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December 2018

Exhibition: Extreme Nature

December 12 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 24, 2019

Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Nature’s extremes—remote, fantastical, and unpredictable—permeated artistic imagery and popular media throughout the nineteenth century. News outlets reported on natural disasters around the globe, researchers defined modern scientific fields, and authors like Jules Verne infused their adventure novels with technological experimentation. Newly founded journals, such as Scientific American and the French La Nature, detailed emerging scientific theories and speculated upon Earth’s origins and its position within the greater cosmos. Influenced in part by the prevalence of scientific inquiry in popular culture,…

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Member Gallery Talk: Artist As Adventurer

December 12 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Join Kristie Couser, curatorial assistant for works on paper, for a talk exploring highlights from the special exhibition Extreme Nature!. Couser explores the pursuit of travel by nineteenth-century artists interested in landscape, such as photographers Timothy O’Sullivan and Eadweard Muybridge, who joined geological survey expeditions in the American West, and Swiss artist Alexandre Calame, renowned for his Alpine views. Space is limited; reservations are required.

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Exhibition: Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape

December 15 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 10, 2019

Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape features more than fifty landscapes by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, artists who elevated the status of landscape painting in the nineteenth century. The exhibition includes oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints that explore the importance of the built landscape and the human figure within it.

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Gallery Talk: Highlights of the Collection

December 15 @ 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:15am on Saturday, repeating until June 29, 2019

Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Saturdays at 11:15, September through June, take a guided walk through the galleries with a member of the Clark's education team. Join fellow art lovers for a personalized look at highlights from the permanent collection, learn about the history of the museum, and gain new insight into some Clark favorites. Groups meet outside the permanent collection in the Museum Pavilion. Talks are limited to twenty people each on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Live in HD: La Traviata

December 15 @ 12:55 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$18 – $25

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

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La Traviata

December 15 @ 12:55 PM - 3:55 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$18 – $25

Now in its thirteenth season, The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live performances transmitted to theaters in seventy countries around the world. Live telecasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark presents ten live transmissions beginning October 6, 2018. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the…

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Opening Lecture: Turner and Constable

December 16 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Alexis Goodin, curator of Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, discusses the human element in landscapes by Britain’s leading artists of the genre in the nineteenth century. Goodin identifies the personal connections artists had with their subjects—buildings, people, and places—and identifies how the figures within their landscapes often point to cultural and political issues of the day.

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Looking and Lunching: Close to Shore

December 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Take a closer look at the Clark’s collection during Looking and Lunching, a half-hour discussion focusing on one work from the collection followed by continued discussion over lunch with the presenter and fellow art lovers. This month, join Alexis Goodin, curator of Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, for an in-depth discussion of one of the Clark’s iconic paintings, J. M. W. Turner’s Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water. Goodin discusses the painting’s…

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Kids Can Cook

December 27 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Our popular kids’ cooking class returns! In honor of the special exhibition Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, Starr Executive Chef Daniel Hardy teaches participants how to make English trifle, scones, and assorted tea sandwiches. Recommended for ages 5–10; a take-home goodie bag is included. Reserve early as this class regularly sells out! Please reserve by December 20. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

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Kids Can Cook!

December 27 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$28 – $30

Our popular kids’ cooking class returns! In honor of the special exhibition Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, participants will learn how to make English trifle, scones, and assorted tea sandwiches. Recommended for ages 5–10; a take-home goodie bag is included. Reserve early as this class regularly sells out!

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January 2019

Live in HD: Carmen

January 2, 2019 @ 12:55 PM - 4:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$18 – $25

Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire.

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Encore Presentation in HD: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

January 5, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$16 – $18

Tennessee Williams’s twentieth-century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Starring Sienna Miller (American Sniper, Foxcatcher) as Maggie and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) as Brick. Veteran actor Colm Meaney breathes new life into the role of Big Daddy. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick…

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

January 5, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$16 – $18

Tennessee Williams’s twentieth-century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’s “thrilling revival” (The New York Times) stars Sienna Miller (American Sniper, Foxcatcher) as Maggie and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) as Brick. Veteran actor Colm Meaney breathes new life into the role of Big Daddy. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation…

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First Sunday Free

January 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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On this First Sunday Free at the Clark, enjoy complimentary admission to the galleries and activities that encourage creativity and curiosity—both inside the museum and out in the winter landscape. All activities and admission to the galleries are free.

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First Sunday Free: Fresh Takes

January 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Studies show that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Reverse this trend by refocusing and recommitting to the New Year ahead with a day of fresh perspectives, introspection, and inspiration at the Clark. Spend some “me time” in the galleries, unplug by leaving your cell phone with our courtesy phone check and pick up a self-guide designed for personal reflection. In the Michael Conforti Pavilion, decorate a chalkboard to help you stay…

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First Sunday Free: The Inhabited Landscape

January 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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On this First Sunday Free at the Clark, enjoy complimentary admission to the galleries and activities that encourage creativity and curiosity—both inside the museum and out in the winter landscape. Indoors, explore the special exhibition Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape with a gallery talk at 1 pm led by exhibition curator Alexis Goodin. At 3 pm, join the Clark's Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay in the auditorium for a public lecture related to the special exhibition. In the Michael Conforti…

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Turner and Constable: Stark Contrasts

January 6, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay highlights differences in the lives and works of J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, preeminent landscape painters of the nineteenth century. While both hailed from England and were associated with London’s Royal Academy—training in its schools and exhibiting in annual summer exhibitions—the two artists diverged in their choices of subjects, the way they handled paint, and their domestic priorities. Meslay discusses works on view in Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape to underscore how these…

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Drawing Closer: Still Life

January 11, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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The Manton Study Center for Works on Paper invites artists of all experiences and skill levels to work closely after thematic selections of drawings from the Clark’s collection. Each month explores a different theme—still life (January), portraiture (February), and landscape (March). Enjoy an open hour to participate in the artistic tradition of copying original drawings, or choose to practice fundamentals, sketch from life, or explore new ideas. Basic materials are provided; artists bringing their own supplies should note that only…

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Start With Art Preschool Series

January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Get your preschoolers off to a good start with themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities specially designed for this age group. Best suited to three- to six-year-olds and their parents. No registration necessary. Art project appropriate clothing encouraged. December 8 – Animals January 12– Food February 9 – Light and Dark March 9 – Flowers and Plants Free.

