FRENCH FILM SERIES CONTINUES WITH ‘FACES PLACES’

June 12, 2018
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema conclude “Spotlight on Agnès Varda,” a three-part series featuring films by the acclaimed Parisian director, with a broadcast of Faces Places (2017) on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm. The film will be shown at Images, located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown. The series was created in honor of the Clark’s special exhibition, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, on view through September 3.

Eighty-nine-year-old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed thirty-three-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together, they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-sized portraits of them.

Run time is 1 hour, 29 minutes. Tickets are $10 general adult admission, $5 Clark and Images members, $8 senior and student admission, $6 Williams students with ID, and $5 children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Images box office.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Affectionately known as the “queen of the French New Wave,” Parisian Agnès Varda claims she had seen virtually no other films before making her directorial debut, La Pointe Courte (1956). Instead, she was inspired by literature, photography, and, most importantly, painting. Inheriting the legacy of the women living and working in Paris during the period reflected in Women Artists in Paris, Varda’s engagement with art has never wavered throughout her remarkable sixty-year career.

ABOUT THE CLARK
 
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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, 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. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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