Thomas Schütte: Crystal

Thomas Schütte: Crystal is the contemporary artist’s first full-scale architectural artwork in the United States. Located on a meadow near the top of Stone Hill, Crystal provides visitors the opportunity to reflect on how landscapes and places are constructed and preserved. Pick up a trail map at admissions and take a hike to the installation.

Looking North and South

Looking North and South explores the artistic exchange among artists working in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe through the production of prints, drawings, and rare books. The exhibition considers how artists responded to the work of their contemporaries, revealing intersections and divergences in artistic production, thought, and tradition.

An Inner World

Through September 17
An Inner World features seven exceptional genre paintings by Dutch artists working in or near the city of Leiden in the seventeenth century. The exhibition brings together paintings from the Clark’s collection and The Leiden Collection, a private collection in New York.
Image: The Leiden Collection, New York

Picasso: Encounters

Opens June 4
Picasso: Encounters explores Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) experimentation with large-scale printmaking and features thirty-five prints and three paintings. The exhibition, which includes important paintings on loan from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, addresses his creative process, his collaborative efforts in print production, and the muses that inspired him, including Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, and Jacqueline Roque.
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Image: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. Musée national Picasso-Paris. Pablo Picasso, 1979,  MP158. Photo: Mathieu Rabeau © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Orchestrating Elegance

Opens June 4
Orchestrating Elegance offers new insight into one of his most successful and distinctive artistic endeavors—the design of a music room in the Greco-Pompeian style for the New York mansion of financier, art collector, and philanthropist Henry Gurdon Marquand (1819–1902). This exhibition brings together twelve pieces of the original furniture suite, along with paintings, ceramics, textiles, and sculpture from the room, for the first time since Marquand’s estate was auctioned in 1903. 

As in Nature

Opens July 1
Like many abstract artists, Helen Frankenthaler continually tested the constraints of the genre, at times inserting into her compositions elements of recognizable subject matter that throw the abstract elements into relief. This exhibition includes a selection of large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on nature as a long-standing inspiration.
Image: Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Jockey, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 100 1/4 x 84 1/4 in. From the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection, courtesy of the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc. © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

No Rules

Opens July 1
No Rules explores Helen Frankenthaler’s inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut. Throughout her career, the artist worked with a variety of print publishers to push the medium in new directions; this exhibition features seventeen prints by the artist on loan from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and the Williams College Museum of Art. 
Image:Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Tales of Genji IV, 1998. Twenty-one color woodcut from twelve woodblocks and one stencil on handmade paper, 47 x 42 in. Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
© 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York

Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, June 2, 9-5 pm
The Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art Class of 2017 presents scholarly papers in its annual symposium. This keystone academic event is free and open to the public.

Opening Celebration

Saturday, June 3, 7 pm
Olivier Meslay, Felda and Dena Hardymon Director, invites you to celebrate summer and the opening of two major exhibitions, Picasso | Encounters and Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design. Tickets to after-party only $10. Buy tickets here

Williamstown Theatre Festival Reading

Thursday, June 8, 7 pm
Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield previews the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2017 season, followed by a reading of Alan Fox’s new play Safe Space, featuring  André Holland (“Moonlight”, WTF’s 2015 production of Paradise Blue).

Landscape Walk

Saturday, June 10, 11 am
Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes leads a journey in tree identification, exploring 1,000 newly planted trees and the "upside-down" maple trees transplanted from MASS MoCA. Reservations required.