Clark Art Reception, Lecture For Guillaume Lethiere Exhibition

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, June 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, the Clark Art Institute celebrates the opening of Guillaume Lethière with a free community-wide celebration, offering guests an opportunity to preview its newest exhibition.
 
On Saturday, June 15, at 11 am, exhibition co-curators Esther Bell, deputy director and Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator, and Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director, introduce Guillaume Lethière and provide an inside look at the development of this ambitious exhibition.
 
Through more than 100 paintings, drawings, and sculpture, the Clark tells the story of Guillaume Lethière's rise to the heights of the art world and of the role the gifted artist and teacher played in French history. 
 
Free. Advance registration required at clarkart.edu/events or call 413 458 0524.
 
During the reception there will be light refreshments, and be among the first to view the Clark's major summer exhibition, Guillaume Lethière.
 
During a lecture, exhibition co-curators Esther Bell, deputy director and Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator, and Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director, introduce Guillaume Lethière, the first monographic exhibition ever presented on the artist. 
 
According to a press release:
 
Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Guillaume Lethière (1760–1832) was a key figure in French painting during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The son of a white plantation owner and an enslaved woman of mixed race, Lethière moved to France with his father at age fourteen. He trained as an artist and successfully navigated the tumult of the French Revolution to achieve the highest levels of recognition in his time. A favorite artist of Napoleon's brother Lucien Bonaparte, Lethière served as director of the Académie de France in Rome, as a member of the Institut de France, and as a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. Despite his remarkable accomplishments, Lethière is not well known today. The exhibition, organized in partnership with the Musée du Louvre and featuring some 100 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture, celebrates Lethière's extraordinary career and sheds new light on the presence and reception of Caribbean artists in France during his lifetime.
 
Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524.
 
Guillaume Lethière is co-organized by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and curated by Esther Bell, deputy director and Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator; and Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director; with the assistance of Sophie Kerwin, curatorial assistant, from the Clark; and by Marie-Pierre Salé, chief curator in the Department of Drawings at the Louvre.
 
Guillaume Lethière is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel and the Mellon Foundation. Major funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom; with additional support from Charles Butt, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
 
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition and its accompanying materials do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Bomb Threat that Closed Williams Campus Deemed 'Not Credible'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com
Updated 02:10PM
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Thursday briefly closed its campus and sent all non-essential employees home for the day after a reported bomb threat that later was deemed to be "not credible."
 
Late Thursday morning, the college sent an alert to its employees that the school was investigating a threat to several college buildings and ordering the evacuation of Faculty House, the Paresky Center, Mission dorm and "athletics and all libraries."
 
By about 11:45 a.m., the college released the same information in a post on social media, and shortly before noon, it announced on "X" (formerly Twitter), "Please evacuate and avoid area until further notice."
 
Just after 2 p.m., the school announced to its personnel that, "The bomb threat was determined to be not credible."
 
The school said that dining services would be available for the small number of students on campus for the summer term from 2 to 7 p.m. at Faculty House and that faculty and staff who needed to access their offices on Thursday could do so after 3 p.m.
 
All buildings and offices were slated to be open for business as usual on Friday morning.
 
This was the second apparent false alarm on campus in the last couple of months. In May, a suspicious package reported in the college's science center led to the evacuation of some buildings and a visit from the State Police bomb squad.
 
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