Clark Art Institute to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Free Screening of 'Selma'

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2016

Williamstown, Massachusetts—In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Clark presents a free screening of the film Selma on Monday, January 18 at 2 pm in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.

The film tells the true story of the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo, Selma was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Rated PG-13; 128 mins.

The Clark’s galleries are open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular admission will be charged.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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