For Immediate Release
August 26, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE KICKS OFF FILM AND ART SERIES WITH O HORIZON
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens O Horizon, the first presentation in its five-part Film and Art series which runs from September—November. Alena Williams, assistant professor of Art at Williams College, introduces O Horizon prior to its showing. The free screening is open to the public and takes place in the Clark’s auditorium.
O Horizon (2018, 90 minutes) is an experimental documentary that explores the environmental teachings of prolific Bengali writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore. The first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913), Tagore authored novels, poems, short stories, musical dramas, dance dramas, songs, and more. Tagore was also a social reformer who cared deeply for the land. The film title references the surface layer of soil, changed in the area around Santiniketan, in West Bengal, India, as a result of Tagore’s introduction of new flora there.
O Horizon was commissioned by research project bauhaus imaginista and produced by artist-led collective The Otolith Group, an organization that creates films, installations, and performances driven by extensive research into the histories of science fiction and the legacies of capitalism and imperialism. O Horizon is part of The Otolith Group’s larger engagement with the environment and serves as a powerful meditation on Indian modernism. “Flitting between music, dance, poetry and literature, O Horizon, offers a fragmented yet engrossing view of a Tagorean ethos…” writes Tausif Noor of Frieze magazine.
Free; no registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
The next film of the Film and Art series is Foragers, screening on Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.
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 285,000 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, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. 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 information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
Use of facemasks is optional for all visitors. For details on health and safety protocols, visit clarkart.edu/health.
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