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    Founded in 1926 the Williams College Museum of Art is one of the oldest museums in the county and features changing exhibitions of its permanent collection as well as travelling shows. Located in the heart of the Williams campus just a few steps off Spring Street in Williamston, the museum is open year round and admission is always free.

The museum has more than 14,000 objects in its collection including the largest collection in the world of work by brothers Charles and Maurice Prendergast. Their current exhibitions include – but are not limited to - Frank Lloyd Wright: Early Work; Looking At and Looking Through: Rethinking Portraiture; and Immortal Scripts.

Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Curator of American Art are here today to let us know what's on view and what's coming up at the museum this spring.

    The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute started as a rural refuge to house the Clarks’ substantial Art Collection. In 1955, the museum was opened to the public and became one of the premiere art institutions in the Berkshires.

In addition to its many remarkable collections and natural setting, the Clark is also home to extensive research and academic programs, including a significant research library. In this segment, we want to focus on the museum’s permanent collection. And it is impressive. To share just how impressive, we welcome - Richard Rand - the Clark’s Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture.

  On November 23 of last year, The Clark Art Institute opened Monet/Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet.

The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet/Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.

Here to tell us more are David Breslin, Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program and Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute and artist Stephen Hannock. 

Courtesy Clark Art Institute, ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

  On arriving at The Clark, many visitors are surprised by the depth and variety of art available at this museum in the Northern Berkshires. In addition to an impressive collection of the works of Impressionist painters, the Clark boasts work from the Renaissance up through modern times.

In addition to their collections, director Michael Conforti has made it a priority to develop the research and academic wings of the Clark’s activities. Partly as a result of his efforts, the Clark boasts one of the most accessible and extensive art libraries in Massachusetts.

Director Michael Conforti joins us today to talk about the Clark, and all that it has to offer.

Rob Hitzig

In November, Rob Hitzig, an artist based in Montpelier, Vermont, had a wordless billboard installed beside Route 9 in Queensbury, New York. The space typically reserved for advertising featured a colorful, abstract image that Hitzig has described as an “antidote” to constant, demanding messages. 

    A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre.Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story.

Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered is a blend of biography, history, and memoir about the world’s most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting.

    In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red-velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. At times Mona Lisa slept at the bedside of curators who were painfully aware of their heavy responsibility.

  The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Christmas Alphabet, Robert Sabuda's classic pop-up title - that was his first New York Times Bestseller - has just been released. As part of the roll-out of the title he'll be appearing at a special events sponsored by Oblong Books and Music during the Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival on December 6th at 4pm.

  From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes a pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman’s signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds.

    With The Blazing World, internationally best¬selling author Siri Hustvedt returns to the New York art world telling the provocative story of the artist Harriet Burden.

After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity.

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