The Clark to Screen Groundbreaking Documentary on Winslow Homer

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of the 2007 documentary Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude on Monday, July 8 at 3 pm in the Clark’s auditorium. Directed by Stephen J. Ross, the film is the most thorough cinematic treatment of Winslow Homer’s life and impact on American art. The film is being shown as part of the Clark’s “Homericana” film series, which presents movies set in nineteenth-century America to complement the exhibition Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History.

The film highlights the artist’s life and career, from his beginnings as a magazine illustrator in New York City to his final days in coastal Maine.

It took Ross seven years to complete the documentary, which represents an almost encyclopedic survey of Homer’s work, from his early engravings to his later paintings. New imaging technology allowed Ross to capture the depth and intensity of more than 180 works of art featured in the film, resulting in very high quality images. Ross also interviewed a variety of art historians and curators for the project, including Marc Simpson, the curator of the Clark’s current Homer exhibit.

Many of the pieces featured in the film, such as Undertow and West Point, Prout’s Neck, are currently on display in the Clark’s galleries, making for an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the artist’s work both on screen and in person.
Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude will also be shown on July 22, August 5, and August 19. All showings are at 3 pm.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413-458-2303. The Clark’s library is closed for renovation through September 3, 2013.


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