Tadao Ando Featured in Documentary Inspirations October 4

For Immediate Release

September 24, 2002

The Clark Art Institute will begin a series of free films on Fridays with a showing of the 1997 documentary, Inspirations, on Friday, October 4, at 4:00 p.m. The film by director Michael Apted features Tadao Ando, the architect chosen to design the Clark's campus enhancement and whose work is highlighted in the exhibition Tadao Ando: Architect this fall. Admission to the film is free.

Ando is one of seven artists who explain their creative process in the documentary, jumping off from the common question, "Where do you get your ideas?" Other artists profiled in the film include Roy Lichtenstein and Dave Chihuly. Apted is known for his feature films Coal Miner's Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist, as well as for his acclaimed documentary series 7 Up.

The Friday film series will continue on October 11 with Late Spring, the first of four films by the famous Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The series "Yasujiro Ozu and the Architectonics of Film" will also include screenings of Tokyo Story (October 18), Good Morning (October 25), and An Autumn Afternoon (November 1).

Tadao Ando: Architect is on view at the Clark September 28 through April 27. Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando is one of the most celebrated architects working today. The exhibition features 15 buildings and projects through models, drawings, photographs, and videos in an installation specially designed by the architect. The Clark is the only other venue for Tadao Ando: Architect, which originated at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Ando's sensitivity to landscape and the contemplative nature of his interior spaces led the Institute to select him as architect for its upcoming building and campus enhancement. Projects featured in Tadao Ando: Architect include private residences designed in the 1970s and Ando's Japanese churches of the 1980s, The exhibition brings Ando's career up to date with his recent commissions for museums in the United States and abroad, including the newly opened Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis. Designs for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, scheduled to open later this year, the future Calder Museum in Philadelphia, and the much-heralded commission for the Pinault Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris will also be on view.

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. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and children free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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