Clark Art Institute Open to the Public and Free on July 4

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (June 27, 2000) - The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. Admission is free to everyone on July 4 and on every Tuesday.

The Clark's galleries, museum shop, and Courtyard Café will be open throughout the day. The Clark Café will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to the permanent collection including French Impressionist, Old Master, and American paintings, the Clark currently features the special exhibition Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930. Beginning with paintings by such artists as John Singer Sargent and Frederic Edwin Church and ending with a silent movie theatre showing clips from such films as The Sheik starring Rudolph Valentino, the exhibition traces America's fascination with an "exotic" Middle East. Over one hundred objects include paintings, furniture, advertising and trade memorabilia, jewelry, costumes, and more. Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures in on view through September 4.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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