Special Opening Preview Event for Clark Members to Celebrate Homer Exhibition

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2005

Members of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are invited to celebrate the opening of this fall’s exhibition Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History at a special preview on Saturday, October 8, at 6 pm. Highlighting the event is a first-hand look and talk by Marc Simpson, curator of American art, and curator of the exhibition. The New England-inspired reception will offer complimentary wine, cash bar, and savory hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, additional information, or to learn more about becoming a member, call 413-458-0580.

In the largest showing from the Clark’s extensive Homer holdings in decades, the exhibition offers insights into the artist’s achievement, raises questions about the variable nature of history, and documents the collection’s own institutional past. On view from October 9, 2005 through January 16, 2006, Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History will showcase 10 oil paintings, 11 watercolors, 17 drawings and etchings, and one photograph, as well as approximately 120 rarely seen wood engravings. Comprising almost 250 works by Homer, dating from 1857 to 1904, the Clark’s deep holdings provide a variety of distinctive perspectives on this important American artist. The project continues the Clark’s tradition of creating exhibitions that cast new light onto the careers of well-known artists.

About the Clark

In May 2005, the Clark began 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 will include the summer 2006 special exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings from the Collections of Sterling and Stephen Clark exploring 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 throughout the 18-month festivities.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (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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