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Sunday, Jan 17, 2010

Hyde to hold Impressionist lecture, booksigning

On Sunday, January 17, 2010, The Hyde Collection will host a lecture by Chief Curator and Deputy Director Erin B. Coe titled Reconsidering America’s Impressionists: The Collection of Thomas Clark. Coe’s lecture coincides with the current exhibition An Enduring Legacy: American Impressionist Landscape Paintings from the Thomas Clark Collection.

For the past twenty five years, Thomas Clark has been assembling a significant collection of pre-1940 American Impressionist landscape paintings that now numbers more than one hundred works. Coe’s illustrated talk will focus on the development and research involved in organizing the exhibition and catalogue from this collection, considered one of the finest in private hands in upstate New York. Clark’s intention is to donate his collection to The Hyde, where it will greatly enhance the museum’s already significant holdings of American art.

During the 3 pm talk, Coe will highlight many of the artists featured in the Clark Collection, and elaborate upon the broader themes that the collection and exhibition encompass such as the role of art colonies, the significance of winter landscapes in American art, and the cultural conditions that allowed Impressionist style painting to flourish in the first three decades of the twentieth century. She will also describe how the Clark Collection will fit within The Hyde’s collecting goals and future plans.

The lecture will be followed by a catalogue signing with Thomas Clark and Coe, who also served as the exhibition curator. In the event that inclement weather requires closure of the Museum on the January 17 date, the lecture will be postponed until Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3 pm.


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