The Clark's 'Artists Behaving Badly' Film Series Continues with My Left Foot

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—My Left Foot (1989, 103 minutes), starring Daniel Day-Lewis, airs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm as part of the free film series “Artists Behaving Badly.”

Day-Lewis portrays Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the autobiography of the Irish artist afflicted with cerebral palsy and attendant demons. A spastic quadriplegic born into a large, poverty-stricken family, Brown learns to write with his only functioning limb—his left foot. He develops into a intelligent, albeit cantankerous, writer. The role won Day-Lewis his first Academy Award for Best Actor.

This film is the second in the "Artists Behaving Badly" series, created by Steve Satullo, film director for the Clark. The series is based on the concept that artists tend by nature to be transgressive, in life as well as in work. While the Clark usually celebrates the boldness of the artist’s work, this film series takes an ironical look at examples of bad behavior conducted during the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder.

To request email notification of upcoming films, contact Satullo at ssatullo@clarkart.edu.

Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive twenty minutes early.

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. Stone Hill Center galleries are open; admission is free. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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