In conjunction with Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
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.
Summer Begins . . .
Saturday, June 21, 6:30 pm
Be part of the excitement as summer begins at the Clark with the opening of Stone Hill Center and two exciting exhibitions, Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
and Homer and Sargent from the Clark
. Come for an unforgettable evening of art, architecture, food, wine, music, and surprises.
$100 ($85 members)
Like Breath on Glass: The Hard Work of Painting Softly
Sunday, June 22, 3:00 pm
James McNeill Whistler said, "Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass." This counsel prompts contemplative and meditative pictures that, like breath's condensation on glass, appear made without traces of the hand. Many of America's greatest painters active around 1900 heeded his advice. The summer exhibition Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
explores this sensibility. Marc Simpson and Cody Hartley, the Clark curators responsible for organizing the exhibition, will discuss what they learned in the process and describe the transformative experience they hope visitors will share.
"Visions of a Gilded Age" Film Series
Saturdays, 2:00 pm
Out of the same era and milieu as the American artists featured in the Clark's summer exhibition, Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
, the novels of Henry James and Edith Wharton have elicited a wide range of film adaptations, which this series, "Visions of a Gilded Age: Film Adaptations of Henry James and Edith Wharton," will survey.
- July 12: The Heiress
- July 19: The Innocents
- July 26: The Bostonians
- August 2: Portrait of a Lady
- August 9: The Golden Bowl
- August 16: The Age of Innocence
- August 23: The House of Mirth
Open-Air Painting Course
Saturdays, July 19 and 26, August 2 and 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Capture the Berkshire summer landscape by observing the effects of sunlight and shadows. This four-class series will study essential landscape techniques of composition, color mixing, perspective, and value. Each class will incorporate sketching and painting (oils or acrylics) and instructor demonstrations. Students will receive a complimentary pass to the Clark's summer exhibition Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
and will be encouraged to visit the exhibition between the first and second classes. Basic supplies provided.
For more information or to register, call Northern Berkshire Creative Arts at 413 663 8338 or visit www.nbcreativearts.org
. Registration forms may also be printed and mailed or dropped off at NBCA.
$85 for NBCA and Clark Members; $105 for non-members
Listening to Mr. Whistler
Monday, August 4, 7:30 pm
In this special event co-hosted by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, hear how James McNeill Whistler, one of the featured artists in Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly
, practiced "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" in his own words. The evening will feature a dramatic reading from Whistler's famous "10 O'Clock" lecture on art, as well as insights into the colorful life of this often controversial artist.
$20 ($15 members). Reserve tickets online or call 413 458 0524.
Night in the City: Whistler, Fireworks, and Dancing Girls
Sunday, August 10, 3:00 pm
Margaret MacDonald—co-author of the James McNeill Whistler paintings catalogue raisonné and author of the Whistler drawings, pastels, and watercolors catalogue raisonné—discusses Whistler's nocturnes, which were some of the his most controversial and influential paintings, and their relation to his life and times.
Higher Forms of Truth: The Late Works of George Inness
Sunday, August 24, 3:00 pm
Michael Quick, author of the recently published George Inness catalogue raisonné, shares his insight into Inness's later paintings—those in which the artist sought to reach "higher forms of truth" through a style known to Inness and his contemporaries as "synthetic" painting, achieved through the willful elimination of needless detail.
In Praise of Shadows
Sunday, September 7, 3:00 pm
In 1933, novelist Jun'ichiro Tanizaki published In'ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows)
, exploring for Western readers the significance of light and darkness in traditional Japanese culture. David Park Curry, senior curator of decorative arts, American painting, and sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will examine the resonances among the exquisite surfaces of Japanese objects and the varied, but highly self-conscious, emphasis upon surface treatment in the hands of several late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American painters. Subtle and subdued, shadows of Japanese art survive on numerous turn-of-the-century American canvases.
Like Breath on Glass Public Symposium
Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am
This symposium, marking the conclusion of the exhibition, brings together
leading scholars, conservators, and artists to assess the art of painting
softly. The day will proceed through a series of twenty-minute talks
followed by short, moderated discussions. A reception will follow the
event and gallery hours will be extended until 7 pm.