Enter the Psyche of Contemporary Artists in the Clark’s Free “Artists Now” Film Series

For Immediate Release

April 04, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— “Artists Now: Documenting Creative Process,” a free documentary film series presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, examines how contemporary artists interact with their art—and each other. The films are screened on Sundays at 2:00 pm in April and May, beginning with Chuck Close on April 15 and culminating with Marwencol on May 13. The films will be presented in full widescreen and HD.

The Films

Chuck Close
Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm
This engrossing documentary by Marion Cajori follows Chuck Close as he creates one of his enormous self-portraits over the span of many months.  A beautiful blend of representation and abstraction, this film portrays the community of artists who came out of Yale in the early sixties. (2007, 116 min.)

Waste Land
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm
Lucy Walker’s Academy Award-nominated film follows Vik Muniz, an artist famous for his unusual materials—such as a Madonna in chocolate syrup— as he returns to Brazil to create portraits of the people who eke a living out of recyclable materials from Jardim Gramacho, Rio’s largest landfill. (2010, 98 min.)

Hockney Binocular
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm
Bruno Wollheim’s David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (2009, 60 min.) follows the artist as he returns late in life to his native Yorkshire to paint large-scale plein air landscapes. Alan Benson's Hockney at the Tate (1988, 52 min.) features an eye-opening interview with the artist at the Tate’s retrospective of his work. 

Beautiful Losers
Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm
This documentary by gallerist Aaron Rose and actor Joshua Leonard follows the lives and careers of a group of “do-it-yourself” artists who emerged from the subcultures of skateboarding, punk, and graffiti in the nineties to make an indelible mark on the art world, represented most famously by Shepard Fairey’s iconic “Hope” poster of President Obama. (2008, 90 min.)

Marwencol
Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 pm
This “exhilarating, utterly unique” documentary (Los Angeles Times) is the story of Mark Hogancamp, who was brain-damaged in a vicious attack and recreates his identity by constructing and photographing an elaborate backyard World War II scenario using G.I. Joes and Barbies. When his photographs are discovered by an art magazine and exhibited in a New York gallery, Mark is forced to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he has avoided since the attack. (2010, 83 min.)

The Clark

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. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’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 free through June 15. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Calendar Listing

“Artists Now: Documenting Creative Process,” a free documentary film series presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, examines how contemporary artists interact with their art—and each other. The films are screened on Sundays at 2:00 pm in April and May, beginning with Chuck Close on April 15 and culminating with Marwencol on May 13. The films will be presented in full widescreen and HD.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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