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Summer 2012 Events - Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—Robert Sterling Clark, founder of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, published his book Through Shên-kan: The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, one hundred years ago this year. This summer, the Clark celebrates the centennial of the book’s publication and Sterling Clark’s 1908–09 scientific exploration with a series of exhibitions exploring Chinese art, history, and archaeology. Visitors are invited to dig in and discover exceptional works on view in Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China, which features ancient burial objects never before seen outside of China. On view at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center is Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China, an exhibition that includes equipment, specimens, historical documents, and related material from the Clark expedition, as well as Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China, in which historic photographs of life in China’s Shanxi and Gansu provinces taken in 1908–09 are juxtaposed with contemporary photographs of some of the same scenes, taken one hundred years later.

The Clark’s summer of exploration continues beyond the galleries with a lively series of cross-cultural events. Enjoy free talks, live outdoor music, family-friendly activities, and more every week on the Clark’s 140-acre campus. Visit clarkart.edu to view the current calendar of events.

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 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

EXHIBITIONS

June 16–October 21
Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China
In 1908, the Clark’s founder Sterling Clark organized a scientific expedition to Northern China to document the region’s terrain and ecology. To commemorate the centennial of this journey, in 2008 the Clark initiated a series of collaborations with Chinese arts agencies and museums. This cultural exchange culminates this summer with a special presentation of recent archaeological discoveries from the Shanxi and Gansu provinces never before exhibited outside of China.

June 16–September 16
Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China
This exhibition at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Through Shên-kan: The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908–09. The exhibition features a selection of biological specimens, scientific equipment, historic photographs, and original documents related to the expedition.

June 16–September 16
Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China
Accompanying the exhibition Through Shên-kan is a presentation of historic photographs from Sterling Clark’s 1908–09 exploration of Northern China and the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju one hundred years later. Juxtaposed pairs of images positioned along campus trails and in Stone Hill Center illustrate how much has changed—and what has remained the same—over the last century.

Through January 1, 2014
Clark Remix
Clark Remix presents highlights from the Clark’s permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts in an interactive space that allows audiences to engage with the collection in new ways.
Clark Classic
Clark Classic highlights many of the most significant and beloved works from the Clark’s permanent collection.

FAMILY FUN

Every Monday–Thursday in July at 2 pm, starting July 4
Mingqi
Learn about Mingqi (“ming-CHEE”)—traditional Chinese “spirit utensils” in the shape of mythical beasts, graceful dancers, and everyday objects—and make your own! Get inspired by the mingqi on view in the exhibition Unearthed, or create your very own creatures using clay, molds, and other tools. This event is fun for all ages and free with gallery admission.

Friday, July 6, 10 am–5 pm
Free Fun Friday
Enjoy free admission and lots of fun thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s state-wide cultural initiative. The Clark is proud to be among 50 participating museums, theaters, and cultural landmarks this summer. No registration or tickets required: just visit and enjoy!

FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER BAND CONCERTS

Come to the Clark the first four Tuesdays in July for free live music on the lawn beginning at 6pm. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase and the galleries will remain open until 6 pm. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium. The Clark’s free outdoor summer band concert series is sponsored by Williamstown Savings Bank.

July 3 - The Eagles Band
The official band of the city of Pittsfield, The Eagles Band will perform a free patriotic outdoor concert in celebration of Independence Day.

July 10 - Misty Blues
Misty Blues will perform rock and folk songs infused with classic blues sounds.

July 17 - Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys
Bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys will have you dancing with a performance packed with energy and humor.

July 24 - Incendio
The Latin guitar world-fusion group Incendio recasts the timeless, romantic Spanish guitar in powerful modern arrangements.

CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE CLARK

Join us at the Clark for a pre-concert dinner on Tuesdays at 6 pm before each 8 pm chamber music performance. Dinners are $27 per person. Space is limited; reservations are required. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members and students). Purchase tickets and reserve a place at dinner online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

July 31 - Ying String Quartet
The Ying String Quartet will perform a chamber music concert featuring a selection of short works by Chinese-American composers in the framework of a traditional concert.

August 7 - Hermitage Piano Trio
The Hermitage Piano Trio will perform a chamber music concert featuring works by Haydn, Arensky, and Tchaikovsky.

