June 4, 2018
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s French film series, Spotlight on Agnès Varda, continues with Cléo from 5 to 7 on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 pm. The film will be shown at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Tickets are $10 general adult admission, $5 Clark and Images members, $8 senior and student admission, $6 Williams students with valid ID, and $5 children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Images box office. Run time is 1 hour, 30 minutes.

The three-part series, held in honor of the Clark’s summer exhibition, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, features films spanning the remarkable career of the acclaimed Parisian director known as the “queen of the French New Wave.”  

The second film of the series follows young pop singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire (Corinne Marchand), through two extraordinary hours in which she drifts through 1960s Paris, awaiting the results of a recent biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.

Parisian Agnés Varda claims that 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 time period reflected in Women Artists in Paris, Varda’s engagement with art has never wavered throughout her remarkable sixty-year career.


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 or call 413 458 2303.
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