Clark Art Presents Lecture on Artist Les Lalanne

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Sept. 26, writer, curator, and independent art historian Adrian Dannatt will present the lecture "Bohemian Luxe: The Strange Journey of Les Lalanne from Brancusi's Woodpile to Marc Jacobs' Catwalk." 
 
This free talk will be presented in the Clark's auditorium and on Zoom and Facebook Live at 3 pm.
 
Dannatt, author of the 2018 book "Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams," provides an overview of the artists' careers, with a special focus on their roots in the Parisian art world of the 1960s when they worked alongside other artists and designers of the time.
 
According to a press release, having begun their careers as penniless sculptors and painters in the poverty of postwar Paris, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne eventually became two of the most successful stars of contemporary art and design, adored by all the world's headiest fashion and design elite. But they never forgot their earliest formative years living and working in the Impasse Ronsin, a rundown cul de sac where they were part of a vibrant community—sharing only one lavatory—with such famous artists as Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Jean Tinguely, and Niki de Saint-Phalle.
 
This event will be presented live in the Clark's auditorium and broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live. No registration is needed to attend the live event, but registration is required for the Zoom transmission. Log-in information will be sent to all Zoom registrants. Visit clarkart.edu/events for more information and to register.
 
This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed," on view through Oct. 31 in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion and additional outdoor installations. 
 

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Williamstown Police Sergeant Wants Disciplinary Hearing Made Public

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town Thursday will hold a disciplinary hearing against a police sergeant who has filed a discrimination complaint against the town with the commonwealth.
 
The attorney for Sgt. Scott McGowan on Wednesday announced that McGowan has filed a new complaint against the town with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, alleging that he was placed on administrative leave last winter as retaliation for allegations he raised in a 2019 MCAD complaint and subsequent federal lawsuit against the town, the former town manager and the former police chief.
 
The town, meanwhile, has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for McGowan for Thursday. McGowan's attorney said Wednesday in a news release that McGowan is exercising his right to make the virtual hearing open to the public.
 
At press time, the town did not respond to requests about how the public will be able to access the hearing, and no link was available in the calendar section on the town website.
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