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Summer Gala at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute celebrates the openings of three summer shows with a party that samples both the classic and the contemporary on Saturday, June 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Guests will enjoy Pissarro’s People in a French country market and Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth and El Anatsui in a city-chic gallery setting. This special evening features music, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary beer and wine—and an opportunity to preview the exhibitions. Tickets are $100 ($85 per member) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Director Michael Conforti and exhibition curators Richard R. Brettell, Jay A. Clarke, and David Breslin will make opening remarks, welcoming guests to the opening of the Clark’s three summer exhibitions Pissarro’s People, Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth, and El Anatsui. Throughout the evening, curators will lead intimate gallery talks through each exhibition. A professional photographer will pose partygoers in a group photograph inspired by Thomas Struth’s mesmerizing works, and will provide each guest with a commemorative print after the event. The evening’s entertainment includes the jazz music of the Miro Sprague Trio and pianist Mike Schiffer.

The French country market in the courtyard will feature French-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be served on the Moltz Terrace at Stone Hill Center. The menu prepared by the Clark’s own chef Steve Wilkinson includes Crêpes with Wild Mushroom or Ham and Spinach Fillings; Duck, Sausage, Lamb, and White Bean Cassoulet from Southern France; a “Le Couchon Volant” Cart; Mini Croque-Monsieur; Frites in Paper Cones; and Strawberry Torte, among other dishes. Guests will also enjoy complimentary wine and beer.

Guests may purchase tickets to win a Night at the Museum and other prizes in a raffle that supports the Clark’s school bus subsidy program. Prizes include:

  • First Prize: A Night at the Museum, featuring a private after-hours tour of Pissarro’s People or the permanent collection with a senior curator, followed by cocktails and a gourmet dinner for eight in the Clark Penthouse
  • Second Prize: Season tickets to The Met: Live in HD opera series
  • Third Prize: A year of Clark exhibition catalogues
  • Fourth Prize: Two tickets to the Clark’s next three exhibition opening parties

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25 and are currently available online at clarkart.edu, as well as in the museum shop. Tickets may also be purchased on the night of the gala, both in the courtyard and at Stone Hill Center. The drawing will be held at Stone Hill Center at 8:45 pm. Ticket-holders need not be present to win.

About the Musical Entertainment

Jazz pianist Mike Schiffer has been entertaining Berkshire audiences since 1968 as both a solo artist and a collaborator. He leads a variety of combos, from duos to septets, and provides a full range of entertainment services in any musical style, including harp, classical guitar, chamber music, classic rock, and full-fledged big-band performances. He has also provided the film scores for numerous silent film screenings, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Jazz pianist Miro Sprague’s recordings include Trio Mission, Midnight, and Opening, and he was a session musician on albums including Sonya Kitchell’s Words Came Back to Me and Philip Dizack’s Beyond a Dream. He has also performed with Sonya Kitchell on The Late Show with David Letterman and at venues including the Barcelona Jazz Festival, Café Alto in Amsterdam, Interplay Jazz Camp Facility and Iron Horse Music Hall in Massachusetts, and The Vermont Jazz Center in Vermont, among others.

About the Exhibitions

Pissarro’s People
June 12–October 2, 2011

Pissarro’s People offers a fresh look at the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro by examining his portraits, harvest scenes, and market views through the lens of his personal relationships, profound social and economic concerns, and anarchist beliefs. Based on new scholarship by curator and leading Pissarro scholar Richard R. Brettell, this visually stunning exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most iconic figural works with lesser-known pictures from private and public collections from around the world. Pissarro’s People was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

El Anatsui
June 12–October 16, 2011

One of Africa’s greatest living artists, El Anatsui (b. 1944) weaves together discarded metal objects to create large-scale sculptures that demonstrate a fascinating interplay of colors and shapes. By “subverting the stereotype of metal as a stiff, rigid medium,” the artist says, he creates “a soft, pliable, almost sensuous material capable of attaining immense dimensions and being adapted to specific spaces.” A selection of Anatsui’s ethereal and transcendent sculptures, including Strips of Earth’s Skin, will be on view at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center in an installation that explores the themes of history, economy, sustainability, and identity.

Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth
June 12–September 5, 2011

Through their large-scale photographs, contemporary artists Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth offer distinct but connected perspectives on the ways we interact with the spaces we inhabit. Höfer’s photographs of libraries, auditoriums, and research centers are emptied of people but filled with the mystery of visual and intellectual contemplation. Struth’s work captures visitors at museums and churches as we, the viewers of the photographs, look at them from a physical and temporal distance.

The Clark

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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June 11: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute celebrates the openings of three summer shows with a party that samples both the classic and the contemporary on Saturday, June 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Guests will enjoy Pissarro’s People in a French country market and Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth and El Anatsui in a city-chic gallery setting. This special evening features music, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails—and an opportunity to preview the exhibitions. Tickets are $100 ($85 per member) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.


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