For Immediate Release
July 17, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—“Picasso in Film,” a free Monday evening film series at the Clark Art Institute, begins Monday, July 31 at 7 pm with The Picasso Summer (1969, unrated). The film will be shown in the auditorium, located in the Clark’s Manton Research Center.
With a screenplay written by famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (Farenheit 451), The Picasso Summer follows the story of San Francisco architect George Smith (Albert Finney), who is vacationing in France with his wife Alice (Yvette Mimieux) with the hopes of meeting Pablo Picasso. The young couple, unsuccessful and turned away from the artist’s home, quarrels. As a result, George runs off to Spain to meet a famous matador who is supposedly a friend of the artist and might introduce him, while Alice stays behind and alone in France. Upon George’s return, he apologizes for the miserable vacation. They go for one final swim on the beach, failing to notice Picasso playing in the sand with his family just a few hundred yards away as they stroll into the sunset. Directed by Serge Bourguignon and Robert Sallin. Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Other films in the series include Basquiat (August 7), Midnight in Paris (August 14), and Neruda (August 21). All films are shown at 7 pm.
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 daily, 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 clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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