Celebrate Siblings at the Clark's Free Family Day on July 30

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2006

A spectacular family day of sibling-inspired outdoor adventures and indoor activities will celebrate the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. The “Clark Brothers Lawn Party Family Day” on Sunday, July 30 from 11 am to 4 pm features fun for all ages. Acrobats, live snakes, jousting, pony rides, and much more, explore the relationship, interests, and art collections of Sterling Clark and Stephen Clark. Most activities, the galleries, and special exhibition, are free on this day.

Three special tents will be dedicated to art projects related to The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings exhibition. Get inspiration for the Picasso scratch art activity by visiting the paintings Seated Woman and Dog and Cock by Picasso. Create a horseshoe family plaque in honor of “Never Say Die,” Sterling’s Epsom Derby winning racehorse.

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s painting The Night Café by playing in “Van Gogh’s Pool Hall,” or in Gérôme’s The Snake Charmer with a live snake display by the Berkshire Museum. Both of these famous works are on view.

At 1 and 3 pm, the acrobatic act Double Vision will perform “Sibling Symmetry.” This duet is famous for expert juggling, classic mime, zany characterizations, mystifying illusion, contortion, and tight rope antics, providing for hilarious performances.

The Tanglewood Marionettes will present “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the classic sibling fairytale by the Brothers Grimm at 12 and 2 pm. The production is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Outdoor fun includes jousting, horseshoes, croquet, badminton, and a “treasure trail” for families. Celebrate Stephen’s relationship with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by stepping up to the plate in the “Cooperstown Batting Cage.” Sterling’s love of horses is honored with pony rides on “Sterling’s Studs.”

Episodes from vintage television shows will air in the courtyard. Other indoor sibling themed entertainment will include lively gallery talks in the permanent collection with curator of education Michael Cassin at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

Charles Flint, a Lenox, MA based antiques appraiser, will offer his expertise to those who wish to have a family heirloom appraised. Flint will offer his services in the big tent on the front lawn from 11 am to 4 pm. A fee of $5 per item (limit of three items per person) will be charged.

Delectable food from local establishments will be available for purchase throughout the day including sushi, pizza, crab cakes, BBQ, Indian buffet, roasted chicken, and hotdogs and hamburgers. The Happy Feet Dance Orchestra will play on the front steps of the marble building providing a musical treat all afternoon.

The brothers were heirs to the Singer Sewing fortune and grew up in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. While early in their collecting they had often consulted one another and sought out works together, by the 1920s they were no longer on speaking terms. Sterling founded the Clark in Williamstown in 1955. Stephen was among the founding trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, and established a number of cultural institutions in Cooperstown, including the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings unites the masterpieces collected by Sterling Clark—works by Renoir, Monet, Homer, Sargent, and more—alongside those collected by his brother, Stephen Clark, including paintings by Hopper, Matisse, Cézanne, Hopper, and Picasso. On view through September 4, this exhibition features over 70 paintings and explores the Clark brothers’ relationship, their rivalry, and the influential but ultimately divergent roles they came to play in the arts in the United States.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays from September to June). Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, 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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