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The Clark Art Institute condemns the persistent systemic racism that has fueled senseless brutality against Black people and people of color. We are outraged and saddened by the grievous murders we continue to witness. We are also appalled by the structural racism in our public service systems that has led to disproportionate losses suffered by Black communities during the pandemic. We stand in solidarity against racism in any form. Black lives matter.
Committing to change is the only way we can honor the legacies of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We cannot look away from the truth of our nation’s simmering bigotry or from the institutional inequity that underlies cultural organizations like ours.
As a museum and a center for research, the Clark has much to learn and much to do in changing our institution in support of our mission and in service to our communities. Although our staff is working on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, we have not done enough. We have a sense of immediacy and a deep commitment to making change happen, including hiring practices, programming, and expanding the ways we use and talk about art.
We live in troubled times. We can do better. We will do better.
The Clark Art Institute announces the first American installation of Le foglie delle radici (The Leaves of the Roots) (2011) by sculptor Giuseppe Penone (Italian, b. 1947, Garessio, Italy). The thirty-foot-tall cast bronze, steel, and soil sculpture of an upturned tree with a live eastern red cedar sapling growing from its inverted roots is a long-term installation on loan from a private collection and is situated on the lawn of the Clark’s 1955 Museum Building.
Le foglie delle radici is the latest long-term contemporary art installation on the Clark’s campus in recent years. In 2014, five carved stone benches by American artist Jenny Holzer’s Truism and Living series were placed near the reflecting pool to mark the opening of the Clark Center. In 2015, the site-specific commissioned work by Thomas Schütte, Crystal, a wood and metal structure in the shape of a human-scale geode, was fabricated at the top of Stone Hill, and in 2016, William Crovello’s red granite sculpture Katana was installed just north of the main parking lot.
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Giuseppe Penone (Italian, b. 1947). Le foglie delle radici (The Leaves of the Roots), Fourth version, 2011. Bronze, steel, tree, soil. © 2019 Giuseppe Penone / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Clark Art Institute, Amy Coon
4/22/2020: Clark Art Institute Offers Virtual Programming to Provide Access During COVID-19 Closure
3/13/2020: Clark Art Institute Announces Temporary Closure Effective March 14
3/11/2020: Clark Art Institute Announces Temporary Halt to Public Events
3/6/2020: Clark Art Institute Launches Contemporary Art Installation Program with Works by Pia Camil
2/19/2020: Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute Selects Eric L. Cochran as Chair
2/18/2020: Lines from Life: French Drawings from the Diamond Collection on View at the Clark March 21–August 23
1/31/2020: Clark Art Institute to Broadcast London National Theatre's All About Eve
1/30/2020: Clark Art Institute's Free Art & Politics Film Series Presents Two Classic Films
1/23/2020: Clark Art Institute Offers Free Admission and Special Hands-On Programs in its First Sundays Free Program
1/21/2020: Clark Art Institute Airs The Met: Live in HD Production of Porgy and Bess
1/14/2020: Clark Art Institute to Broadcast London National Theatre's Present Laughter
1/13/2020: I/O Fest Brings "The Music of Now" to the Clark Art Institute
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