Clark Art Lecture on the Importance of Prints in Visual Art

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free lecture by art critic Susan Tallman titled "Without Prints You Don't Understand the Culture of the World." 
This lecture is presented in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
According to a press release:
Looked at narrowly, prints may be a niche topic in art history, but for more than 500 years they have also been the lifeblood of the circulatory system of visual art. The title of Tallman's lecture comes from the late art historian Leo Steinberg's observations about a seventeenth-century Mughal painting based on an Italian engraving. Tallman offers a primer on what is distinctive about prints as material objects and investigates how those material qualities lead to distinctive ways of looking at and thinking about pictures.
Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524. 

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Williamstown Charter Proposal Sparks Concern over 'Separation of Powers'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board this week clashed over a proposal that would add to the town charter a mechanism to ensure compliance with the foundation of town government.
The Select Board on Monday night finalized the warrant for the annual town meeting.
Most of the 42 articles on the agenda for the Thursday, May 23, meeting were recommended by the Select Board for passage with little or no comment. The primary exception was Article 32, one of five articles to result from deliberations of the Charter Review Committee.
The review committee spent about a year and a half reviewing the 68-year-old charter, which has not received a major revision over the last seven decades.
In consultation with consultants from the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and after reviewing best practices from municipalities around the commonwealth, the Charter Review Committee developed a number of recommendations to town meeting.
Most of the proposed revisions clarify existing charter language and bring the document in line with town practices that have evolved over the last half century (Article 30). Two of the articles resulting from the CRC are not actually charter changes at all but town bylaw proposals (Articles 33 and 34).
Two proposals would make substantive changes to the charter: adding a recall provision (Article 31) and creating a mechanism to enforce the charter (Article 32).
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