November 1, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Thomas Krens, chairman of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum and Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, presents the free lecture “Bilbao” at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm. The talk will be held in the auditorium, located in the Clark’s Manton Research Center.
The lecture series focuses on the importance of art and architecture in shaping the life of cities and changing societies. Highlights include influential projects Krens has either led or played a major role in developing—including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the early 1990s, the subject of the lecture.
Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building is an example of groundbreaking twentieth-century architecture. With nearly 260,000 square feet, of which more than 118,000 square feet are dedicated to exhibition space, the museum represents an architectural landmark of innovative configuration and design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited within.
Additional lectures in the series include:
The Manhattan Project, Sunday, January 20, 3 pm
Unfinished Business: The EMRCA and the Diseases of Despair, Sunday, February 10, 3 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, 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; open daily in July and August. 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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