In conjunction with Picasso Looks at Degas, the Clark is offering a number of public lectures and programs related to the exhibition. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For information, call 413 458 0524.

Picasso Looks at Degas and Juan Muñoz Opening Gala

Saturday, June 12, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Join the celebration of the beautiful Berkshire summer and the amazing exhibitions Picasso Looks at Degas and Juan Muñoz. Enjoy an evening of tapas, wine, live entertainment, and great art inspired by the riches of Spain.
$125 ($100 members). RSVP to the box office at 413 458 0524.

Homage, Mockery or Theft? The Case of Picasso and Degas

Sunday, June 13, 3:00 pm
Exhibition curators Elizabeth Cowling and Richard Kendall will review the experience of bringing Picasso Looks at Degas together and consider some of the questions it has raised. Was Picasso in awe of Degas or amused by him? Did he merely “steal” from Degas’s art or was there a deeper sense of identification with his great Impressionist predecessor? What did the two artists have in common and what separated their personalities and their creative projects? A book signing will follow this free lecture.

Spanish Masters of Cinema Film Series

Fridays, 4:00 pm
In a summer when the Clark will be featuring the work of two Spanish artists, this free film series looks at the work of six great Spanish directors. All films will be shown in Spanish with subtitles.

  • June 18: Viridiana
  • July 2: The Spirit of the Beehive
  • July 16: Carmen
  • July 30: All About My Mother
  • August 13: The Sea Inside
  • August 27: Pan's Labyrinth

Free Family Day

Sunday, June 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer with a free day of family fun. Stroll the grounds and catch up with friends, purchase food from local vendors and have a ball making art. The lives and art of Picasso and Degas inspire a variety of activities from ballet and flamenco dancing to riding the Spanish bull. You can discover your inner artist with print making or experiment with cubism.

No registration required. Admission to the museum is free on this day.

Family day is made possible with funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company.

Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death

Saturdays, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28
John Richardson, Pablo Picasso’s friend and biographer, examines the life and work of this extraordinary artist. Each 50-minute episode of this three-part documentary will begin on the hour, starting at 2:00 pm.

Cocktails with Picasso and Degas

Avoid the crowds and enjoy a special gallery talk by Richard Kendall, curator at large. Don't miss this chance to visit Picasso Looks at Degas in a small group after the museum closes to the public. Wine and cheese will be offered from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Space is limited; reservations are required. $40 (includes all-day admission) ($25 members). Purchase online or call 413 458 0524.
Wednesday, July 7, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, August 11, 5:00 pm

Degas and the Dance: The Man Behind the Easel

The Mystery of Picasso
Saturdays, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21
Catch this free double feature of Degas and the Dance: The Man Behind the Easel at 2:00 pm, followed at 3:15 pm by The Mystery of Picasso, the highly-acclaimed film by Henri-Georges Clouzot that captures Pablo Picasso in the act of creation, literally painting on camera.

Diana Widmaier Picasso in Conversation with Richard Kendall

Sunday, July 11, 3:00 pm
Art historian and author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Pablo Picasso sculpture Diana Widmaier Picasso will discuss her grandfather’s work with Clark curator-at-large Richard Kendall. Picasso’s sculpture will be the focus of this conversation.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Monday, July 19, 7:00 pm
The Clark joins forces with the Williamstown Theatre Festival for a staged reading of Steve Martin’s play Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

This reading is held at the Clark and reservations are required for this free event. Use the link above to reserve a seat online, or call 413 458 0524. (limit of four tickets per reservation).

MinervaMation Animation Workshop

Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
During this five-day workshop with Minerva Stage's Kathy O'Mara, eight- to twelve-year-olds will create an original short animated film inspired by the exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas. Students will also enjoy activities on the Clark’s beautiful grounds. Enrollment for this workshop is limited to 15 students.
$250 ($225 members)
Register online please call 413 458 0524.

Happy Birthday Edgar Degas!

Monday, July 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Enjoy cake in celebration of Edgar Degas’s birthday.

Pillow Talk at Jacob’s Pillow

Saturday, August 21, 4 pm
Drawing upon Picasso Looks at Degas and the Göteborg Ballet’s choreographic reinterpretation of Bronislava Nijinska’s Bolero, Clark curator Richard Kendall and Göteborg director Johannes Öhman will engage in a lively discussion of how artist derive inspiration from each other. Please note this FREE event takes place at Jacob’s Pillow.

Picasso Looks at Degas, Renoir, Ingres...and Mantegna

Sunday, August 29, 3:00 pm
Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Chairman of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will discuss the ways in which Pablo Picasso studied, stole from, and outdid the masters of earlier eras. Tinterow recently organized an exhibition of the works by Picasso in the Metropolitan’s collection.

Edgar Degas, "Woman Ironing," 1876–87. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1972.74.1).
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