May 22, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—“Picasso’s Creative Collaborations,” the opening lecture for the Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition, Picasso: Encounters, will be held Sunday, June 11 at 3 pm in the auditorium. The lecture is free; admission to the galleries will be charged. Picasso: Encounters is on view June 4–August 27, 2017.

Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke, curator of Picasso: Encounters, investigates how Pablo Picasso’s creative collaborations fueled and strengthened his art. While Picasso is often viewed as the ultimate artist genius working alone in his studio, he did not create in a vacuum. For example, the artist worked frequently with the printers who pulled the images off his copper plates, the foundries that cast his bronzes, the publishers who commissioned and sold his prints and bronzes, and the ceramicists who threw the pots he later completed. In addition, the many muses in his life greatly impacted his production, imagery, and artistic reputation.

Picasso: Encounters is organized by the Clark Art Institute, with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Margaret and Richard Kronenberg and Marilyn and Ron Walter.

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; 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 2303.
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