Free Films on Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Kahlo, and Homer in June at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 11, 2007

Catch free screenings of feature-length documentary films offering distinctive film portraits of well-known artists during “Documenting Artists: Portraits in Film” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on selected Fridays in June at 4 and 7:30 pm. The series explores Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo, and culminates with a new film biography about Winslow Homer with filmmaker Steve Ross in attendance on June 29 (7:30 pm only). Admission to the films is free.

The series begins with Robert Snyder’s masterful Michelangelo: A Self Portrait (1989, 85 minutes, not rated) on June 8 at 4 and 7:30 pm. This film incorporates two earlier versions, one shot by a German cinematographer in the 1930s, and The Titan, which won an Oscar in 1951.

June 15 at 4 and 7:30 pm features Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh (1987, 99 minutes, not rated). In this film, director Paul Cox creates an introspective portrait of the intense Dutch painter by weaving together images of his paintings with the subjects themselves. The story is told through intimate and piercing letters written to his brother Theo from 1872 until 1890, eloquently read by actor John Hurt.

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2004, 90 minutes, not rated) will be shown on June 22 at 4 and 7:30 pm. Using well-chosen archival footage, eyewitness testimony, expert commentary, and close examination of Kahlo’s paintings, Amy Stechler constructs a moving and revelatory portrait of the legendary Mexican artist, anguished yet exultant, against the backdrop of turbulent times, both in relation to Diego Rivera and the revolution that defined the first half of the 20th century.

On June 29, at 7:30 pm only, filmmaker Steve Ross will be at the Clark to introduce his new film Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude (2007, 105 minutes) and answer questions from the audience. Works and scholars from the Clark are featured prominently in the film’s telling of Homer’s life story, from the sociability of his early engravings for Harper’s Weekly to his solitary eminence at Prout’s Neck in Maine.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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