Animated Short Film Marathon March 26 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 07, 2006

This winter’s film series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, “Triple Features: 3 Colors, 3 Painters, 3 Studios,” concludes on March 26.  In celebration of the winter exhibition Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, the film series follows a thread of connection through diverse work. Films already featured have created trails through the work of a modern master director and cinematic recreations of the lives of artists, and the last in the series will focus on styles of animation.  Admission to all films is free.

Sunday, March 26 concludes the series with “Triple Feature: 3 Studios” highlighting animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada at 11 am, Aardman Animation at 1:30 pm, and Hubley Studios at 4 pm.  A long day’s journey into shorts, this marathon festival of animation styles presents a wide array of Academy Award-winning and nominated cartoons for adults and sophisticated children. 

Founded by John Grierson who is known as the father of British and Canadian documentary film, the National Film Board of Canada developed a long tradition of innovative animation, winning 11 Oscars and garnering countless nominations.  This program will feature many of those shorts from the past 50 years, representing a wide range of artists.

Nick Park and the gang at Aardman have followed with another long string of Oscars for their clay animations of uncanny three-dimensional characters, animal and human. Garnering another Oscar recently, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was named best Animated Feature Film.  This program will feature three Wallace & Gromit shorts, as well as the original Creature Comforts and the subsequent television program.

John Hubley left Disney during the 1941 animator’s strike, and went on to lead United Productions of America where he developed characters such as Mister Magoo.  Then he joined his wife Faith Hubley in making an award-winning string of distinctive animations such as Moonbird, Cockabooty, and Windy Day, featuring the voices of their children, some of whom grew up to be artists and animators in their own right.

Make a day of it at the Clark with engaging films, visits to the galleries, hikes up Stone Hill, and a bite to eat at the courtyard cafe.  Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, on view now, is an exciting exhibition of some of the best selections from the Clark’s works on paper, draws connections between such greats as Picasso and Dürer and finds links both visual and historical, in often seemingly disparate works.  This fun and unusual approach invites reflection on the nature of connectedness and invites viewers to find their own trails between the works.  This anniversary exhibition spans over 500 years and includes works by Degas, Morandi, Atget, and Munch.  The exhibition closes April 30.

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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