June 22, 2017

Williamstown, MA—Take a stroll into the summer night during the annual Berkshire Lantern Walk at the Clark Art Institute on Thursday, July 6 at 8 pm. Meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, create or pick up a lantern, and join in a walk (beginning at approximately 9 pm) on the Clark’s Pasture Trail to the contemporary installation Thomas Schütte: Crystal. The event is free and open to the public; all ages are welcome.

Along the path, members of the New England Puppet Intensive present a hillside performance with abstract, illuminated objects inspired by the contemporary exhibition As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings (opening July 1)—a visual spectacle reflecting the sense of color, landscape, and beauty of Frankenthaler’s work. Local musicians Amrita Lash and Karl Mullen provide an improvised score for the performance.

In preparation for the walk, a free lantern-building workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 5 from 1–4 pm. Participants should meet at the Visitors Picnic Tent, located near the west entrance of the Manton Research Center. Reed and bamboo materials will be provided. Bring your own mason jar and transform it into an illuminated sculpture.

This program, a collaboration between the Clark Art Institute and the New England Puppet Intensive, is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire.

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; open daily in July and August. 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 4303.
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