‘PARIS BY NIGHT’ AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE CELEBRATES SUMMER EXHIBITIONS

May 17, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute transforms into a grand Parisian boulevard on Friday, June 8 at 7 pm as the museum celebrates two of its summer exhibitions, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 and The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy. The celebration features street performers, festive music, champagne, a variety of delectable French-inspired hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, luscious desserts, and specialty chocolates from Lenox, Massachusetts chocolatier Chocolate Springs.

Tickets are $125 ($100 for members of the Clark). Reservations are required; to reserve, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.

Women Artists in Paris, on view June 9–September 3, showcases the remarkable artistic production of women artists working in Paris during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Art of Iron, on view June 9–September 16, presents thirty-six unique objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron creations.

Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 is organized by the American Federation of Arts. Guest curator Laurence Madeline, Chief Curator for French National Heritage, was aided by Suzanne Ramljak, AFA Curator, and Jeremiah William McCarthy, AFA Associate Curator. Presentation of the exhibition at the Clark is coordinated by Esther Bell, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator at the Clark. The exhibition is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the JFM Foundation, Elizabeth K. Belfer, the Florence Gould Foundation, Monique Schoen Warshaw, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Clare McKeon, Steph and Jody La Nasa, Victoria Ershova Triplett, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Finlandia Foundation.  Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Presentation of Women Artists in Paris at the Clark is made possible by the generous contribution of Denise Littlefield Sobel, with additional support from the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.

The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy is co-organized by the Clark Art Institute and the Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy. Generous contributors to the exhibition include Sylvia and Leonard Marx and the Selz Foundation, with additional support from Richard and Carol Seltzer.

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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