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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Become a member and receive a Clark journal! The journal features a swatch from an undated album of Asian textiles from the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Arts Collection. Call 413 458 0425 to purchase.

Try our Multimedia Guide!

Connect more deeply with art using a multimedia guide, available at the admission desk ($5/$3 members). Or, download the Clark's mobile app onto your smartphone using iTunes or Google Play™.

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

Summer Book Club

Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm
SOLD OUT. 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

Free Fun Friday

Friday, June 28
On Friday, June 28, enjoy free admission to the Clark from 10 am to 5 pm as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays statewide cultural initiative. 

Did You Know? A Guided Walking Tour

Wednesday, July 3, 3 pm
This one-hour guided walking tour explores our picturesque landscape, highlighting features that are unknown to many visitors. Registration is not required, but space is limited to twenty people on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.