For Immediate Release
April 20, 2023


Presentation is fourth installment in Visionary Architecture on Film series 

Williamstown, Massachusetts— On Thursday, May 4 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens Things to Come in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. Presented in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch, this is the fourth event in the Clark’s five-part series Visionary Architecture on Film. The film series explores themes related to Paul Goesch’s life and work in early twentieth-century Germany. 

H.G. Wells wrote Things to Come (1936; 1 hour, 46 minutes) in response to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927). The film spans 1936–2036 as the citizens of Everytown, England envision the future of their city and debate the role technology should play. It is set in a subterranean cave, the antithesis to Metropolis’s skyscrapers, and includes abstract sequences designed by Bauhaus artist Lászlo Moholy-Nagy. In one scene, a child of the future remembers a bygone city, saying, “What a strange place New York was, all sticking up.”

Free and open to the public; no registration is required. The Clark’s Visionary Architecture on Film series is organized by Ella Comberg, MA ’24 in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. For more information, visit

The next screening in the Visionary Architecture on Film series is Blade Runner on May 18 at 6 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.

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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