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Frame Exhibition "Made in the USA" Now Touring France

For Immediate Release

December 21, 2001

Made in the USA: l'Art Americain, 1908-1947, the first exhibition organized by the French Regional American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is about to travel to the French museums of Rennes and Montpellier after ending a successful run at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bordeaux. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of nine American museums participating in FRAME. The exhibition features the Clark's painting West Point, Prout's Neck by Winslow Homer.

Made in the USA presents more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs representing United States artistic movements from the first half of the 20th century. This aspect of American art history has been largely unknown in France. When the exhibition opened in October, the Museum of Fine Arts in Bordeaux saw the highest attendance for a reception in its history, with more than 1200 members of the public attending.

"The exhibition is the largest and most important exhibition of American art from the first half of the 20th century ever held in France," said Richard Brettell, director of FRAME. "And the fact that it will travel to three great regional museums in France means that it will be viewed by a diverse French public."

Brettell noted that the exhibition opened just two weeks after the tragic events of September 11. "FRAME helped take American art directly to the French people, and it did so precisely when an open discussion of America's position in the world was most needed."

The exhibition closes at Bordeaux on December 31. It will then be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes (January 18-March 31) and the Musée Fabre in Montpellier (April 12-June 23).

FRAME is a coalition of regional art museums dedicated to promoting French and American cooperation. Founded in 1999, FRAME forges new partnerships among eighteen institutions with combined collections of more than 1.5 million objects by organizing exhibitions, sharing works of art, and exchanging information, personnel, and technology. The projects are dedicated to the cultural needs of each nation and educate a constituency of unique size, breadth, and distribution. In addition to the Clark, the American museums participating in FRAME are the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), Yale University Art Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In France the museums are Bordeaux, Rouen, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, and Rennes, the Augustine Museum of Toulouse, and the Fabre Museum of Montpellier.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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