Art's Biggest Stage

Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019

The Venice Biennale is a cross-continental survey of contemporary art and the social issues it engages. Since 2007, the Clark's library has built an unparalleled collection of materials produced for the event. Art's Biggest Stage, on view July 4–October 14, introduces the Venice Biennale by showcasing the Clark's growing archive and exploring the questions of nationhood, identity, and spectacle. 

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Renoir: The Body,
The Senses

On view through September 22
Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. In recognition of the centenary of Renoir’s death, the Clark Art Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum present Renoir: The Body, The Senses. This daring exhibition is the first major exploration of Renoir’s unceasing interest in the human form, and it reconsiders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into luminous Impressionism, culminating in the modern classicism of his last decades. Read the full press release

Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet

On view through September 15
Canadian artist Janet Cardiff’s acclaimed 2001 sound installation, The Forty Part Motet, deconstructs Thomas Tallis’s sixteenth-century choral work Spem in alium (Hope in any other) by assigning each of the forty voices to a single freestanding speaker in the gallery. Read the full press release.

Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow

Opens July 4, 2019
Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe was a talented American modernist, whose paintings and prints explore realism and abstraction in the service of a distinctive artistic style. On view at the Clark July 4–October 6, 2019, Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow assesses Ida’s work and life, as well as the sibling rivalry between Ida and her well-known sister, Georgia O'Keeffe. Read the full press release

Creative Ecologies Walk & Talk

Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm
SOLD OUT. Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes joins beekeeper Dave Thayer to discuss sustainable landscape management on the museum’s 140-acre campus. Visitors should meet at the Orientation Center located outside the entrance to the Clark Center. 

"The Loveliest Nudes Ever Painted"

Saturday, June 22, 11 am
Join Colin Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, as he presents the lecture “‛The Loveliest Nudes Ever Painted’: An Introduction to Renoir and the Nude” in conjunction with the special exhibition Renoir: The Body, The Senses

Summer Book Club

Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm
Join Clark staff and fellow book lovers for a lively discussion of Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. This novel immerses the reader in the Paris art world of the early twentieth century, portraying artists featured in Renoir: The Body, The Senses. Register now!

What's Happening at the Clark

April – June 2019
Learn about upcoming exhibitions, lectures, family events and more! Download a PDF of our calendar of events.