown - In the last decades of the 20th century American artists created a new and distinctive language of ruin, from ghost towns to Planet of the Apes. In his lecture, "The Ruins of America," Christopher Woodward, author of the best-selling book In Ruins and director of the Museum of Garden History, London, asks why the cult of the ruin has emigrated from Europe to the New World. This free lecture takes place on Sun. March 11 at 2 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Woodward was previously director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, and worked as assistant curator at Sir John Soane's Museum. His book In Ruins (2002) takes readers on a 1,000-year journey from the plains of Troy to the monuments of ancient Rome, from the crumbling palaces of Sicily, Cuba, and Zanzibar to the rubble of the London Blitz. Readers encounter the teenage Byron in the rotting Newstead Abbey, Flaubert watching the buzzards on the pyramids, Henry James in the Colosseum, and Freud at Pompeii. Two exhibitions currently on view at the Clark relate to the subject of ruins. A section of Claude Lorrain-The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum depicts how the 17th century French artist Claude Lorrain embraced the modern world while still evoking the Arcadian past. Many idyllic and pastoral scenes that include ancient Roman ruins are on view. In Search of Lost Time: Ruins in Photography features 12 European photographs of ruins, ranging from Egypt to Italy, Britain and southern France, dating to the 1850s. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. 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 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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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Williamstown's Kuster Makes USA Swimming's List of Notable 18U Men

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three of Harvard's freshman men's swimmers Noah Brune, Will Grant, and Williamstown resident Cole Kuster were named to the USA Swimming's "18 & Under World 100" list released this week.
 
The 18 & Under World 100 is a ranking of best 18 & Under swimmers in the United States, according to USA Swimming's 18 & Under, age-defined world ranking. The goal of the program is the acknowledge the excellence achieved by the best athletes, their coaches and club programs who supported. To qualify the athlete must be a registered USA Swimming member at the time of qualifying, eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition as of Sept. 1, 2018, and be under 18 on Sept. 2, 2019 (born on or after Sept. 3, 2000).
 
Harvard's three swimmers have already made an impact for the Crimson midway through their first season in Cambridge. Brune posted a season-best time in the 500 freestyle at the Minnesota Invitational on Dec. 5, 2019 with a time of 4:26.80. It surpassed the Crimson's previous season-best, held by fellow top-100 honoree, Kuster, who clocked in with a time of 4:28.53 against Duke and No. 7 Texas A&M to open the season. Additionally, Kuster has his name sprinkled three times across the team's top-six spots in the 500, while also winning the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events outright in every Ivy League dual this season. 
 
Rounding out the Crimson on the top-100 list, Grant currently holds the Crimson's best times this season in the 100 back and 200 back registering NCAA B-cut times of 47.59 and 1:42.47, respectively, at the Minnesota Invitational. He also registered two other B-cut times in Minnesota in the 200 IM (1:46.71) and 400 IM (3:50.28).
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