Nanook of the North

Nanook Of The North To Lead Off "Empires Of Ice" Film Series At The Clark February 17

For Immediate Release

February 08, 2002

The classic 1922 documentary Nanook of the North will be screened at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. The film by Robert Flaherty follows one Inuit family's heroic effort to wring an existence out of the barren Arctic landscape. The 79 minute film has been recently restored with new orchestral accompaniment. Admission is free.

The film is the first of five in the "Empires of Ice" film series offered in connection with the Clark's exhibition Arctic Diary: Paintings and Photographs by William Bradford, on view February 17 through May 5. Upcoming films will be 90 Degrees South (1933, 72 minutes) on March 3, The Red Tent (1969, 121 minutes) on March 24, A Night to Remember (1958, 123 minutes) on March 31, and Never Cry Wolf (1983, 105 minutes) on April 14. All films are on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and will be shown via digital projection.

The Clark will offer a free public program every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. during the Arctic Diary exhibition. In addition to the films, lectures, gallery talks, and a family day are planned. For complete calendar, call 413-458-2303, extension 512 or visit

Arctic Diary features the work of American artist William Bradford (1823-1892). Bradford, an important Luminist painter, made nine trips to the Arctic Circle, which inspired his paintings of icebergs, glaciers, ships, and frigid seascapes. In 1869 he documented his journey with 141 albumen photographs published in the travelogue The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland. In 1999, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute acquired the rare album as part of its ongoing initiative to build a collection of important early photography. The album has been disbound for necessary conservation treatment, providing a unique opportunity to display the individual photographs for a wide audience. The exhibition, on view February 17-May 5, 2002, features fifty photographs from the album, as well as oil paintings by Bradford and a group of pencil, charcoal, and oil sketches. Arctic Diary also includes the canvas The Panther in Melville Bay, commissioned by Queen Victoria and currently in the British Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The painting will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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