Posts Tagged ‘The Clark’

WTF Presents “The Roommate” @ the Clark [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
Roommates: S. Epatha Merkerson (l) and Deirdre O’Connell (r).

Roommates: S. Epatha Merkerson (l) and Deirdre O’Connell (r)

The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents a free reading of The Roommate with S. Epatha Merkerson and Deirdre O’Connell at 2:30pm on Thursday (June 2) at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. The reading will be followed by a conversation about the process of working on new plays as well as WTF’s exciting summer 2016 season.

While the event is free, reservations are required. Visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524 to make a reservation. The reading begins promptly at 2:30 pm and runs for approximately two hours. Late arrivals will not be seated.

The Roommate, written by Jen Silverman and directed by Mike Donahue, tells the story of empty-nested and husband-less Sharon, who takes on a roommate in her Iowa City home. She gets a bit more than she bargained for when Robyn, a beat poet from the Bronx, moves in. As an unexpected friendship ignites between these two very different women, The Roommate asks us to consider the surprises — both troubling and thrilling — we face when we open ourselves up to new experiences late in life.

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FREE: Clark Art Institute’s “Word Up Family Day” on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates rap, blues and dark pop.

Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates hip-hop, blues and dark pop.

Unconventional, innovative storytelling — whether verbal, visual, digital or musical — is the theme of “Word Up Family Day” at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown from 1-4pm on Sunday (February 7). All activities are free. And as part of the Clark’s First Sunday Free program, admission to the galleries is free all day as well.

“Word Up Family Day” is a celebration of the artists’ books in the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting, explained Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, director of adult, school and community programs at the Clark. “The library has an incredible collection of these rare works, and it’s exciting to see such unusual, contemporary work in the main galleries,” she said.

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ArtBeat: “Van Gogh and Nature” @ the Clark Art Institute [Get Visual]

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Vincent Van Gogh - A Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889 oil on canvas The National Gallery, London

Vincent Van Gogh – A Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889 oil on canvas
The National Gallery, London

Review by David Brickman

Here’s what’s obvious: You must not miss Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., which ends its exclusive run there on Sunday (September 13). Simply put, you will never get another chance to see such a breathtaking collection of this artist’s work – gathered from all over the world – together again. Ever.

Here’s what may be less obvious: The title of the show, and its claim to being “the first exhibition devoted to the artist’s abiding exploration of nature in all its forms” are off the mark. Take, for example, the brilliant painting reproduced above. The sky and mountains are not wrought by human intervention, however personally interpreted by the painter, and the wind ruffling the many plants below that sky is all natural. But what about those plants, and that landscape they inhabit? This is not by any means a natural place. It is dominated by a cultivated wheatfield, cypresses, and olive trees that were, I’m fairly certain, planted by people, in a place that was most likely clear cut centuries before Vincent laid eyes on it. Is this nature?

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Real Good For Free: Free Fun Fridays

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and Egyptian cartonnage @ The Berkshire Museum

(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and (right) Egyptian cartonnage, two of the works in the Objectify exhibiton @ The Berkshire Museum

Bored and broke? There’s three weeks left of Free Fun Fridays, the annual summer program that funds one-day free admission at many of the cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program started June 28 and will run through August 30, with six different cultural venues scheduled every Friday. Over the past four years, more than half-a-million visitors have enjoyed Free Fun Fridays, instituted in 2008 by The Highland Street Foundation to enable everyone to afford Massachusetts’ wealth of cultural attractions. No registration or tickets are required to attend and all activities are free of charge.

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Real Good for FREE: Concerts On the Lawn @ the Clark Art Institute

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
July 17: Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys

July 17: Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown hosts its free weekly Concerts On the Lawn series throughout the month of July.

The series of four outdoor concerts will take place at 6pm on Tuesdays.

Here’s the performance schedule for 2012:

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Festival Fever: Chinese Street Festival Family Day @ Clark Art Institute, 6/24/12

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Zhenmushou (Demon-Quelling Beasts), (Tang Dynasty, 618-906 CE)

Zhenmushou (Demon-Quelling Beasts), (Tang Dynasty, 618-906 CE)

In conjunction with two summer exhibitions, “Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China” and “Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China,” the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is hosting its Chinese Street Festival Family Day from 11am-4pm on Sunday (June 24).

Have your fortune told by an oracle…
Learn to write your name in Chinese characters…
Watch — or join in — a dragon parade…
Climb the “Great Wall of China”…
Enjoy an exciting performance of the Peking opera “Monkey King Runs Amok in the Heavens”…
Meet a real-live water buffalo…

Family Day performances and art-making activities are free, as is admission to the Clark’s galleries. Most booth activities and services are free, although some have a nominal charge.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2012:

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Real Good for Free: Films About Art @ the Clark Institute

Monday, April 9th, 2012

“Artists Now: Documenting Creative Process,” a free documentary film series presented by the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, takes an intimate into the creative process by examining how contemporary artists interact with their art… and each other.

The films will be screened at 2pm on Sundays, presented in widescreen and HD.

Here’s the schedule of screenings:

“Chuck Close”
Sunday, April 15, 2pm
This engrossing documentary by Marion Cajori follows Chuck Close as he creates one of his enormous self-portraits over the span of many months. A beautiful blend of representation and abstraction, this film portrays the community of artists who came out of Yale in the early ’60s. (2007, 116 min.)

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Roger McGuinn, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Roger McGuinn

“I guess the first album that I bought was Elvis Presley’s record that contained the song ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ I loved that song so much that I asked my folks for a guitar and got one for my 14th birthday.

Before that, I had just bought 45 rpm singles. The 33 1/3 LP was wonderful, and it was great to have all those songs on one record for the first time.”

Founding member of the Byrds, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and relentless folk song collector Roger McGuinn will step into the spotlight at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown at 8pm on Saturday. Tix for the performance are $38; students $35.

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