Free Clark Lecture at the Mahaiwe: “Journey of Discovery—Robert Sterling Clark in North China, and Archaeology There Today”

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Thursday, July 19, at 7 pm, Tom Loughman, assistant deputy director at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present a free lecture titled “Journey of Discovery: Robert Sterling Clark in North China, and Archaeology There Today.” The lecture, held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (mahaiwe.org) in Great Barrington, MA, will provide an overview of the Clark’s summer exhibitions, Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China. Accompanying the Through Shên-kan exhibition is Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China. Loughman’s talk at the Mahaiwe, co-presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

Unearthed and Through Shên-kan are part of the Clark’s current cultural exchange initiative with China, inspired by a scientific expedition to northern China undertaken by Institute founder Sterling Clark in 1908 to document the region’s terrain, ecology, and meteorological conditions. Loughman, a graduate of the Clark/Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art who went on to earn a PhD in art history from Rutgers University, will discuss the expeditionary team’s journey and its impact and relevance today. He also will provide insight on the exceptional objects on view and what they reveal about ancient China.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China
June 16–October 21, 2012
Unearthed, presented in the Clark’s main galleries, showcases a selection of antiquities recently excavated from three separate ancient tombs in China’s Shanxi and Gansu provinces. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a monumental fifth-century stone sarcophagus in the form of a traditional Chinese house measuring nearly 8 ft. x 12 ft. and weighing more than 10 tons. This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with Art Exhibitions China and is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China
June 16–September 16, 2012
Through Shên-kan, presented in the Clark’s Stone Hill Center galleries, tells the story of Sterling Clark’s 1908 expedition to northern China (as described in the 1912 book Through Shên-kan: The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908–9, by Robert Sterling Clark and Arthur de Carle Sowerby). On display are original equipment and artifacts used during the trek, historical documents and photographs, and samples of specimens collected by the naturalists who were a part of the expedition. This exhibition, curated by Tom Loughman, is supported by the Fernleigh Foundation.

Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China
June 16–September 16, 2012
Accompanying Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China is a presentation of historic photographs from Sterling Clark’s 1908–09 expedition, complemented by photographs of the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later. Pairs of images juxtaposed along the Clark’s campus trails and in the Hunter Studio at Stone Hill Center illustrate what has changed—and what has remained the same—over the past century.

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, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar Listing

July 19: At 7 pm, Tom Loughman, assistant deputy director at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present a free lecture titled “Journey of Discovery: Robert Sterling Clark in North China, and Archaeology There Today” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. Loughman will provide an overview of the Clark’s summer exhibitions—Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China—and offer insight on the exceptional objects on view and what they reveal about ancient China. He also will discuss the 1908 expedition led by Institute founder Sterling Clark that inspired the exhibitions, and the journey’s ongoing impact and relevance today. This lecture is co-presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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

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