The series of four outdoor concerts will take place at 6pm on Tuesdays.
Here’s the performance schedule for 2012:
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:
“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:
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.)
“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.
“No, I can’t remember the first album I ever bought. And you know why? Because I so thoroughly pillaged my sister’s record collection that anything that I actually bought was just sort of an enhancement.
But I’m sure that whatever album I first bought was eternally uncool. I listened to pop music and had a very meaningful relationship with my parents’ folk-rock collection.
The Kingston Trio albums were well-worn in my house. I really loved Joan Baez’s ‘David’s Album’ and Judy Collins’ ‘Whales and Nightingales’ and “Wildflowers.’ And, of course, I listened to all the Beatles’ albums – backwards and forwards.
And somewhere along the way I took it upon myself to open my ears to classical music because my father was such a huge fan.
And the cast album of ‘Godspell.’
Simon and Garfunkel.
And, oh yeah, Herman’s Hermits, too.”
Opening Sunday, November 14 at The Clark in Williamstown is “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer”, a world populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers. Drawn entirely from the Clark’s extensive holdings, the display will feature approximately seventy-five works by the celebrated German Renaissance painter, printmaker and writer.
The prints are organized into five themes – The Apocalypse, Symbolic Space, Battle and Anguish, Gender Anxiety, and Enigma – that draw parallels to contemporary society and strive to illustrate both his artistic vision and his historic contributions to the understanding of artistic perspective and proportion.
The exhibit is on display through March 13, 2011.
Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green’s popular chronicle and critique of art and art institutions, is running a tournament to name America’s favorite art museum.
The final round of voting just opened and…The Clark is up against the Toledo Museum of Art.
Yep. The Clark. In Williamstown.
The Clark has already defeated The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art and The Philadelphia Museum of Art in previous rounds of voting. (They also just scored Metroland Magazine’s nod as the Best Museum in the Capital Region.)
Yes, it’s a popularity contest, but it illustrates the passion and commitment of The Clark’s patrons as well as the museum’s progressive vision in developing exhibitions, concert series, film screenings and lectures.
You can vote here. Voting runs through Sunday, and judging by some of the comments on the site, Toledo has mobilized their forces.
In conjunction with the art exhibitions “Picasso looks at Degas” (through September 12) and “Juan Munoz” (through October 17), the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is hosting a film series, “Spanish Masters of Cinema.”
All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Screenings are free of charge on select Fridays at 4pm in the Clark auditorium.
Here’s the line-up:
Today (July 2): “The Spirit of the Beehive” (1973, 98 minutes) is widely considered to be the best Spanish film of the ’70s. Director Victor Erice takes a mesmerizing child’s eye view in this enigmatic, allegorical film that paints a critical portrait of rural Spain in the ’40s after Franco’s victory in the Civil War.
July 16: “Carmen” (1983, 101 minutes) mixes magical choreography, rousing flamenco dancing and operatic flourishes that reference Bizet’s masterwork. Director Carlos Saura explores the tale by presenting a modern ensemble of musicians and dancers rehearsing a flamenco interpretation of the Carmen story with choreographer Antonio Gades.
July 30: “All About My Mother” (1999, 106 minutes) follows Cecilia Roth as a mother who tries to cope with the death of her teenage son by seeking out the boy’s transvestite father. Along the way she reconnects with old friends who re-enfold her into a community of women that director Pedro Almodovar always celebrates.
August 13: “The Sea Inside” (2004, 126 minutes), by director Alejandro Amenábar, is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), a Spanish ship mechanic left quadriplegic after a diving accident.
August 27: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006, 112 minutes) is director Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding story of a young girl who escapes from the realities of wartime Fascist Spain into a realm of fantasy. This adult fairy tale became the highest grossing Spanish film in U.S. box office history and won three Academy Awards.