Phantoms of the Clark Expedition

May 9, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Mark Dion

Mark DionAt the Explorers Club

A new work by contemporary artist Mark Dion, Phantoms of the Clark Expedition, will open at the Explorers Club in New York on May 9, 2012.  The Dion exhibition is a special installation commissioned by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute that reflects on the 1908–09 scientific expedition to Northern China led by the Institute’s founder, Sterling Clark. The installation will be concentrated in the Explorers Club's iconic Trophy Room, set among the artifacts collected by generations of the world’s greatest explorers. The exhibition consists of a number of objects that respond to both the history of exploration and to Clark’s exploration of what was then a little-known area of China. The Explorers Club location was selected for its connections to the history of exploration and for its heritage—the grand townhouse was once the home of Sterling Clark’s brother Stephen Clark and is currently the home of the Clark’s New York office. An artist-conceived "field guide" will lead visitors through the installation and will highlight the building’s history and the Explorers Club's collection.

Click here to read the The New York Times article "The Know-it-All: The artist Mark Dion's passion? Everything"

Click here to read the Town & Country article "China Syndrome: Paying homage to the Far East explorations of a legendary art collector"

The Explorers Club installation provides a prelude to the Clark’s summer exhibition program in Williamstown, which will include an exhibition of recent archaeological discoveries from Northern China, as well as an exhibition on Clark’s China expedition featuring archival materials and scientific specimens collected during the trek.

The installation will be open through August 3. Admission is free.

The Explorers Club is located at 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021 (between Madison and Park Avenues).

Exhibition Hours:

May 9 – June 30

Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm

July 1 – August 3

Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, 11 am – 8 pm

This exhibition and its interpretation are supported in part by the Fernleigh Foundation and David Rodgers.

View Special Exhibition Microsite

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