January 25, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—“Anime Wednesdays,” a free four-part film series at the Clark Art Institute, celebrates the contemporary art form of Japanese animation with a selection of films from Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s leading animation film studios. The films will be shown in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

The series, held in conjunction with the Clark’s special exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, kicks off Wednesday, February 8 at 6 pm with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG, 2013; 2 hrs 17 mins), nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Director Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this beautiful, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her—but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Additional films in the series include When Marnie Was There on February 15, From Up On Poppy Hill on February 22, and Only Yesterday on March 1.


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 270,000 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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