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"Classic Yankee" Double Feature Film Series Begins February 8

For Immediate Release

January 16, 2004

Throughout the winter, the Clark Art Institute will present the film series "Classic Yankee" beginning February 8.  Each of the four Sundays of the series will feature two films, the first beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the second film at 4 p.m. (4:15 p.m. on February 8).  Inspired by the Clark's current winter exhibition Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson, "Classic Yankee" provides a glimpse into the hardships and joys of early New England life.  Admission to the films is free.

 The series will kick off on Sunday, February 8 with the showing of The Crucible (1996, 123 minutes) at 2 p.m. and The Last of the Mohicans (1992, 114 minutes) at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, February 15 will feature The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941, 106 minutes) at 2 p.m. and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, 100 minutes) at 4 p.m. 

The series will then skip two weeks and resume on Sunday, March 7 when Little Women (1933, 107 minutes) will play at 2 p.m., followed by a more recent version of the film Little Women (1994, 118 minutes) at 4 p.m.  The concluding segment of the series will be on Sunday, April 11 with the screening of Ethan Frome (1993, 107 minutes) at 2 p.m. and The Bostonians (1984, 120 minutes) at 4 p.m.

Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson explores the series of works by American artist Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) that depicts the New England tradition of making maple sugar and the celebration of the first sap in early spring.  Known in his time as "the American Rembrandt," Johnson is one of the most important American painters of the 19th century and a New England native himself.  This series of works reveals the charm of rural Yankee life at the time of the American Civil War.  The exhibition features 15 oil paintings that represent the best of Johnson's maple sugar paintings and a video about the history of maple sugar production.  Sugaring Off will be on view at the Clark through April 18. 

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Gallery admission is free through June 26, 2004.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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