February 2003 Calendar Listings

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2003

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM-5PM (also open President's Day, 10AM-5PM)
Admission: Free (Nov-May)


through April 27, 2003
Tadao Ando, Architect
Tadao Ando, the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and the recipient of the 2002 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, is one of the most celebrated architects working today. Ando's sensitivity to landscape and the contemplative nature of his interior spaces led the Clark Art Institute to select him as architect for its upcoming building and campus enhancement. Masterfully reconciling the minimalist vocabulary of modern Western architecture and the sensitivity of Japanese building and garden design, Ando's work relates edifice to landscape in a profoundly spiritual manner. This exhibition features 15 buildings and projects through models, drawings, photographs, and videos in an installation specially designed by the architect. Projects span 30 years of Ando's career, from his early residences and churches to his recent American museum commissions. The exhibition originated at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

February 16-May 11, 2003
Renoir and Algeria
The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the centerpiece of this exhibition, the first devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show will feature studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882. Organized by the Clark Art Institute with guest curator Roger Benjamin, a leading scholar of French Orientalist art, the exhibition features loans from American and European museums and private collections. Renoir and Algeria will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris.

The exhibition is organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The catalogue publication is made possible in part through the generous support of Patti Cadby Birch.


Tuesday, February 11, 2003
5:30 p.m.
Clark Lecture
Clark Fellow Ellen Wiley-Todd of George Mason University, will give the lecture "Making a Waist: Workers, Wearers, and Fashion's Image Before the 1911 Triangle Fire." Presented by the Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute.

Thursday, February 13, 2003
12:30 p.m.
Desert Island Pictures
Breta Yvars, assistant curator of education, will give a half-hour gallery talk about The Bridle Path by Winslow Homer. In this lunchtime lecture series, offered on the second Thursday of the month, curators discuss works in the Clark collection that they would take with them if "stranded on a desert island."

Saturday, February 15, 2003
8:00 p.m.
"A Postcard from Algiers" Winter Party
Celebrate the opening of Renoir and Algeria at the Clark's popular annual winter party. The exotic atmosphere of Algeria will come to life with inspired décor, enchanting entertainment, and enticing activities. Imaginative costumes are encouraged. On the menu are decadent desserts, creative cocktails, and cordials (cash bar). Begin the festivities early at one of the area restaurants offering prix fixe dinner menus. Advance reservations required. Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for non-members. 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Sunday, February 16, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Public Conversation: "Renoir and Algeria"
Richard Kendall, consulting curator of 19th-century French paintings at the Clark, will moderate a public conversation about the exhibition Renoir and Algeria. Guest curator Roger Benjamin, catalogue co-author David Prochaska, and Carol Ockman of Williams College will participate. Admission is free.

Saturday, February 22, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk
A public tour of the exhibition Tadao Ando: Architect. Admission is free.

Saturday, February 22, 2003
8:00 p.m.
Mamadou Diabate
Born in Mali, Mamadou Diabate is descended from a long line of jeli, the musician-storytellers of the Manding people of West Africa. A virtuoso of the kora, Diabate and his ensemble will perform traditional music of Mali. Part of the series "Out of Africa: Music from Guinea, Mali, and Senegal." Tickets are $19 ($17 for members). To order, call 413-458-2303, ext. 324.

Sunday, February 23, 2003
2:00 p.m.
Film: The Garden of Allah (1936, 85 minutes)
Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer star in this Technicolor classic produced by David O. Selznick. The film is part of the series "France in Algeria, Algeria in France," offered in connection with the exhibition Renoir and Algeria. Admission is free.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
1:00 p.m.
"Every Picture Tells a Story"
Part four of this mini-course will focus on the painting Blonde Bather by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. $6 ($5 members).

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