Claiming Williams Day

Thursday, February 6, 2 pm
As part of Claiming Williams Day, Harvard Art Museums' Curator of Photography Makeda Best presents a free lecture on photography, place, and identity. Williams College students are free with a valid ID; no reservations required. The general public is also welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Reserve online or call 413 458 0524.

The Met: Live in HD

On sale now!
The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live performances transmitted to theaters in seventy countries around the world. Tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now! 

Caroline Fowler named director of RAP

The Clark is delighted to announce the appointment of Caroline Fowler to serve as the Starr Director of its Research and Academic Program (RAP). Fowler joined the Clark staff in 2018 as associate director of RAP. She was named interim director later that year and has led the program for the past year. Read the full press release


On view through March 22
Implying infinite freedom and open-ended, self-engendering form, the arabesque motif is deeply associated with Islamic art and architecture while also being central to key movements in European art. Long relegated to the status of frame or border, and used chiefly as a decorative addition, arabesque found new life in the nineteenth century as it "broke out of the frame" and came into its own as an independent driver of pictorial innovation. The exhibition will trace this process over a series of moments in European art when arabesque was in the ascendant—from German Romanticism to the Pre-Raphaelites, Nabi artists, and Art Nouveau. Read the full press release.

Travels on Paper

Closing February 9
Before our era of mass tourism and Instagrammable vacations, the opportunity to visit renowned sites and experience exotic locales was limited to a privileged few. Printed imagery meant that scenes of foreign lands, majestic monuments, and picturesque views could spread to a much wider public. This exhibition will take visitors on a world tour featuring prints, drawings, and photographs by Camille Corot, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, John La Farge, Robert Macpherson, Thomas Moran, Félix Teynard, and others. Read the full press release.

Summer 2020 Shows

The Clark recently announced its summer 2020 exhibition schedule featuring a diverse program of exhibitions ranging from the exceptional work of one of Norway’s most revered artists to innovative projects highlighting some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. The 2020 summer season includes the Clark’s first outdoor exhibition, Ground/work, featuring six site-responsive commissions in dialogue with the Clark’s 140-acre campus. Read the full press release.

Met Live in HD: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Saturday, Feb. 1, 12:55 pm
SOLD OUT. The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. 

First Sundays Free: Wellness

Sunday, Feb. 2, 1–4 pm
Check in with your mind and body while enjoying the Clark’s galleries during this special afternoon of relaxation and reflection. All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program.

Art & Politics Film Series: Black Orpheus

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 pm
This adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a modern favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, won both the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for best foreign language film that year. The film begins with a brief introduction and is followed by light refreshments and conversation in the Manton Reading Room. Free.