The Clark presents Peter Greenaway’s exotic and moving film Nightwatching
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2011
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark presents Peter Greenaway’s exotic and moving film Nightwatching on Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 pm as part of the free Looking at Rembrandt Film Series. The film series continues concludes with Rembrandt on December 4.
Nightwatching (2007, 134 min) explores Rembrandt’s romantic and professional life through his famous painting The Night Watch, which is said to contain the clues to unraveling a murder plot. The film has received high acclaim for its clever dialogue and beautiful neo-classical cinematography. Greenaway’s documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse (2009, 86 min) will follow the feature, providing an in-depth analysis of The Night Watch and the political and cultural climate of seventeenth-century Holland. Rembrandt’s J’Accuse was featured as one of the officially selected documentaries in Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival of 2009.
The intimate exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, a selection of portraits by two great masters, presents a first-time exploration of Rembrandt van Rijn’s influence on Edgar Degas. At the beginning of his career, Degas created approximately forty self-portraits in paintings, prints, and drawings. As a developing artist he studied the portraiture of earlier masters, perhaps none more closely than Rembrandt, who had made self-portraits throughout his life. Degas encountered Rembrandt’s etchings during his student years and on subsequent travels in Italy, and he made several direct copies of Rembrandt’s prints. This experience seems to have stimulated Degas’s own exploration of the technical and expressive potential of portraiture and self-portraiture in painted and graphic form. The exhibition was organized by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in association with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the works are drawn primarily from the holdings of each institution.
Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship, presenting public and education programs and organizing groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The institution’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences; together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.
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.
November 27: The Clark presents Peter Greenaway’s exotic and moving film Nightwatching on Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 pm as part of the free Looking at Rembrandt Film Series. The film series continues concludes with Rembrandt on December 4. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.