Designs for Clark Campus to be on View in Special Installation

For Immediate Release

March 03, 2003

Models, drawings, and computer animation of Tadao Ando design
featured in installation, along with Clark history, mission

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (March 3, 2003) -The Clark Art Institute will present a special exhibition of models and drawings of the design for the Institute's building expansion and campus enhancement, opening Tuesday, March 4. "Art in Nature: The Clark Art Institute Today and Tomorrow" presents architectural models of the building designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando and a landscape model of the entire 140-acre campus, along with a "virtual reality" computer model recreating a walk-through of the project from a visitor's point of view. The design installation is enhanced by exhibits devoted to the history of the Institute, the vision of its founders, the Clark's mission, and its growth since it opened in 1955. The exhibition will remain on view through summer 2003.

"On the one hand we know we have a need for building, growing out of our expanded programs and greater commitment to public service. Our community and visitors are very interested to see the designs for the Clark's expansion, but we thought it was important not only to provide models of the new campus, but also to put these designs in the context of our institutional goals and history," said Clark director Michael Conforti. "This installation will make clear how this remarkable campus enhancement fulfills our dual mission as a public art museum and a major academic and research center while preserving our dramatic rural landscape."

Also this month MASS MoCA, a program partner of the Clark in nearby North Adams, will present a related installation featuring Ando's work and the designs of the Clark's landscape architects, Reed Hilderbrand Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts. "Art in Nature: Tadao Ando and Reed Hilderbrand at the Clark Art Institute," will be on view at MASS MoCA from March 15 to early June.

The historical portion of the installation at the Clark will include a video about the Institute's founders, Sterling and Francine Clark, and the creation of the Institute in 1955. The gallery will also include photographs, and information about the advances in the Clark's exhibition and research program over the decades.

"The Clark is now one of the country's premier outlets for research in the visual arts and its special exhibitions are recognized internationally, attracting visitors from all over the world to the Berkshires," said Conforti. "Our permanent collection of Impressionist, American, and Old Master paintings is arguably the finest and most important art collection that is located outside of an urban area, in a dramatic natural landscape. This installation conveys all these elements and really shows why we are undertaking this expansion and campus enhancement."

Currently on view at the Clark is the exhibition Tadao Ando: Architect, which opened in September 2002. This exhibition features 15 of the architect's other buildings and projects through models, drawings, photographs, and videos. Projects span 30 years of Ando's career, from his early residences and churches to his recent American museum commissions, including the critically acclaimed Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Ando, the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and the recipient of the 2002 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, is one of the most celebrated architects working today. Ando's sensitivity to landscape and the contemplative nature of his interior spaces led the Clark Art Institute to select him as architect for its building and campus enhancement. Tadao Ando: Architect is on view through April 27.

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. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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