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Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009

Impressionist lecture set for Sunday, August 9

As part of the Season of Degas, The Hyde Collection will present Impressionists and Music: Painters and Their Muse. Speaker for the event is Michael Cassin, director of education for the Center for Visual Arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

Slated for Sunday, August 9 at 2 pm, the presentation will explore music as muse to the artists associated with the Impressionist movement. In particular, Cassin will discuss the work of Renoir and his love of classical music as muse for his work. Cassin will present works on Renoir and other Impressionist from the permanent collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute throughout his lecture.

Michael Cassin studied art history, painting and printmaking at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. For nine years, he was the Head of the Education Department at the National Galleries of Scotland before taking up the position of Curator of Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in June 2000. Cassin is currently the Regional Coordinator for North America on the board of the International Council of Museums committee for Education and Cultural Action.

At The Clark, Cassin oversees the Center for Education in the Visual Arts as well as the nationally recognized and attended Docent Summer School. Cassin has lectured and written widely on museum education, and instructed courses on the subject in Europe and in cities across North America. Author of More Than Meets the Eye, Bodylines, and Art, Cassin is also at work writing a ghost for story for children, set in an art museum in Massachusetts.

Other lectures slated for The Hyde’s Season of Degas series include:

· The Hydes, Degas, and Music – Presented by The Hyde’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director Erin Coe, this lecture will explore the history of the works by Edgar Degas that were collected by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde and the Hydes’ musical associations with these works. This lecture will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 6 pm.

· Degas & Opera – Lecturer Peter Wynne will explore Degas and his love for opera. Tailored to The Hyde Degas & Music exhibition, Wynne will explore the relationship of the artist’s work with those paintings and sculptures which directly relate to contemporary opera performances of the period. This talk is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm.

Admission to the lectures listed above is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Seating is limited so those interested in attending are asked to call The Hyde at 518-792-1761, ext. 27 to make reservations.

A final lecture by guest curators of The Hyde’s Degas & Music exhibition (July 12 through October 18) is also scheduled for Saturday, October 3. This talk will be free for Hyde Collection members and $8 general admission.

For details on Season of Degas events, visit or find information on the Degas & Music exhibition – July 12 through October 18, 2009 at


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