The Clark and WGBY Partner to Offer Special Preview of Art:21

For Immediate Release

October 02, 2007

On October 10, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and WGBY will present a preview of an episode of Art:21, the acclaimed PBS series that reveals the inspiration, vision, and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most accomplished contemporary artists. “Ecology,” episode three in the four part Art:21 series, will be screened. These previews (“Protest” was previewed on October 3) represent a unique opportunity to see the series prior to public broadcast; the Clark is the only venue in the region to offer these advance screenings. Following the screening of “Ecology,” audience members can participate in a lively discussion with area curators and art educators. Held at the Clark at 7 pm.

Art:21, now in its fourth season, travels across the country and abroad to film seventeen contemporary artists—from painters and sculptors to photographers and filmmakers—in their own spaces and in their own words. The result is a rare opportunity for television viewers to experience first-hand the complex artistic process—from inception to finished product—behind some of today’s most thought-provoking art. The series premieres on PBS October 28 and runs for four consecutive Sundays at 10 pm.

Episode three, “Ecology,” introduces viewers to four artists whose works pose questions about the relationships between nature and culture. MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish will join Clark assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann and Williams assistant professor Ondine Chavoya in engaging the audience in a discussion about the episode. Markonish came to MASS MoCA in July from Artspace New Haven, an artist- and volunteer-run contemporary arts non-profit where she had been the curator since 2002. Her first major MASS MoCA exhibition, Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, will open in May 2008.

Artists featured in the segment are Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Mark Dion, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Robert Adams.

Manglano-Ovalle’s technologically sophisticated sculptures and video installations employ natural forms such as clouds and icebergs, as well as objects including an umbrella and bullfight ring, as metaphors for understanding difficult social issues, from immigration and gun violence to human cloning. Manglano-Ovalle graduated from Williams College in 1983. Experience his work during the preview of “Ecology” at the Clark and get to know him as an artist on Saturday, October 13 at 2 pm when he delivers the Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art at Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Auditorium.

Dion collects materials from flea markets and yard sales for his installations and public projects, many of which explore our ideas and assumptions about nature. His works include an elaborate Vivarium in Seattle for which he constructed a greenhouse to protect and keep alive a fallen tree and its surroundings—a tribute to and appreciation for the complexities of our natural system. In 2005 Dion created a site-specific installation titled Library for the Birds of Massachusetts for MASS MoCA’s Becoming Animal exhibition.

Rydingsvard works primarily with cedar to create large-scale structures. Drawing from her childhood memories of growing up in WWII Polish refugee camps, she creates massive wooden sculptures that often resemble bowls, tools, and walls, and echo the raw, wooden barracks in which her family was forced to live.

For photographer Robert Adams, inspiration comes from the American West. Through his compelling black-and-white images, he documents scenes and landscapes that are beautiful yet disturbing and strike a balance between sober documentation and somber indignation.

The Clark
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