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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Kicks Off Summer Exhibitions with Opening Party

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2012

 

[Digital Images available upon request]

Williamstown, Mass.—On Friday, June 15, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host a Chinese-themed party beginning at 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of two summer exhibitions, Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China in the Clark’s main galleries and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China at Stone Hill Center. Then & Now, a presentation of photography by Li Ju, will also be on display at Stone Hill.

Guests are invited to enjoy music performed by the Ping Li Chinese Music Ensemble and drinks and delicacies with an Asian flair served in a lively street festival atmosphere. The menu will include grilled skewers, spring rolls, steamed dumplings, pot stickers, scallion pancakes, noodle bowls and sweet rice lotus leaf packets; complimentary beer and wine, as well as sweets, coffee and champagne, also will be served. Tickets are $125 ($100 members) and may be purchased online or by calling 413-458-0524.

The Clark welcomes several guests of honor from key Chinese arts agencies, including Dong Baohua and Song Xinchao of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage; Wang Jun of Art Exhibitions China; Song Wenbin of Shanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage; Yang Huifu of Gansu Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage; and photographer Li Ju, an honorary member of the Great Wall Society, whose work Then & Now will be on view at Stone Hill Center.

The Ping Li Chinese Music Ensemble performs traditionally inspired Chinese music that is rich in ornamentation, ranging from music of ancient China and folk melodies to mid-19th century and classical music. Featured instruments include the yangqin (Chinese dulcimer), played in China since the end of the Ming dynasty (c. 1600 c.e.); the guzheng, or zheng, a two-stringed plucked instrument of the zither family, the most ancient of Chinese musical instruments; and the erhu, a bowed two-stringed instrument resembling a long-necked vertical violin, introduced in China at the time of the Han Dynasty (c. 140 b.c.e.).

About the Exhibitions

Unearthed and Through Shên-kan are part of the Clark’s current cultural exchange initiative with China, inspired by a scientific expedition to northern China undertaken by Sterling Clark in 1908 to document the region’s terrain, ecology and meteorological conditions.

Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China
June 16–October 21, 2012

Unearthed, presented in the Clark’s main galleries, showcases a selection of antiquities recently excavated from three separate ancient tombs in the Shanxi and Gansu Provinces. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a monumental fifth-century stone sarcophagus in the form of a traditional Chinese house measuring nearly 8 ft. x 12 ft. and weighing more than 10 tons. Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through Shên-Kan: Sterling Clark in China
June 16–September 16, 2012

Through Shên-Kan, presented in the Clark’s Stone Hill Center galleries, tells the story of Sterling Clark’s 1908–9 expedition to northern China (detailed in the 1912 book Through Shên-kan: The Account of the Clark Expedition in North China, 1908-9, by Robert Sterling Clark and Arthur de Carle Sowerby). On display are original equipment and artifacts used during the trek, historical documents and photographs and samples of specimens collected by the naturalists who were a part of the expedition. Through Shên-Kan: Sterling Clark in China is supported by the Fernleigh Foundation.

Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China
June 16–September 16, 2012

Accompanying Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China is a presentation of historical photographs from Sterling Clark’s 1908–9 expedition, complemented by photographs of the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later. Pairs of images juxtaposed along the Clark’s campus trails and in the Hunter Studio at Stone Hill Center illustrate what has changed—and what has remained the same—over the past century.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Calendar Listing

June 15: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute kicks off two summer exhibition openings on Friday, June 15, with a party beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to preview Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China while enjoying live music by the Ping Li Chinese Music Ensemble, as well as a feast of delicacies with an Asian flair served in a lively street festival atmosphere; complimentary beer and wine, as well as sweets, coffee and champagne, also will be served. Tickets are $125 ($100 members) and may be purchased online or by calling 413-458-0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413-458-0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu


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