Renowned Storyteller Eshu Bumpus to Present Traditional African Folktales at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Families are invited to celebrate the El Anatsui exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with traditional African folktales presented by renowned storyteller Eshu Bumpus on Tuesday afternoons, July 5 through August 23, 2:00–3:00 pm. These events will take place at Stone Hill Center, and are free with gallery admission.

Eshu Bumpus captivates his audience by telling a variety of African, African-American, and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery. Bumpus is a renowned storyteller and an accomplished jazz vocalist. He has performed on the Exchange Place stage at the National Festival and the 10th Annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival, and performed 36 sold-out shows in 13 days at the Smithsonian. He has presented educational programs in 18 states across America.

Acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui weaves together discarded metal objects to create large-scale sculptures that demonstrate a fascinating interplay of colors and shapes. By “subverting the stereotype of metal as a stiff, rigid medium,” the artist says, he creates “a soft, pliable, almost sensuous material capable of attaining immense dimensions and being adapted to specific spaces.” A selection of Anatsui’s recent large-scale sculptures are on view at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center from through October 16 in an installation that explores the themes of history, economy, sustainability, and identity.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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Tuesdays, July 5–August 23: Families are invited to celebrate the El Anatsui exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with traditional African folktales presented by renowned storyteller Eshu Bumpus on Tuesday afternoons, July 5 through August 23, 2:00–3:00 pm. These events will take place at Stone Hill Center, and are free with gallery admission. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact: 
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