Visitors receive free admission on opening day of ‘Impressionist Line’ exhibition

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s First Sundays Free program, which offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month from October­–May, continues on Sunday, November 5 with a variety of activities and a first look at the fall exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec.
Schedule of Activities
11 am and 2 pm: Gallery talks invite visitors to learn more about Impressionist works in the Clark’s collection.
11 am–3 pm: A special one-day display of works from the Clark’s collection of Impressionist works on paper—including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s famous lithograph Miss Loïe Fuller, which depicts the dancer’s signature serpentine dance—will be shown in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper.
1 pm: New York-based dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling presents “Color, Light, and Movement in the Spectacular Dances of Loïe Fuller,” a combination lecture and performance, in the auditorium.
1–4 pm: Draw in the galleries with a complimentary sketch pad (pick up from the admissions desk), then create your own large-scale pastel artwork inspired by the special exhibition.
3 pm: Exhibition curator Jay A. Clarke presents the opening lecture for The Impressionist Line in the auditorium.
All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.
Dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling has forged a unique style inspired by modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller (1862–1928). Internationally regarded as the leading exponent of Fuller’s genre, she has taken the idiom into innovative directions. In addition to her roles as founder and artistic director at the New York-based company Time Lapse Dance, Sperling is the choreographer, creative consultant, and dance coach for the French feature film La Danseuse (2016) inspired by Fuller’s life, which is scheduled for U.S. release November 2017.
In her special artist demonstration at the Clark, Sperling presents a performance of solo dances in tribute to "La Loïe,” a visionary artist whose performances drew on the light-play of Impressionism to create a new dance genre by combining billowing costumes with dazzling lights and projections. Sperling’s performance and discussion address Fuller’s light-filled legacy in art, dance, and cinema.
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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