The Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown has selected Olivier Meslay to serve as its Dena and Felda Hardymon Director. Meslay, an accomplished museum professional and noted scholar, will become the Clark’s fifth director when he assumes his new role on August 22. He currently serves as associate director of curatorial affairs, senior curator of European and American art, and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, and brings more than 35 years of international experience to his role. Meslay was unanimously elected to the position during a special session of the Clark’s board.
“We are thrilled to welcome Olivier Meslay as our new director,” said Andreas Halvorsen, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. “Olivier’s vision, international experience, and exceptional academic and curatorial qualifications match the Clark’s ambitious aspirations. He comes to the Clark with a deep appreciation for our academic mission, an expert understanding of our museum program, and an energetic perspective on ways to enhance our dual mission and extend the Clark’s reach and impact.”
Since assuming his current position in 2012, Meslay has overseen the Dallas Museum of Art’s European and American art collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, and has managed the museum’s curatorial department, conservation program, and art research library. He has also served as the DMA’s curatorial representative with the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a collaborative organization of 30 American and French museums. Meslay served as the DMA’s interim director from 2011–2012, managing a staff of 250 employees, directing an extensive fundraising program, and coordinating donor relations that have provided continuing support for the museum. He joined the DMA staff in 2009 after a distinguished career at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown reopens to the public on Friday, July 4, following a massive renovation, welcoming visitors to explore galleries and grounds and enjoy special Independence Day celebrations on the campus.
Following the conclusion of the town’s Independence Day parade on Spring Street, the Clark will welcome the community to enjoy a picnic lunch on the Institute’s front lawn beginning at 12noon. At 1pm, an opening ceremony will be held at the main entrance to the Clark’s new visitor center, after which the Clark will open its doors. Galleries are open until 7pm, and admission is FREE. At 7:30pm, the Clark hosts a concert of patriotic music and American standards by the Eagles Band, followed by fireworks beginning at approximately 9pm.
Yeah, the ukulele has made a rather unlikely resurgence in popularity these past couple of years, and now it’s time to celebrate the little four-stringed wonder with not one, but TWO ukulele festivals this weekend.
Jeanne Pissarro, called Cocotte, Reading 1899 - Oil on canvas 22 x 26 3/8 in.
With a museum like the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute just down the road, you can tend to get a little spoiled. Every summer for as many as I can recall, the Clark has had a show good enough to top my list of the year’s best: Last year, it was Picasso Looks at Degas; the year before, it was Dove/O’Keeffe; and so on, going back (at least) to 2003’s amazing show of J.M.W. Turner’s late paintings.
This year is no exception: Pissarro’s People is a superb exhibition that brings together a wide range of the artist’s work in unique combinations for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Though it probably won’t draw huge crowds like Picasso or O’Keeffe (and that’s a shame), this exhibition offers rewards beyond the woozy feeling you get when confronted by genius on canvas, largely by telling a whopper of a true story.
Caffè Lena has received a 2011 Grammy Foundation Grant which will go to help preserve Caffè Lena’s rare recordings of live performances from 1960-1975 with help from three-time Grammy Award-winning sound preservationist Steve Rosenthal. They are currently planning the restoration of recordings by Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Jean Ritchie, Don McLean, Kate McGarrigle and others, with listening copies made for the Library of Congress. If you or someone you know made an audio or video recording at Caffe Lena, please contact the Caffe in order to help preserve its rich recorded history.
Amy Williams, president and CEO of the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, will leave the organization on July 15 to become project manager at Exhibit Planning & Management International in Menands. Former WMHT executive Deborah Onslow will become ACCR’s interim president. Williams has held the top job at ACCR since 2008 and served as vice president for more than 20 years. Best of luck, Amy!
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