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Clark to Host Discussion on Expanding Museums November 16

For Immediate Release

November 01, 2002

Suzanne Stephens, special correspondent to Architectural Record, will moderate the discussion "Expanding Museums in the 21st-Century" at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 16, at 4:00 p.m. Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute, senior curator Richard Rand, and James N. Wood, director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago and trustee of the Clark, will speak about issues facing museums as they look to expand in the century ahead. Admission is free.

The Clark Conversation is offered in connection with the Clark's exhibition Tadao Ando: Architect. 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. Ando's sensitivity to landscape and the contemplative nature of his interior spaces led the Institute to select him as architect for its upcoming expansion 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 Clark is the only other venue for Tadao Ando: Architect, which originated at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibition is on view at the Clark through April 27.

The Art Institute of Chicago is currently planning an expansion by architect Renzo Piano.

The Clark

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by the beauty of its 140-acre setting in the Berkshires.

The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world.

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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