For Immediate Release
June 8, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute debuts a five-part outdoor concert series this summer. The Clark presents Hermanos Gutiérrez on June 28, Joe Henry on July 5, Makaya McCraven on July 12, Darlingside on July 19, and Kathleen Edwards on August 8. All performances are free and take place at 6 pm near the Reflecting Pool. Bring a picnic and your own seating. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
Wednesday, June 28
Evoking expansive plains and rough wildernesses, guitar duo Hermanos Gutiérrez kick off the concert series. Almost painterly in their mastery of their instruments, Hermanos Gutiérrez transports their audiences to the wilds of Italian Westerns and cancioneros.
Wednesday, July 5
Grammy-award winning musician and troubadour Joe Henry performs his singular style of folk and Americana. Brimming with a tenderness for the complexities of New England life, Henry’s lyrics will resonate over the Clark’s forested landscape.
Wednesday, July 12
Jazz drummer and composer Makaya McCraven engages with the histories of jazz and hip-hop, working through a litany of percussion. Taking you to the brink of experimentation and back again, the songs tell the sonic stories of our times.
Wednesday, July 19
It’s a homecoming for local favorites Darlingside, formed in the early 2000s when the band members were students at Williams College. Darlingside has long been praised for their harmonies and intelligent songwriting, described by NPR as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop.” Dynamic and charming, they are a live-performance favorite.
Tuesday, August 8
Kathleen Edwards cultivates a political worldview through her songwriting, sympathetically articulating the triumphs and heartbreaks of human experience. This evening of folk-rock music is colored by the power and emotion in Edwards’ vocals.
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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