For Immediate Release
October 1, 2021
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s popular First Sundays Free program returns on Sunday, October 3. Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is strongly recommended.
Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark’s first outdoor exhibition, Ground/work, consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists, before it closes on October 17. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian’s Knee and Elbow, Eva Lewitt’s Resin Towers, and Kelly Akashi’s A Device to See the World Twice—at 11 am. At 2 pm, Clark educators lead a guided walk about the other three Ground/work installations—Jennie C. Jones’s These (Mournful) Shores, Analia Saban’s Teaching a Cow How to Draw, and Haegue Yang’s Migratory DMZ Birds on Asymmetric Lens. Space on these walks is limited and pre-registration is required for all participants. Visit clarkart.edu/events for more information and to register.
From 1–4 pm, portable pastel kits are available at the “Observation Station,” where visitors can design their own eye-catching display dome diorama.
Indoors, take advantage of the last opportunity to see the exhibition Dürer & After, on view through October 3 in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery. Also on view at the Clark, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed, is presented through October 31 in the Michael Conforti Pavilion and in additional outdoor locations. The exhibition is the first North American museum in forty years to showcase the Lalannes’ madly inventive and irresistible world of objects. In addition, visitors can explore the year-long installation Erin Shirreff: Remainders, on view in the Clark’s Manton Research Center and in the lower level of the Clark Center.
Face coverings are required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status.
First Sundays Free is generously supported by the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.
Ground/work is organized by the Clark Art Institute with guest curators Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman. The exhibition is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel. Major support for Ground/work is provided by Karen and Robert Scott and Paul Neely. Additional funding is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; Maureen Fennessy Bousa and Edward P. Bousa; Amy and Charlie Scharf; Elizabeth Lee; MASS MoCA; Chrystina and James Parks; Howard M. Shapiro and Shirley Brandman; Joan and Jim Hunter; James and Barbara Moltz; and a gift in honor of Marilyn and Ron Walter.
Major support for Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel. Significant funding is provided by Sylvia and Leonard Marx and by the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, with additional support from Jeannene Booher, Agnes Gund, and Robert D. Kraus. The exhibition catalogue has been published with the generous support of Denise Littlefield Sobel, with additional support from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
This exhibition is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects. Erin Shirreff’s work is courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal.
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 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 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday and daily in July and August. Advance timed tickets are required. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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