Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), View at Guernsey, 1883. Oil on canvas, 46 x 55.7 cm. The Clark, 1955.601
ClarkNOW is a time of exciting experimentation undertaken during a time in which the Institute's physical spaces are being transformed by the current campus expansion program. The ClarkNOW program incorporates new museum exhibitions as well as a diverse array of scholarly programs undertaken by the Research and Academic Program.
The ClarkNOW exhibition program embraces a wide variety of curatorial voices exploring the Clark's collections in new ways. Current projects include the Clark Remix exhibition and the uCurate program, which invites all art lovers to experiment with curatorial ideas through online and in-gallery computer programs.
ClarkNOW programs have included:
- Electric Paris, curated by former Clark fellow S. Hollis Clayson.
- Backstories, curated by Camran Mani, a former student in the Williams College/Clark graduate program in the history of art.
- Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, co-curated with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
- Phantoms of the Clark Expedition, an installation created by contemporary artist Mark Dion and presented at the Explorers Club in New York, a historic building that is the former home of Sterling Clark's brother, Stephen, and the current site of the Clark's New York office.
- Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China and Through Shên-Kan: Sterling Clark in China, 1908–09, two special exhibitions that explored different aspects of the Institute's China initiative. Unearthed featured significant works of ancient Chinese art discovered through recent archaeological finds, many of which had never before been seen outside China, while Through Shên-Kan displayed historic artifacts and documents tied to a scientific expedition through China that was organized by Sterling Clark in 1908-09.
The ClarkNOW program also includes an international tour of more than seventy works from the Clark's noted collection of nineteenth-century French paintings. More than 1.5 million people have already viewed the works at tour venues in Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, London, Montreal, Giverny, and Ft. Worth. The tour began its Asian leg in early 2013 with a presentation at the Mitsubishi Ichikogan Museum in Tokyo and will continue on to the Hyogo Prefectural Museum in Kobe, and the Shanghai Art Museum later in the year.
Exhibitions of works from the Clark are also currently on loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and to two exhibitions at The Frick Collection in New York, Piero della Francesca in America and The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark.
The Clark continues its major summer exhibitions in Williamstown in 2013 with Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History, an exhibition drawn from the Clark’s renowned holdings of the artist’s paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings, and George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci, a special presentation of a new suite of works that recently joined the Clark collection.