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William Clark and the Art of the Gilded Age Art :: Art Show
William Clark and the Art of the Gilded Age
5:00 PM
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
An exhibition featuring seven masterpieces from the collection of Senator William Andrews Clark, one of Butte’s famous Copper Kings, will run June 10 to August 13, 2021, at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.

Dr. Rafael Chacon, Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, will be opening the exhibition on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. with the presentation “A Question of Taste: Senator William Clark’s Art Collection.”
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art rejected William A. Clark’s large collection of art upon his death in 1925, forcing the senator to leave it to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the nation’s capitol. In addition to the politics of this decision, the rejection begs the question of not only Clark’s social standing but also his aesthetic taste. In his brief introduction to the works in the Clark Collection, Dr. Chacon will assess the merits of the paintings in this exhibition and the significance of the senator’s collection.
Since 2019, H. Rafael Chacón has been the Bruce and Suzanne Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. Dr. Chacón is also Professor of Art History and Criticism in the School of Visual and Media Arts at the University of Montana where he has taught a range of courses on art history and criticism over the last 25 years. He holds his B.A . in art from Wabash College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history with honors from the University of Chicago. Just prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Smithsonian Institute named him one of the top ten lecturers in their global travel program.
“William Clark and the Art of the Gilded Age” is sponsored by Butte-Silver Bow Archives and the University of Montana’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture. The exhibit will include significant paintings from the Baroque to the Industrial Age by European artists, including French painters Jean-Charles Cazin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jules Dupré, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and the Englishman Thomas Gainsborough.

“Given the great wealth amassed by William A. Clark throughout his mining enterprises in Butte, it seems fitting for the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives to host a selection of his art in 2021,” said Ellen Crain, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Archives.

In coordination with the exhibit, a series of lectures, architectural tours, and book signings will be held in Butte, informing on the collection, the man, and the Clark legacy in Butte and across Montana. A full schedule of events can be found at buttearchives.org.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and can be viewed during the Archives’ normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 17 W. Quartz St.

Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Address: 17 W. Quartz Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 406-782-3280

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