Kenneth Frampton to Speak on Tadao Ando at the Clark September 27

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2002

Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton will speak at the Clark Art Institute on Friday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. His talk "The Topographic Architecture of Tadao Ando" will focus on the work of the 2002 American Institute of Architects Gold Medallist who was selected last fall as architect for the Clark's upcoming expansion and campus enhancement. Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. He is author of the catalogue essay from the 1991 Ando exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is currently writing a monograph on the architect's work. The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested; to reserve, call 413-458-2303, extension 324.

The 5:30 p.m. lecture is a change to the previously scheduled program on September 27. Frampton's talk has been moved up, and due to a scheduling conflict, Tadao Ando (originally scheduled for 5:00 p.m.) will be unable to appear.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and preview of the exhibition Tadao Ando: Architect. Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando is one of the most celebrated architects working today. The exhibition, which opens officially on September 28, will feature 15 buildings and projects through models, drawings, photographs, and videos in an installation specially designed by the architect. The Clark is the only other venue for Tadao Ando: Architect, which originated at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Ando's sensitivity to landscape and the contemplative nature of his interior spaces led the Institute to select him as architect for its upcoming expansion and campus enhancement. Projects featured in Tadao Ando: Architect include private residences designed in the 1970s and Ando's Japanese churches of the 1980s, The exhibition will bring Ando's career up to date with his recent commissions for museums in the United States and abroad, including the newly opened Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis. Designs for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, scheduled to open later this year, the future Calder Museum in Philadelphia, and the much-heralded commission for the Pinault Contemporary Art Foundation in Paris will also be on view. The exhibition will be on view through April 27.

The Clark

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by the beauty of its 140-acre setting in the Berkshires. The Clark is also recognized for its special exhibitions, such as the recent exhibition on Gustav Klimt's landscapes and 2001's Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, which concurrently advance critical thought and generate popular interest in the arts.

The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The Clark's Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world to pursue research and share new scholarship.  The Institute encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. The Clark also is home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, which serves more than 50 institutions in the region and also provides professional training in art conservation.

Throughout Tadao Ando: Architect, the Clark galleries will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 (free to members, students, and children) through October 31. After October 31, admission is free. The Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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