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Live in HD: Adriana Levouvreur

January 12, 2019 @ 12:55 PM - 4:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$18 – $25

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great eighteenth-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi…

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Adriana Lecouvreur

January 12, 2019 @ 12:55 PM - 4:25 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$18 – $25

Now in its thirteenth season, The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live performances transmitted to theaters in seventy countries around the world. Live telecasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark presents ten live transmissions beginning October 6, 2018. For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great eighteenth-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio,…

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I/O Out Loud: Kids Make Music!

January 13, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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“All Ears” is a free, one-hour event at which kids and their families can discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College. Join us in exploring the hidden sounds in everyday objects and in uncovering the strange, wonderful noises in the instruments of the orchestra. Open your ears to the sounds all around us, and be prepared to make some noise! Presented by I/O Fest, Ephs Out Loud, and the Williams College Department of…

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I/O Ensemble: Sequential

January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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The Williams College Department of Music’s I/O Fest 2019 presents Axxea String Quartet, Williams Percussion Ensemble, and I/O Ensemble for a free, one-hour concert of immersive music in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion. Featuring Tristan Perich’s Sequential for string quartet and percussion with gated amplification, this program places audiences deep inside an enveloping sound world in which listening is a form of active exploration. Perich, whose music has been described by The Wire magazine as “an austere meeting of electronic…

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Encore Presentation: Julie

January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$16 – $18

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live’s A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live’s The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast from the National Theatre to cinemas. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean—which rapidly descends into…

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Looking and Lunching: The Itinerant American

January 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Take a closer look at the Clark’s collection during Looking and Lunching, a half-hour discussion in the galleries focusing on one work of art. Enjoy continued discussion over lunch with the presenter and fellow art lovers. This month, join Horace Ballard, assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art, as he discusses style and trope in the composition of Ammi Phillips’s Portrait of Harriet Campbell, offering insight into the lifestyle of the itinerant painter and nineteenth-century American art economy.

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The View From Here: Days of Heaven

January 19, 2019 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark, introduces the film. In conjunction with Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present The View from Here, a film series exploring three different approaches to the role of landscapes in cinema: as subject, as inspiration, and as a means to explore character and emotion. Days of Heaven (1978) When three drifters take refuge from the world at large on the land of a lonely rancher, they…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Clark

January 21, 2019
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Visit the Clark on MLK Jr. Day and pick up a self-guide to explore themes of vision, leadership, and human kindness in the Clark’s collection. At a special reflection space in the Clark Center, take time to listen and reflect on King’s most iconic speeches.

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Beginner Tai Chi Class

January 22, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until February 12, 2019

Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$8 – $12

Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This four-week class, led by a certified instructor from Berkshire Tai Chi, promotes physical and emotional well-being through four one-hour sessions hosted in the Clark’s sunlit Michael Conforti Pavilion. Whether you are experienced in tai chi or new to the practice, students of all levels of skill and flexibility can participate in this gentle class. Comfortable clothing and footwear encouraged.

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Beginners Tai Chi

January 22, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This four-week class, led by a certified instructor from Berkshire Tai Chi, promotes physical and emotional well-being through four one-hour sessions hosted in the Clark’s sunlit Michael Conforti Pavilion. Whether you are experienced in tai chi or new to the practice, students of all levels of skill and flexibility can participate in this gentle class. Comfortable clothing and footwear encouraged.

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February 2019

Film: Young Picasso

February 9, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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$10 – $12

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time—and until his death in 1973, he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years: the art, the affairs, and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? It is finally time to look at the early years of Picasso—the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements

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Valentine’s Day at The Clark

February 14, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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Museums are for lovers! Spend the afternoon at the Clark with your special someone and enjoy a love-themed self-guide. Visitors needing a last minute (but creative!) way to say “I love you” can express themselves at a valentine-making station in the lower lobby of the Clark Center.

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President’s Day at The Clark

February 18, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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The Clark is open on Presidents' Day! Visit George Washington in the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery for American Decorative Arts and learn more about the art history of the United States through a presidential self-guide. Ever wonder what it would be like to be president? Take a portrait in our Gilbert Stuart photo op!

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July 2019

Exhibition: Ida O’Keefe, Escaping Georgia’s Shadow

July 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe (1889–1961) was a talented American modernist, whose paintings and prints of the 1920s and 1930s explore realism and abstraction in the service of a distinctive artistic style. Yet the fact that her older sister was the renowned Georgia O’Keeffe begins to explain why most people have not heard of her. Drawing on extensive new research, Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow assesses Ida’s work and life, including her training, technique, and travels—as well as the sisters’ sibling…

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Exhibition: Art’s Biggest Stage

July 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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From national pavilions to thematic exhibitions presented in grand villas, the Venice Biennale is a polyphonic, cross-continental survey of contemporary art and the social issues it engages. Since 2007, the Clark's library has built an unparalleled collection of artist editions, books, posters, publicity materials, and other objects produced for this extravaganza. Art's Biggest Stage introduces the Venice Biennale by showcasing the Clark's growing archive and exploring the questions of nationhood, identity, and spectacle central to the Biennale experience. Featuring artists…

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