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The Clark’s Family Day Brings Chinese Street Festival Fun to Williamstown

For Immediate Release

June 07, 2012

[Digital Images available upon request]

Williamstown, Mass.—On Sunday, June 24, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host a Chinese Street Festival Family Day from 11 am–4 pm to celebrate 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. Family Day performances and art-making activities are free, as is admission to the Clark’s galleries.

The Clark’s campus will be transformed into a Chinese street festival complete with booths offering a wide array of activities for the whole family. (Most booth activities and services are free; some have a nominal charge.) Children of all ages are invited to have their fortune told by an oracle, learn to write their name in Chinese characters, watch—or join in—a dragon parade, climb the “Great Wall of China,” enjoy a performance of the Peking opera “Monkey King Runs Amok in the Heavens” and meet a real-live water buffalo. Visitors will be able to try their hand at paper cutting; fashion necklaces using Chinese zodiac-animal beads; create their very own miniature mingqi (traditional Chinese funerary sculptures in the shape of mythical beasts, graceful dancers and everyday objects) using clay, straws, feathers, shells, and other materials; and participate in a scroll-painting workshop with artist Claire Fox.

Rounding out the afternoon’s entertainment will be live traditional Chinese music, Chinese folk dances, favorite Chinese stories performed by award-winning storyteller Motoko Dworkin, shadow puppet free-play, face painting, henna tattoos with Chinese symbols, chopstick lessons, a face-changing magic show, Build-a-Panda, and a tai chi workshop.

In Touch Massage and Day Spa will offer hand massages ($1.00 charge); Nejaime’s VIP Travel will present a display on modern China; and a market stall hosted by Where’d You Get That? will have a variety of popular Chinese candy and balloons for sale. Asian-themed street food (stir fry, spring rolls, roasted yams, rice balls, dumplings) and traditional carnival treats—including standard barbecue fare, pizza and salads from Hot Tomatoes, ice cream and cotton candy—will be available for purchase.

This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company Inc.

About the Exhibitions

In 1908, the Institute’s founder, Sterling Clark, organized a scientific expedition to Northern China to document the region’s terrain and ecology. To commemorate the centennial of this journey, the Clark initiated a series of collaborations with Chinese arts agencies and museums. This cultural exchange initiative culminates at the Clark this summer with a special presentation of recent archaeological discoveries from Shanxi and Gansu provinces never before seen outside of China.

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 China’s 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 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 images, 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 is a presentation of historic images from Sterling Clark’s 1908–9 expedition, paired with photographs of the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later. Presented in the Hunter Studio at Stone Hill Center, the images illustrate how much 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 daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Calendar Listing

Sunday, June 24: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host a Chinese Street Festival Family Day from 11 am–4 pm to celebrate two summer exhibitions, Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China and Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China. Children of all ages are invited to have their fortune told by an oracle, learn to write their name in Chinese characters, watch—or join in—a dragon parade, climb the “Great Wall of China,” enjoy an exciting performance of the Peking opera “Monkey King Runs Amok in the Heavens” and meet a real-live water buffalo, among many other educational and entertaining activities. Family Day performances and art-making activities are free, as is admission to the Clark’s galleries. Most booth activities and services are free, some have a nominal charge; refreshments will be available for purchase. This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company Inc. 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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