Please note that the Clark is closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Give the Gift of Membership!

Now through December 31, Clark members receive a 10% discount on gift memberships! Your gift of membership includes a festively wrapped mug featuring a swatch from the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection. Call the membership office at 413 458 0425 to purchase.

Renoir: The Body, The Senses

Opens June 8, 2019
Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) 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. Read the full press release
Guillaume Guillon Lethière’s masterpiece, Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death

New acquisition on view

For the first time since acquiring Guillaume Guillon Lethière’s masterpiece, Brutus Condemning His Sons to Death, the Clark presents the painting in its permanent collection galleries. The painting has never before been shown in the United States. Learn more about the acquisition
Great Fire at Boston, Nov. 9 & 10, 1872

Extreme Nature!

On view through February 24
Extreme Nature! explores how nature’s extremes—remote, fantastical, and unpredictable—permeated artistic imagery throughout the nineteenth century. Featuring more than thirty-five prints, drawings, and photographs, this exhibition reveals how artists sought to mitigate nature’s dangers, transforming the hazardous and remote into awe-inspiring portrayals of natural phenomena. 

Thomas Gainsborough: Drawings at the Clark

On view through March 17
Though recognized as one of the most fashionable portrait painters of the eighteenth century, Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) made hundreds of drawings of the English landscape. Abounding with foliage, cottages, and pastoral figures, Gainsborough’s landscapes present an idealized view of country life. Together, the sixteen drawings on view in Thomas Gainsborough: Drawings at the Clark demonstrate how the artist championed an imaginative approach over naturalistic detail and reveal his fascination with mixed-media technique. Read the full press release

Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape

Opens Saturday, December 15
The works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851) and John Constable (English, 1776–1837), two of the most important landscape artists of nineteenth-century Britain, are considered in a new light in Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape. The exhibition, which explores the significance of human figures and the built environment in the landscape, features more than fifty paintings, drawings and watercolors, prints, and books, primarily drawn from the Clark’s Manton Collection of British Art but also from the Yale Center for British Art and the Chapin Library at Williams College.

La Traviata

Saturday, Dec. 15, 12:55 pm
The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s series of live performances transmitted to theaters around the world. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century setting that changes with the seasons. Buy tickets now!

Opening Lecture: Turner and Constable

Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 pm
Alexis Goodin, curator of Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, discusses the human element in landscapes by Britain’s leading artists of the genre in the nineteenth century.

Looking and Lunching

Thursday, Dec. 20, 12 pm
Join Alexis Goodin, curator of Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, for a discussion of one of the Clark’s iconic paintings, J. M. W. Turner’s Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water. Free with gallery admission. Arrive early to pre-order and purchase your meal, or bring your own lunch. Limited seating available.