Williamstown: Complex issues explored via art

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The Clark Art Institute is launching a new program titled "Hard Looks," which employs art as a way of working through sensitive and complicated conversations. The first session will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Each hour-long session explores a single topic, using one work of art from the Clark's permanent collection as a starting point to help museum-goers think critically about art, their own lived experience and society at large.

This month, Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, director of education at the Clark, leads a discussion on the dynamics of renegotiating interpersonal boundaries through Francois Lemoyne's c. 1725 painting "The Amorous Proposal."

Sessions are free with museum admission. Space is limited, and reservations are required at clarkart.edu or 413-458-0524.

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