An August 12 family day is among the programs funded in part by a gift from Coca-Cola.

Clark Art Institute Receives $25,000 from Coca-Cola to Support Impression Programming

For Immediate Release

July 06, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (July 6, 2001) - The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has received $25,000 from the Coca-Cola Company to support public programming related to the exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890. The gift will help fund a variety of programs this summer including a July 29 lecture, August 4 symposium, August 12 family fun day, and weekly gallery talks and films.

"On behalf of the Clark I wish to thank the Coca-Cola Company for their generous support," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute. "Their gift helps make possible public programming that will enhance the Impression experience for our local audiences and tourists alike."

"We are proud to partner with the Clark Art Institute and help make such a quality art exhibition accessible to the public," said J. Brady Lum, vice president of Coca-Cola North America's Northeast Region. "We hope many local families and visitors will enjoy the educational programs and activities at the museum this summer."

The largest of the events supported in part by the Coke gift is the "Impressions of Paris" Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Clark grounds will be transformed into a Parisian street scene-complete with the "Eiffel Tower." Entertainment will include marionettes, roving accordion players, human-size chess games, and a period fashion show. Vendors will offer French food as well as "kid-friendly" fare. Other activities will include art-making, a carousel, and carriage rides up and down a "street" of French boutiques. Admission to the event is free.

The Clark's lunchtime lecture series "Desert Island Pictures," offered every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. throughout the summer, focuses on paintings that were either "painted quickly," such as Renoir's Bay of Naples, or "painted slowly," such as Bouguereau's Nymphs and Satyr. In these half-hour talks, Clark curators and other guest speakers discuss works of art that "they would take with them to a desert island." Talks are free with gallery admission, and lunch is available in the Clark Café.

Like Impressionist painting, the French New Wave film movement began as an insurgency against an established studio style but became widely influential and popular. The Clark will offer the film series "New Wave Impressions: French Film in the Sixties" every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from June 21 through August 30. Among the directors featured are François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Louis Malle. All films are free.

Clark visitors will also have several opportunities to hear leading scholars speak about Impressionist art. John House, professor of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will give the lecture "Painting Quickly, Lasting Impressions" on Sunday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. Throughout the week of July 30, leading authorities on Impressionism will convene to discuss and debate issues of Impressionist practice, technique, and interpretation raised by the exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890. Members and the public will have several opportunities to participate. Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m., pairs of scholars will recap the day's closed session in a series of public conversations. On Saturday, August 4, the Clark will offer an afternoon symposium intended for general audiences. Tickets to the symposium are $15 ($12 for members).

The Clark Art Institute was chartered in 1950 by Robert Sterling Clark and opened its doors in 1955, welcoming the public to a collection of artworks and books that he and his wife had assembled over the course of five decades. Since then, the Clark has developed into one of the very few institutions to combine an important public art museum with professional research and academic programs.

Set within the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the museum is widely known for its permanent collection (which has grown significantly since the founding donation) and for its temporary exhibitions, which set forth new critical thinking on the visual arts while appealing to a broad public. The Clark's graduate program in the history of art (administered with Williams College) is among the most distinguished in the world. The Clark Fellowships provide residencies for leading scholars, who pursue their projects with the support of the Clark's renowned library and research facilities.

Located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Clark Art Institute will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while Impression is on view, with hours extended until 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Admission to Impression is on a timed-ticket basis.  The cost of tickets (which include admission to the permanent collection galleries) are $10; members, children under 18 and students with current I.D. are admitted free. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available by telephone at 1-866-THE-CLARK (1-866-843-2527) or online at Tickets are also available in person at the Clark.

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