Calendar Listings December 2004

For Immediate Release

November 12, 2004

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

Hours Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Closed December 25, January 1
Admission November 1-May 31, free ($10 June-October)

Press Contact: Sherrill Ingalls, 413-458-2303, ext. 388


Through January 2, 2005
Medieval Mystery: Who is The Master of the Embroidered Foliage?
The 15th-century Netherlandish painter known only as The Master of the Embroidered Foliage is best recognized for his panel paintings of the Virgin and Child. The virtually identical compositions depict Mary in voluminous robes, seated on a throne while the Christ child in her arms leafs through an illustrated manuscript. The backgrounds of these detailed panels vary greatly from landscape to city streets. All are rich in palette and pattern and are finely painted with great detail. This exhibition brings together for the first time four of these works from public and private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France, including the painting from the Clark Art Institute's collection. An innovative presentation encourages visitors to participate in solving the mysteries of this artist. The exhibition has been organized by the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange).

Through January 2, 2005
Albrecht Dürer: The Life of the Virgin
The German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was one of the great masters of the Northern Renaissance. In 1511 Dürer published his Life of the Virgin series, twenty woodcuts that depict various episodes throughout the Virgin Mary's life. The Clark's exceptional collection includes a virtually complete representation of Dürer's vast body of engravings, woodcuts, and etchings.

Through January 9, 2005
Masks and Masquerades
Images of masks and masquerades from the permanent collection, including works by Louis-Émile Durandelle, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, and Max Beckmann. The selection of prints and photographs ranges in subject from carnivals and operas to mask-like faces that border on caricature.


Wednesday, December 1
1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Mini-course
"A New Beginning: The 15th Century in Italy"
Michael Cassin, Curator of Education
$6 ($4 for members)
413-458-2303, extension 363

Thursday, December 2
7:30 p.m.
Fellows' Favorites Film Series
Contempt (Le Mepris) (1963, 102
minutes) introduced by Davide Stimilli

Friday, December 3
10 a.m.
Gallery Talk for New Mothers

Saturday, December 4
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Textile Family Day
Craft show, art-making activities, knitting and weaving lessons, live entertainment, and more.

Sunday, December 5
2:00 p.m.
"Medieval Mysteries" Film Series
The Advocate (1993, 102 minutes)

Thursday, December 9
12:30 p.m.
Looking at Lunchtime Gallery Talk
Ugolino da Siena's Virgin and Child with Saints
Danielle Steinman, assistant curator of education

Thursday, December 9
7:30 p.m.
Fellows' Favorites Film Series
L'Anglaise et le Duc (2001, 125
minutes) introduced by Stephen Bann, Clark Fellow

Saturday, December 11
8:00 p.m.
Holiday Concert
The Barra MacNeils
$25 ($22 members)

Sunday, December 12
2:00 p.m.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1983, 111 minutes, French with subtitles)

Tuesday, December 14
5:30 p.m.
Clark Lecture
"Respeaking Othello in Fred Wilson's Speak of Me as I Am"
Peter Erickson, Clark Fellow

Tuesday, December 28-Thursday, December 30
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m
School Vacation Week Open House
Free family activities

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