The Clark Welcomes Families for Free Fun

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2012

Last Chance to View Copycat:  Reproducing Works of Art

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Families are invited for an afternoon of free fun to celebrate the Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 1 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. A variety of art making activities, gallery talks, films, and events are centered on the themes of cats and various forms of copying.

Drawing and copying workshops and activities include instructor-led drawing classes; a copying workshop using the Clark's portrait of George Washington; and a group project utilizing the art-enlarging technique of “squaring up” to create copies of Dismounted and Women of Amphissa. Visitors can also draw on their own in the galleries.

In addition to copying art, family day explores copying movement and rhythm.  Visitors can follow along in a Zumba class and copy moves inspired by popular international dance and hip-hop.  Musician Otha Day will lead a call-and-response drum circle in which families can copy and respond to rhythms. Otha Day has taught courses at Williams College on “Rhythm-Based Communication and Creativity,” as well as classes on “Music of the Harlem Renaissance”, Music Theory and Jazz History.

Kids will love creating pipe-cleaner kitties and having their faces painted to look like a cat ($1 charge).  And kids of all ages will enjoy watching the original Felix the Cat cartoons from the 1950s. Look for the Clark’s own Cat Woman, who will be roaming the museum throughout the afternoon.

Family day is the last chance to see Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art.  Michael Cassin, Director, Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will lead family-friendly gallery talks through the exhibition.

This Family Day is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

Exploring the line between innovation and imitation, Copycat features 50 prints and photographs that are both original works of art and repetitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and architecture created by other artists. Whether to learn a technique, record a striking composition, or capitalize on the popularity of a painting or sculpture, artists have long reproduced extant works of art. While originality trumps imitation today, copyists—particularly printmakers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—were crucial in the exchange of ideas. The exhibition highlights replications of many rarely seen works from the Clark’s permanent collection, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Paul Cézanne, Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt van Rijn, Roger Fenton, and Édouard Manet, among others. The exhibition also marks the first public presentation of one of the Clark’s recent acquisitions, Jean Dughet’s series The Seven Sacraments. Copycat is on view through April 1.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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April 1—Families are invited to celebrate the Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 1 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm with an afternoon of free events inspired by the theme of copying. This event is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc. Some events and activities have limited participation; sign in at the welcome table to obtain tickets.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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