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The Clark and Jacob’s Pillow Explore Artist Influence in Free Talk at Jacob’s Pillow

For Immediate Release

August 02, 2010

August 2, 2010

The Clark and Jacob’s Pillow Explore Artist Influence in Free Talk at Jacob’s Pillow

For Immediate Release

Digital images available upon request

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Jacob’s Pillow will collaborate on an exploration of how artists derive inspiration from each other during Picasso Looks at Degas/Others Look at Boléro, a Pillow Talk being held at Jacob’s Pillow on August 21 at 4:00 pm. This free program features Richard Kendall, curator of the Clark’s critically acclaimed exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas, and The Göteborg Ballet’s director Johaness Öhman in a lively dialogue moderated by Houston-based dance writer Nancy Wozny. Kendall will discuss the theme of artistic inspiration in terms of Degas’s influence on Picasso, and the Göteborg Ballet's Johannes Öhman will discuss his company’s three contemporary interpretations of Ravel’s Boléro.

Richard Kendall, an independent art historian and exhibition curator, is curator-at-large at the Clark. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker before earning an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, he has published books on Cezanne, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh. He curated several major Degas exhibitions in Britain and the United States and has written essays and reviews on the work of contemporary artists including Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, and Leon Kossoff.

Johannes Öhman started dancing an early age and won the Paris Opera Prix Rayonnement in the 1986 International Paris Competition; in the same year he was a finalist at The International Ballet Competition in Varna. He has worked as a teacher with The Cullberg Ballet, The Academy of Ballet in Stockholm, and The Royal Swedish Ballet. Between 2002 and 2007 he was the Artistic Director of Stockholm 59° North, a contemporary company featuring soloists of The Royal Swedish Ballet that regularly tours both in Sweden and internationally.

Picasso Looks at Degas exhibition curators Richard Kendall and Elizabeth Cowling met with members of the Picasso family, studied hundreds of works by Picasso and Degas, and visited archives, museums, and private collections in the United States and Europe while conducting research for the exhibition which has been hailed as a “…double-barrelled delight” by the Wall Street Journal, and “…one of the most revelatory exhibitions on American soil this year” by the Boston Globe. The exhibition is on view at the Clark in Williamstown, Massachusetts, through September 12, 2010.

3xBoléro, at Jacob’s Pillow August 18 through 22, includes three diverse contemporary works by acclaimed Nordic choreographers Johan Inger, Kenneth Kvarnström, and Alexander Ekman. The program includes Walking Mad (a work created for Nederlands Dans Theater and popularly performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) set to Maurice Ravel’s “Boléro” and “Fur Alina” by Arvo Pärt. OreloB is a lyrical work with stark lighting and innovative partnering, danced to a futuristic electronic score by Jukka Rintamäki, and Episode 17—a burst of theatricality for 19 dancers in spiky black wigs— by turns funny and poignant, and full of utterly phenomenal dancing.

Calendar Listing:

June 13 through September 12, 2010: Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, Picasso Looks at Degas examines Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this groundbreaking exhibition exploring the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation with Degas through dramatic pairings and groupings of the two artists’ work that have never been brought together in this ambitious way. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

August 21, 2010: Picasso Looks at Degas/Others Look at Boléro, a free Pillow Talk at Jacob’s Pillow. Richard Kendall, curator of the Clark’s critically acclaimed exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas, and The Göteborg Ballet’s director Johaness Öhman in a lively dialogue moderated by Houston-based dance writer Nancy Wozny. Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Road, Becket MA, 413 243 0745, jacobspillow.org

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