The Clark Art Museum

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Clark: Re-Thought And Re-Opened

  The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown re-opened on the Fourth of July after being closed since March for a major construction project over a decade in the making.

The Clark houses a noted collection of 18th and 19th century artwork. The $145 million project includes a new building, another building rebuilt and a complete rethinking of the Clark’s 140-acre campus, with three new reflecting pools, 2 miles of hiking paths and more than 1,000 new trees.

And then there is the amazing art. To tell us more we welcome Clark Director Michael Conforti and senior curator Richard Rand.

New England News
6:17 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Clark's Renovations Sync With Natural Artwork

The reflecting pools overlook Stone Hill meadow.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Clark Art Institute will open the doors on a heavily anticipated renovation July 4th.

Architects and museum leaders proudly showed off the refurbished 140-acre Williamstown, Massachusetts campus, envisioned through plans that began taking shape in the late 1990s, on Friday.

“People will know that they’re in the Clark, but they’ll try to figure out how it’s changed and it’s changed in a million ways,” said museum director Michael Conforti.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Thu August 1, 2013

"Winslow Homer: Making Art Making History" at The Clark

Winslow Homer, Perils of the Sea, 1881. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper. The Clark, 1955.774

    The exhibition, Winslow Homer: Making Art Making History is currently on display at The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA through September 8th. It features more than 200 works by Homer - spanning his career and including paintings, watercolors, drawings, etchings, lithographs, chromolithographs,wood engravings, photographs, correspondence, and books.

Homer began his career as an illustrator for the popular press, providing pictures of current events for newspapers in Boston and New York. Historians use these, as well as his paintings and watercolors, to illustrate mid-nineteenth-century 

  political and economic developments. Art historians, too, use the works to explore not only Homer’s life and endeavors, but also to consider broader questions such as the rise of the critical press, the quest for a national style, and the ramifications of the expanding nineteenth-century art market.

Michael Cassin - the Director for The Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts - takes us on an audio tour of the exhibition.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #112

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss Bartok and music as language.

Celebrating “White Nights” of the Russian tradition, pianist Vassily Primakov and Yehuda will present a program of Russian masters Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky, in the inaugural concert of Close Encounters With Music at the Clark Sunday, July 14 at 3 PM.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Rabbi Dan Ornstein - Lessons at the Clark

Rabbi Dan Ornstein - Lessons at the Clark

The Clark Art Museum once hosted an exhibition of the works of the great French artist Jacques Louis David, whose magnificent scenes chronicled the French revolution and the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte.  David was a close friend of Napoleon’s as well as his official painter. Napoleon was not at all a modest man.  He once declared, “Power is my mistress,” and looking at his life, we know that he meant it.  A brigadier general at twenty four, Napoleon’s vision of himself was matched fully by his ambitious successes.  Since it’s in the best interests of a court painter to flatter the rulers that he paints, David spared no effort to portray Napoleon, a man of no small ego and accomplishment, as smarter, braver, taller, and stronger than everyone around him.  My favorite example of David’s flattery is his painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps to defeat the Austrians.  Napoleon is dressed regally, exuding confidence, courage and power.  As his troops move forward in the background, he takes a moment from battle to look imperiously at the artist and at us. To lend even greater mightiness and grandeur to Napoleon’s image, David painted him on a sleek, muscular, white battle horse, an awesome example of natural beauty and power.

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