Posts Tagged ‘The Clark Art Institute’

Not One, But TWO Ukulele Festivals This Weekend

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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.

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ArtBeat: Installing El Anatsui’s “Strips of Earth’s Skin” @ the Clark Art Institute

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The dramatic, recycled art of sculptor El Anatsui, who was born in Ghana in 1944, is on exhibit at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown through Sunday, October 16.

ArtBeat: Pissarro’s People at the Clark Art Institute [Get Visual]

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Jeanne Pissarro, called Cocotte, Reading 1899 - Oil on canvas 22 x 26 3/8 in.

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.

Click the read the rest at Get Visual.

Notes from Behind the Scenes…

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

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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