November 2004 Calendar Listings

For Immediate Release

October 07, 2004

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving.
Admission: November 1-May 31, free ($10 June-October)


October 9, 2004-January 2, 2005
Medieval Mystery: Who is The Master of the Embroidered Foliage?
The 15th-century Netherlandish painter known only as The Master of the Embroidered Foliage is best recognized for his panel paintings of the Virgin and Child. The virtually identical compositions depict Mary in voluminous robes, seated on a throne while the Christ child in her arms leafs through an illustrated manuscript. The backgrounds of these detailed panels vary greatly from landscape to city streets. All are rich in palette and pattern and are finely painted with great detail. This exhibition brings together for the first time four of these works from public and private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France, including the painting from the Clark Art Institute's collection. An innovative presentation encourages visitors to participate in solving the mysteries of this artist. The exhibition has been organized by the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange).

October 9, 2004-January 2, 2005
Albrecht Dürer: The Life of the Virgin
The German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was one of the great masters of the Northern Renaissance. In 1511 Dürer published his Life of the Virgin series, twenty woodcuts that depict various episodes throughout the Virgin Mary's life. The Clark's exceptional collection includes a virtually complete representation of Dürer's vast body of engravings, woodcuts, and etchings.

October 29, 2004-January 9, 2005
Masks and Masquerades
Images of masks and masquerades from the permanent collection, including works by Louis-Émile Durandelle, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, and Max Beckmann. The selection of prints and photographs ranges in subject from carnivals and operas to mask-like faces that border on caricature.


Tuesday, November 2
5:30 p.m.
Clark Lecture
"The Image to the World: Aby Warburg's Impresa"
Davide Stimilli, Clark Fellow

Wednesday, November 3
1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Mini Course
"A World of Signs and Wonders: Europe in the Late Middle Ages"
Michael Cassin, Curator of Education
$6 ($4 members)
413-458-2303, extension 363

Saturday, November 6
2:00 p.m.
"Form and Function in the Netherlands in the 15th and 16th Centuries"
Walter Gibson, independent scholar

Sunday, November 7
2:00 p.m.
Becket (1964, 148 minutes)

Tuesday, November 9
5:30 p.m.
"Art and Class in
Late-Nineteenth-Century America"
Michael Leja, Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Program of the History of Art

Thursday, November 11
12:30 p.m.
Looking at Lunchtime
"Virgin and Child with an Angel by the Master of the Female Half-Lengths"
Sarah Lees, assistant curator

Thursday, November 11
5:30 p.m.
Clark Lecture
"Barthes' Punctum"
Michael Fried, professor of Humanities and Director of the
Humanities Center at the Johns Hopkins University

Friday, November 12
5:30 p.m.
Clark Conversation
Art critic Michael Fried will discuss his career and ideas with Stephen Bann, professor at the University of Bristol

Saturday, November 13
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Early Music Festival

Sunday, November 14
2:00 p.m.
The Lion in Winter (1968, 134 minutes)

Tuesday, November 16
5:30 p.m.
Clark Lecture
"Picturing Authority in Early Modern Science"
Evelyn Lincoln, Clark Fellow

Thursday, November 18
7:30 p.m.
Fellows' Favorites Film Series
The Man Without a Past (2002, 97
Introduced by Adrian Randolph, Clark Fellow

Saturday, November 20
2:00 p.m.
"Technical Aspects of Netherlandish Art"
Maryan Ainsworth, curator of early Netherlandish art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, November 21
2:00 p.m.
The Seventh Seal (1956, 96 minutes, Swedish with subtitles)

Tuesday, November 30
Clark Lecture
"Photography by Other Means? The Engravings of Ferdinand Gaillard"
Stephen Bann, Clark Fellow.



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