For Immediate Release
June 16, 2022
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CLARK ART INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SUMMER PROGRAMMING FOR RODIN IN THE UNITED STATES: CONFRONTING THE MODERN
Curatorial lectures, dance performances, artist conversations, sandcasting and drawing workshops, and gallery tours will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition
(Williamstown, Massachusetts)— In connection with special exhibition Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, the Clark Art Institute presents a full slate of public programs, including curatorial lectures, dance performances, artist conversations, sandcasting and drawing workshops, and gallery tours will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition. Details are available at clarkart.edu/events.
Rodin in the United States is on view at the Clark Art Institute June 18 through September 18, 2022. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. The grounds are always open and accessible with no admission fee.
Daily exhibition gallery talks at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm are free with admission. Capacity is limited to twenty participants per talk on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about Rodin, his work, and the story about how he and his sculptures became household names in the United States. This talk also explores the growth of American museums as well as what it means to be "modern."
Opening Lecture: Rodin in The United States—Confronting The Modern
Saturday, June 18, 11 am
Auditorium and On Zoom
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, the exhibition curator and former director general of the National Institute of the History of Art in Paris, presents the opening lecture of Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern. The exhibition and the lecture examine the artist’s legacy in the U.S.
Free. Presented live in the Clark’s auditorium and broadcast simultaneously on Zoom. Advance registration for the Zoom transmission is required. Register at clarkart.edu/events.
Summer Book Club
Thursday, June 30, 7 pm: The Girl with The Golden Eyes and Other Stories by Honoré De Balzac
Thursday, July 28, 7 pm: The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela
Thursday, August 25, 7 pm: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
Manton Research Center Reading Room
Join Clark staff and fellow book lovers for lively in-person discussions of three different books related to the summer's exhibitions. Works by Honoré de Balzac, Marino Azuela, and Rebecca Solnit provide new insights into the summer special exhibitions, Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern, José Guadalupe Posada: Symbols, Skeletons and Satire, and Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander.
Each meeting is free, but capacity is limited. Copies of all book club titles are available through the Museum Store, in-person or online. Register at clarkart.edu/events for each meeting you would like to attend. Reservations open one month before each meeting.
Highlights Talk: Sculpture in Two Dimensions
July 13, 1–1:30 pm
Manton Study Center for Works on Paper
Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Anne Leonard explores a selection of works on paper that directly engage with nineteenth- century French sculpture. Images of and by Auguste Rodin share the stage with photographs from the same era documenting monumental sculptures in Paris.
Free. Capacity is limited to twenty visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Jonah Bokaer Choreography: Fall Angel
July 23, 3 pm
Jacob Pillow’s alumus Jonah Bokaer performs a solo choreography inspired by Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, Fallen Angel. Bokaer, both a choreographer and a visual artist, began his professional dance career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and theatre artist Robert Wilson. He brings his unique perspective on the intersection of dance and the visual arts to the Clark with this bespoke performance.
Tickets are $10 ($8 for members, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under). Register at clarkart.edu/events.
Artists in Conversation: Sculptor Virginia Overton on Process and Rodin
July 24, 2 pm
Sculptor Virginia Overton speaks about her process, use of materials, and relationship to Auguste Rodin. Overton, whose work is being presented in this year’s Venice Biennale, has a vivid childhood memory of attending a Rodin exhibition. Yet, at first glance, her practice provides an enlightening contrast to Rodin’s work.
Dance Performance: Angkor Dance Troupe
August 6, 4 pm
The Angkor Dance Troupe (ADT) is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced United States-based Cambodian traditional arts organizations. Based out of Lowell, Massachusetts, the ADT takes Auguste Rodin’s thrilled, feverish response to the royal dancers of Cambodia—an inspirational encounter that led to Rodin making about 150 watercolors of the costumed dancers—as an opportunity to explore the history of preserving Cambodian dance over the intervening 116 years, and a chance to connect across war and the diaspora.
Tickets $10, $8 for members, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Register at clarkart.edu/events.
This performance is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation.
August 27, 2 pm
Auditorium and on Zoom
Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, associate director of the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art at the Clark Art Institute, sketches Rodin’s path between two of his great monumental works, The Thinker and the Monument to Balzac.
Free. Advance registration for the Zoom transmission is required. Register at clarkart.edu/events.
Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern is organized by the Clark Art Institute and guest curated by independent scholar Antoinette Le Normand-Romain with the collaboration of Christina Buley-Uribe, an expert on Rodin’s drawings. The Clark’s curatorial team, including Esther Bell, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator, Alexis Goodin, curatorial research associate, and Kathleen Morris, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions, worked closely with Le Normand-Romain to develop the project for presentation at the Institute.
This exhibition is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel and Diane and Andreas Halvorsen. Major funding is provided by the Acquavella Family Foundation, with additional support from Jeannene Booher, Robert D. Kraus, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Carol and Richard Seltzer, and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
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 timed tickets are recommended. Admission is $20. Admission is also free on a year-round basis for Clark members, all visitors age twenty-one 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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