August 14 - Carpe Diem String Quartet, with pipa player Yihan Chen
The Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform a chamber music concert featuring works by Beethoven, Lei Liang, and Korine Fujiwara, with special guest artist Yihan Chen, a prize-winning pipa player.

August 21 - Shanghai String Quartet
The Shanghai String Quartet will perform a chamber music concert featuring works by Mozart and Smetana, as well as selections from ChinaSong, the quartet’s most popular album.

FILM

Through Shaanxi and Gansu
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in July at 12:15 pm
This free documentary presentation recounts the story of Sterling Clark’s original expedition through Northern China in 1908–09, along with that of the equally arduous journey undertaken some one hundred years later by Chinese photographer Li Ju, whose personal quest was to reshoot modern images of the sites and scenes originally photographed by Clark’s expeditionary team. This English-language short film provides a 45-minute overview of the full documentary, which aired over five nights on the national TV station of the People’s Republic of China.

Adventures in Exploration film series
The first four Mondays in July at 3 pm
This free film series allows viewers to travel with intrepid explorers to the four corners of the world and encounter native cultures in exotic locales.

  • July 2 - The Man Who Would Be King
  • July 9 - Mountains of the Moon
  • July 16 - Fitzcarraldo
  • July 23 - Black Robe

China’s Terracotta Warriors
Every Tuesday in July at 12:15 pm
Actor Liev Schrieber narrates this PBS documentary on the 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors discovered by Chinese archaeologists in 1974 near the city of Xian. An amazing archaeological find, the terracotta warriors date back more than two thousand years. This film investigates the story behind China’s terracotta warriors and documents their restoration.

China Looks in the Mirror film series
Every Monday in August at 3 pm
This free film series explores the tumultuous changes of the past 70 years in the world’s most populous and dynamic society.

  • August 6 - To Live
  • August 13 - Sunflower
  • August 20 - 24 City
  • August 27 - Last Train Home

GALLERY TALKS

ClarkNOW/ClarkNEXT Gallery Talks
Daily in July and August at 11:15 am and 2 pm, beginning July 1
Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Clark, the permanent collection, the special exhibitions—and the exciting plans for the Institute’s future.

Gallery Talks at Stone Hill Center
Daily in July and August at 3:15 pm, beginning July 1
Join a Clark educator in the galleries to learn more about the special exhibition Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China.

Looking at Lunchtime
Spend a half-hour with Clark curators and other staff members for a look at their personal favorite works from the Clark's permanent collection. This event will be located in the auditorium and is free with gallery admission.

  • July 12, 12:30 pm - Sarah Lees, Associate Curator of European Art
  • August 9, 12:30 pm - Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts

LECTURES

Sunday, July 8, 3 pm
Digging the Ancient Maya: A Personal Stratigraphy of Archaeology
Free lecture by Stephen Houston, MacArthur Fellow and Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University.

Sunday, July 22, 3 pm
Author Reading: Natalie Dykstra
In her new biography Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life, Natalie Dykstra illuminates the life of Clover Adams, socialite, amateur photographer, and wife Henry Adams. Dykstra will present a free, illustrated talk on Clover’s life and photographs. A book signing will follow the event.

Sunday, July 29, 3 pm
Unearthed and Notions of Ethnic Identity in Medieval China
Free lecture by Christopher Nugent, Associate Professor of Chinese at Williams College.

Saturday, August 4, 2 pm
Constable After Modernism
The Clark celebrates the publication of Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art with a free lecture by Tim Barringer, Paul Melon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, and a catalogue contributor. A book signing will follow the event.

Sunday, August 19, 3 pm
Song Shaozu's Sarcophagus: Coffin and Tomb Making in 5th–8th Century China
Free lecture by Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania. A successful journey to the afterlife required anticipating the needs of the deceased and correctly preparing a tomb. Steinhardt will “unearth” the mysteries of Song Shaozu’s sarcophagus, the highlight of the Unearthed exhibition.

PERFORMING ARTS

July 19 and 26, 4 pm
London’s National Theatre: Recorded Live in HD
Frankenstein (encore performances)
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker in Frankenstein, a play by Nick Dear directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), based on the classic novel by Mary Shelley. In a unique staging, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the creature. The Clark presents both versions, a week apart (July 19: Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein; July 26: Jonny Lee Miller as the creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein). Contains strong adult content. $25 ($20 members and students). Purchase tickets online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

About 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 daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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