For Immediate Release
February 7, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens the English-language version of Persepolis, the adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s sensitive and sharp autobiographical novel. The presentation is the final event in the Clark’s Film and Drawing series inspired by the exhibition, Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, which is currently on view through March 12.

Persepolis traces Marjane Satrapi’s growth from young child to rebellious teen. The film takes place in Iran, during the tense political climate of the 1970s and ’80s. Animation becomes thoughtful realism as Persepolis portrays life as it is lived, filtered through the lens of human experience. The film was awarded the Prix du Jury at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Run time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

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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 some 300,000 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. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also 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 or call 413 458 2303.

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