Community Days at the Clark June 28-30

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2004

Residents of Berkshire, Columbia, Rennselaer, and Bennington Counties admitted free to "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet"! during Community Days

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (June 15, 2004) - The Clark will offer free admission to residents of Berkshire County, Bennington County, Vermont, and Columbia and Rennselaer Counties in New York State on Monday, June 28, Tuesday, June 29, and Wednesday, June 30. Residents presenting an i.d. with a local address are entitled to free admission to the special exhibition "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, as well as the Clark's permanent collection galleries, on any or all of the three days. The galleries will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 28 and 29, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 30. 

The Berkshire Eagle, North Adams Transcript, and Bennington Banner are proud media sponsors of Community Days at the Clark.

Community Day activities will include gallery talks of the Clark's world-famous permanent collection of French Impressionist, Old Master, and American paintings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors are also encouraged to hike or picnic on the Clark's park-like 140-acre campus.

"Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" is on view June 27 through September 6. The show features masterpieces by Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Alexandre Cabanel, and others. The show highlights some of the most influential images of 19th-century French painting, including the famous title painting by Courbet. The 45 paintings, 20 drawings, and five sculptures, many of which have rarely been seen in the United States, are all drawn from the collection of Alfred Bruyas (1821-1876). Bruyas was one of the foremost collectors of art of his day in France. The exhibition is organized by the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, and the Clark, with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Beginning June 27, the galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/bruyas/

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