July 24 “Clark Through The Decades Family Day” Offers Fun Blasts from the Past

For Immediate Release

June 09, 2005

“Through the Decades at the Clark Family Day” on Sunday, July 24 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute celebrates 50 years of art in nature with a day of fun activities looking back at the past five decades and into the future. This free fun-for-all-ages event will be held both indoors and outdoors on the Clark campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the galleries will also be free on this day.

Test your skills at Hula-Hoop, a climbing wall, a Velcro jump, and other games from the past and present, available all day. Feeling nostalgic? Vintage TV shows will play in the courtyard all afternoon and vintage cars of the past 50 years will be on display on the grounds. Ongoing art activities will include creating Dick and Jane puppets, love beads, and money mobiles under a tent on the South Lawn. Memory graffiti boards, one for each decade, will invite guests to reminisce with their words, phrases, and drawings. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, a psychic will offer fun future forecasts all day, available at $5 for a 10-minute session.

From poodle skirts, hot pants, and tie dye, to neon and high-tops, the Fifty Years of Fashion show at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. will bring to life the popular styles of the past five decades. At 12:45 and 3:15 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Broadway musicals from the past 50 years in the auditorium.

The South Lawn area will host dance lessons beginning at 11 a.m. Learn the Jitterbug at 11 a.m., Twist at noon, Hustle at 1 p.m., break-dancing at 2 p.m., and don’t miss the 1990s ever-popular Macarena at 3 p.m.

Capturing the material world of pop culture will be a Time Capsule Boutique offering music, vintage fashion, and videos. The boutique will be open for shopping throughout the family celebration.

Pizza, hamburgers, sushi and more will be available from local food vendors Hot Tomatoes, Spice Root, Helen’s Place, Tupelo Honey, Lickety Split, Taconic Restaurant, and Jae’s at the Clark on the grounds all day.

The Clark is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a year-long program of special exhibitions and initiatives, including the establishment of a new prize for arts writing and the first national tour of masterpieces from its permanent collection. The program also encompasses several special exhibitions including Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile (through September 5, 2005), the first exhibition to examine the artist’s post-Revolutionary years, and Little Women, Little Men: Folk Art Portraits of Children from the Fenimore Art Museum (July 4-October 9, 2005) featuring 11 paintings of children by American itinerant portrait artists including Ammi Phillips, Erastus Salisbury Field, Joseph Whiting Stock, William Matthew Prior, and others (part of the Berkshire-wide collaboration “American Traditions”). In summer 2006, The Clark Brothers Collect Renoir to Matisse, Homer to Hopper will explore the collecting history of Sterling Clark and his brother Stephen, bringing together works from their acclaimed collections for the first time. Celebrations and programs are planned for area residents throughout the 18-month festivities.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31, is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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