For Immediate Release
September 8, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE’S FIRST SUNDAYS FREE PROGRAM RETURNS ON OCTOBER 2 WITH FREE ADMISSION AND MEANDERING-THEMED ACTIVITIES
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s popular First Sundays Free program returns on Sunday, October 2, offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, along with a series of special activities offered from 1–4 pm. October’s theme is “Meandering,” in celebration of the Clark’s special exhibition Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander.
As a part of the day’s special programs, visit the Lunder Center’s Hunter Studio to make a found-object sculpture based on Agematsu's Zips (pocket-sized sculptures); practice calligraphic drawing, a practice used by Auerbach; and enjoy a guided meditative walk, offered at 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm (meet at the Lunder Center Admissions desk). At the Clark Center Admissions desk, pick up a copy of the Clark’s Pause and Reflect Self-Guide for a unique look at the permanent collection, which features a rich array of works by artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas. Be sure to take in all sights, smells, and feelings of early autumn while meandering the Clark’s grounds. Always open free of charge, the grounds provide miles of walking trails traversing meadows and woodlands in a setting of profound natural beauty.
Visitors can see the special exhibition that inspired October’s theme, Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill through October 16, 2022. The exhibition pairs new work by Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu, across parallel galleries, under the rubric of the meander as both noun and verb, motif and method. For Auerbach, this twisting, self-avoiding line traces global traditions of ornament as much as waveforms in physics and space-filling curves in geometry. For Agematsu and his practice of walking, collecting, and archiving, meander implies drift—both his own paths through the city and those of other people and things.
In addition to Meander, the Clark’s special exhibition José Guadalupe Posada: Symbols, Skeletons, and Satire is on view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper in the Manton Research Center. Also on view is a year-long installation of contemporary works by artist Tomm El-Saieh. Tomm El-Saieh: Imaginary City is on view in multiple locations in public spaces in the Clark Center and Manton Research Center.
For more information and to reserve free admission tickets in advance, visit clarkart.edu/events.
Family programs are generously supported by Allen & Company.
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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