In conjunction with The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, the Clark is offering
a number of public lectures and programs related to the exhibition. All events are free
and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For information, call 413 458 0524.
Picnic by the Pond opening party
Saturday, June 23, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a wonderful evening of French-themed food, music, and entertainment as we gather for a picnic around the Clark's beautiful lily pond.
$100 ($85 members)
Getting to Know the Unknown Monet: Opening Lecture
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm
Newly discovered documentation of Claude Monet's formative years and the first comprehensive gathering of his rarely seen works on paper combine to make The Unknown Monet a truly groundbreaking exhibition. How these documents and works were unearthed and what they reveal about Monet's personal and professional development is the subject of this lecture by the exhibition co-curators James A. Ganz, Clark curator of drawings, prints, and photographs, and Richard Kendall, Clark curator at large.
Tuesdays in July, 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturdays in August, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Oscar (as Claude was then known) Monet was an enterprising young man who made a living making caricatures, several of which are exhibited in The Unknown Monet. In celebration of these rarely seen drawings, caricature artists will be at the Clark throughout the summer. Have yours drawn for a $5 fee.
Summer Pastel Course
Thursdays, July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Artists have used pastels for centuries to explore color theory and light and shading, and as a transition from drawing to painting. In this four-week plein air course held at the Clark, students will be inspired by The Unknown Monet as they learn the basics of pastels, including blending, shading, color, and composition. To facilitate exploration of pastels in the exhibition as well as the permanent collection, students receive two museum passes. Appropriate for all levels of experience; some prior drawing instruction is helpful. A materials list will be provided.
Register by calling Northern Berkshire Creative Arts at 413 663 8338.
$80 ($68 members)
Monet and the Pastel Tradition
Sunday, August 12, 2:00 pm
This lecture by curator of education Michael Cassin looks at some of the high points of the pastel tradition up to and including Monet and his contemporaries.
Monet at Giverny
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 pm
The gardens of Monet's Giverny home became the inspiration for some of his most beloved paintings. In this lecture, Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, will take the audience on a visual tour of one of art's most famous backyards.
The Unknown Monet Revealed
Monday, August 20, 7:30 pm
Monet often expressed his most private thoughts on everything from his artistic process to financial woes to romantic yearnings in his personal correspondence. In a dramatic reading featuring Roger Rees of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, hear excerpts from a selection of letters that may reveal more of the unknown Monet.
$20 ($15 for Clark and WTF members; $10 for students)
To reserve, call 413 458 0524
Sunday, August 26, 2:00 pm
Assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann will cut through the fog of time to expose Monet's visions of this great city.
Monet and the Impressionist Drawing
Sunday, September 16, 10 am to 5 pm
The symposium brings together six leading Impressionism scholars to speak on subjects related to Monet's works on paper, their historical context, and the public and private functions of drawings in the oeuvres of Monet and his contemporaries. It marks the conclusion of the exhibition The Unknown Monet.