Find Out Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Clarks on September 3 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2006

Historically, the Clark family has been markedly guarded and quiet about their enterprises and private lives. Now, with this summer’s exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings and the accompanying in-depth catalogue, a wealth of knowledge had been amassed. In a fitting conclusion to the exhibition, Clark family experts will participate in “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Clarks* *But Where Afraid to Ask” on Sunday, September 3. This free roundtable discussion will take place from 3 to 5 pm in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s auditorium. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Learn about the Clark family's place in the history of great American families who collected art and built well-known institutions. Jim Ganz, the Clark’s curator of prints, drawings, and photographs will moderate the discussion between panelists David Brooke, director emeritus, the Clark; Gilbert T. Vincent, former director, New York State Historical Association; and Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. The panelists will consider how their perception - and the public's as well - has been changed by the exhibition.

Featuring over 70 paintings, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings is the first exhibition to unite the masterpieces collected by Sterling – works by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Homer and Sargent, and more – with those collected by his brother Stephen, including paintings by Cézanne, Hopper, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition examines the brothers’ collecting and how they helped to define the changing taste for Impressionist and Early Modern art in the first half of the 20th century. The Clark Brothers Collect is on view through Monday, September 4.

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

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