For Immediate Release
April 19, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE SCREENS SAAT HINDUSTANI
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, April 27 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens Saat Hindustani in its auditorium in the Manton Research Center. Artist Suneil Sanzgiri introduces the film and addresses its historical context and the film’s relation to his own practice, including his trilogy of short films currently on view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, as well as his forthcoming first feature-length film, Two Refusals.
One of the only films made about the liberation of Goa from Portuguese colonialism, Saat Hindustani (1969; 2 hours, 24 minutes) was made nine years after the Goan independence and by a non-Goan director, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The film tells the story of seven friends from across the Indian subcontinent, once united as comrades in the fight to liberate Goa and now split along varying ideological and religious lines, returning to aid their ailing Goan friend who has fallen ill.
Co-sponsored by the Williams College Department of Asian Studies.
Free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
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 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 clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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