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The Clark Presents an Award-Winning Film by Juan Muñoz, Will It Be a Likeness?

For Immediate Release

September 03, 2010

Digital images available upon request

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Will It Be a Likeness? on September 12 at 3 pm. Will It Be a Likeness? is a film version of the award-winning theater piece originally conceived for radio by the artist Juan Muñoz and the writer John Berger. The Clark is currently presenting an exhibition of the Spanish artist’s sculptures at its Stone Hill Center.

Will It Be a Likeness? was originally presented in 1996 in Frankfurt and simultaneously broadcast by Hessischer Rundfunk and BBC Radio. Conducted in English with Spanish translations, the piece provides a fresh perspective on Muñoz’s work.

During his twenty-year career, Juan Muñoz (1953–2001) invented a mode of storytelling using objects that inspire new ways of relating to space, memory, and displacement. His first sculptures employed an architectural language of disappearance and loss—wood banisters in unused spaces and metal balconies estranged from buildings. Though early in his career Muñoz used an architectural vocabulary to tell stories about people, he turned his focus to the human body in the late 1980s.

Muñoz proposed the radio collaboration to Berger during a meeting in Istanbul in 1995, and Berger was "seduced by the idea." In this unique and surprising meditation on art and the imagination, Berger plays a radio commentator whose live program is interrupted by Goya's dog, three disappearing women, and a sound-effects artist.

The exhibition Juan Muñoz is on view at the Clark through October 17 and was curated by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, with independent curator David Breslin for the Clark. Breslin will provide a brief introduction to the film.

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

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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Will It Be a Likeness? on September 12 at 3 pm. Will It Be a Likeness? is a film version of the award-winning theater piece originally conceived for radio by the artist Juan Muñoz and the writer John Berger. An exhibition of Muñoz’s sculptures is on view at the Clark through October 17. In this unique and surprising meditation on art and the imagination, Berger plays a radio commentator whose live program is interrupted by Goya's dog, three disappearing women, and an on-stage sound-effects artist. A brief introduction by the exhibition curator David Breslin will precede the showing. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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