Andy Goldsworthy Project Curator Molly Donovan to Introduce Film on December 1 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2005

Molly Donovan, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and curator of the Andy Goldsworthy Project, will introduce the film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001, 90 minutes) on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Part of the “Fellows’ Favorite Films” series, in which Clark Fellows introduce their favorite flicks to the public, this film will be held in the Clark’s auditorium and admission is free.

Donovan, a Clark Fellow, will introduce the film which offers insight into the motivations and methods of this artist, and talk briefly about her work with Andy Goldsworthy on his project at the National Gallery of Art, and her forthcoming book documenting the process of its making. The film is directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer. A question and answer session will conclude the evening.

Donovan has a particular interest in land-based art. She was responsible for the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection in Washington and San Diego and also has done work in both media art and modern sculpture. While at the Clark, she will continue her contributions to the Andy Goldsworthy Project, following the successful installation of Roof at the National Gallery of Art (2004 - 2005) and finishing the book of the project.

British sculptor Goldsworthy uses natural materials such as rocks, leaves, ice, and water to create art forms; sculptures which are both drawn from, and ultimately destroyed by, nature. In January 2003 he was invited by the National Gallery of Art to create a work for the gallery on site or elsewhere in the region. Impressed with the abundance and character of Washington's stone structures, Goldsworthy conceived a project reflecting his interest in local building stones and their geological origins. The resulting plan, known as the Andy Goldsworthy Project, comprises two phases: ephemeral work completed on Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia, and a permanent sculpture located on the ground level of the gallery's East Building.

The final film in the “Fellows’ Favorites Films” series is The Triumph of Love (Le Triomphe de l’amour) (2001, 112 minutes) introduced by Melissa Hyde on December 8.

The Clark announced 14 Clark Fellows for the 2005-2006 academic year. Fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals whose work extends and enhances the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. The program encourages a critical commitment to research in the theory, history, and interpretation of works from all periods and genres.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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