For Immediate Release
January 30, 2020
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s Art & Politics Film Series continues this winter with free screenings on February 5 and March 4 of two classic films in its auditorium.
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) airs on Wednesday, February 5, at 6 pm. This adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a modern favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, won both the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1959. In this romantic tragedy, director Marcel Camus offered his own version of Brazilian culture and helped introduce the world to bossa nova music, while simultaneously romanticizing harsh realities of class and race. (Brazil/France/Italy, 1959, run time: 1:37)
Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo airs on Wednesday, March 4, at 6 pm. The tale of suspense and terror weaves around a mysterious woman and a retired police detective who suffers from an extreme fear of heights and dizzying sense of instability, or vertigo. Hitchcock elicited similar feelings in audiences by pioneering the “dolly zoom,” a novel in-camera technique that distorts perspective. This iconic film has long inspired discussion about topics such as the male gaze, Jungian psychosis, and intertextual analysis between film and photography. (United States, 1958, run time: 2:08)
The Art & Politics Film Series is organized by Robert Wiesenberger, the Clark’s associate curator of contemporary projects, and Horace Ballard, curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art. Each film begins with a brief introduction and is followed by light refreshments and conversation in the Manton Research Center’s Reading Room.
Learn more at or by calling 413 458 0524.
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. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. 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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