May 29, 2019
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—In conjunction with the Clark Art Institute’s special exhibition, Renoir: The Body, The Senses, the film series “Being in the Body” kicks off with Being John Malkovich (1999) on Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm. The film will be shown at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown. Run time is 1 hour, 53 minutes. Tickets are $8 ($5 Clark and Images members) and can be purchased at the Images box office.
“Being in the Body” explores the experience of inhabiting a body—one’s own or another’s. What does it mean to be in a body? What does it feel like? Do our bodies define us, or is there something more?
When frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwartz finds a portal into John Malkovich’s body, he discovers he can experience what it feels like to be Malkovich. Eventually he learns to control the acclaimed actor too, which Craig thinks will get him everything he ever wanted. Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this cult comedy favorite stars John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz and, of course, John Malkovich.
Additional films in the series include Margarita with a Straw (2014) on July 20 at 2 pm and A Skin So Soft (2017) on August 17 at 2 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 275,000 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; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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