CLARK ART INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH IMAGES CINEMA TO SHOW “MISS HOKUSAI”

February 28, 2017
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In honor of the Clark Art Institute’s special exhibition, Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, the Clark and Images Cinema present three screenings of the film Miss Hokusai at Images Cinema on Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm; Sunday, March 12 at 12 pm; and Sunday, March 12 at 8 pm. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown. To purchase tickets, visit www.imagescinema.org.
 
The March 12 noon screening will be followed by a discussion with Clark curator Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.
 
From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.
 
As all of Edo (present day Tokyo) flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons, and erotic sketches—sold under the name of her father—are coveted by upper-crust lords and journeyman printmakers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai's bustling Edo is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously animated coming-of-age tale.
 
The film is rated PG-13. Run time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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