Celebrate the Opening of Picasso Looks at Degas and Juan Muñoz

For Immediate Release

May 05, 2010

 

May 5, 2010
CLARK GALA FEATURES SPANISH FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT AND PREVIEW OF PICASSO LOOKS AT DEGAS AND JUAN MUÑOZ

For Immediate Release

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Celebrate the opening of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s exhibitions Picasso Looks at Degas and Juan Muñoz with a fantastic evening of art, strolling guitarists, delicious Spanish food, flamenco dancing, opera, and other delights inspired by the riches of Spain on Saturday, June 12, at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $125 ($100 for members) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. Festive attire is suggested.

The tradition and passion of Spanish music will be brought to life by three skilled musicians who now call Massachusetts home: Spanish Morocco-born flamenco guitarist Manolo Caballos of Lenox; classically trained Spanish guitarist Francisco Isaza of Foxboro; and Venezuelan Abraham “Abe” Sanchez of Williamstown, who performs internationally with Viva Quetzal.

Guests will enjoy a sangria bar and a delectable menu offering a variety of different hot and cold tapas and other delicacies of Spanish cuisine. Foods served will include Spanish cheeses, olives, sausages, prosciutto and baguettes; gazpacho shots; empanadas; tortillas Española; pinchitos (skewers of grilled lamb, chorizo, octopus and shrimp); fried artichokes with lemon garlic aïoli; shrimp croquetas; ceviche; Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce; and paella. Flan, almond-orange cake, dates stuffed with almonds, and blood orange sorbet will be served with coffee.

The magical evening will continue at 8:00 pm with a passionate pairing of opera and flamenco dancing. Selections from Georges Bizet’s Carmen will be performed by a tenor and a soprano from Glimmerglass Opera, the internationally renowned opera festival held each summer in Cooperstown, New York, followed by the fiery performance and dazzling footwork of critically-acclaimed Spanish flamenco dancer Inés Arrubla of Inés Arrubla Flamenco Dance Theater.

A Night@the Museum raffle with a fabulous prize will support the Clark’s school bus program that provides free transportation to and from the museum for schools within a day’s drive. The raffle winner and guests will enjoy an exclusive evening at the museum, to be scheduled at the winner’s convenience. Night@the Museum includes a private tour, led by a senior curator, of either Picasso Looks at Degas or highlights of the permanent collection, followed by a behind-the-scenes talk, cocktails, and a gourmet dinner for 20 people at the Clark. The winning ticket will be drawn at the party on June 12, but the ticket holder need not be present to win. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased at the event, are available online at clarkart.edu, and by calling 413 458 0524.

The gala will be held at various locations on the Clark’s campus and trolleys will be available to transport guests around the site. Throughout the evening, gala attendees will have the opportunity to see the exciting Clark-exclusive exhibitions Picasso Looks at Degas and Juan Muñoz. Picasso Looks at Degas, on view June 13 through September 12, focuses on two of the great artists of the modern period and examines Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this groundbreaking exhibition that explores the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation, through dramatic pairings and groupings of art that have never been brought together in this ambitious way.

Juan Muñoz, on view June 13 through October 17, features works by Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953–2001) and explores themes of absence, memory, and paradox. Well-known for his commentaries about space and displacement, Muñoz uses forms that resemble ballerinas, actors, dwarves, puppets, and Chinese figures, among others. The exhibition will be on view in Stone Hill Center and other Clark spaces, providing a unique environment in which to experience Muñoz’s immersive works.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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