Old Masters in New Frames
Free Film Series with Commentary Explores the Lives of Artists

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—On Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm, the Old Masters in New Frames film series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continues with a free screening of Lech Majewski’s The Mill & the Cross (2011, 95 min.). The film offers a unique opportunity, through special effects and dramatization, to enter the world of a Pieter Bruegel painting, with the artist himself (played by Rutger Hauer) as guide. Independent scholar Keith Moxey will provide context and commentary on the film.

Old Masters in New Frames is a free film series that pairs feature films about famous artists with scholarly interlocutors who put the work in context, offering an introduction and/or leading a post-film discussion. The series pairs highly esteemed feature films about famous artists with curators and educators who will offer an introduction and/or lead a post-film discussion, thus putting a new frame around the subject. All films are screened on Thursdays at 7:00 pm; admission is free.

October 18: Caravaggio. (1986, 90 min.) Derek Jarman's bold experiment in portraiture tells the story of the scandalous Italian Baroque painter, played by Nigel Terry, with his muse and model played by Tilda Swinton. Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will tell tales about the painter and his world.

November 1: Edvard Munch. (1974, 172 min.)  Peter Watkins's brilliant docudrama follows the early life and career of the grim Norwegian painter, showing what led to The Scream. Jay Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs for the Clark and author of Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth, will introduce and assess the film.

November 15: Lust for Life. (1956, 122 min.) Vincente Minnelli’s adaptation of the Irving Stone novel is an unusually serious Hollywood biopic, imbued with the colors of Vincent Van Gogh’s art and life. Kirk Douglas gives an impassioned performance as Van Gogh, with Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin. Perspective will be provided by Richard Kendall, Curator at Large for the Clark and author of Van Gogh’s Van Goghs.

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 Tuesday through Sunday from September through June (daily in July and August), 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.

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471


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