What’s Next at the Clark
A bimonthly guide to movies, music, and special events happening at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. All events free unless otherwise specified.
- September 20 – Cinema Screening and Discussion: Certified Copy; 3:00 pm
Cinema Salon, the film club led by the Clark film programmer Steve Satullo, returns for a fourth year of screenings and discussions under the theme “Exploring World Cinema: a Guided Tour.” Following a brief organizational meeting, the first club screening will be Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy (2011), illustrating the season’s theme with an Iranian director, an Italian setting, a French actress, and a British actor. Starring Juliette Binoche and British opera singer William Shimell, the film premiered in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival, where Binoche won the Best Actress Award.
- September 21 – Gallery Openings at Stone Hill Center
As the Clark moves into the final phases of its campus expansion, many of our best-loved works of art will temporarily move “up the hill” to go on view at Stone Hill Center. Galleries include the Renaissance and Baroque-themed Sacred and Profane: Four Hundred Years of Religious and Mythological Paintings, Face Time: Portraits and Figures in Paintings and Sculptures, and the landscape-focused Land, Sea, and Sky: The Natural World in Art 1600 - 1900/
- September 24 – “Feedback: Notes on the Behavioral Turn” by Judith Rodenbeck; 5:30 pm
Judith Rodenbeck, Clark Fall Fellow, will speak on “Feedback: Notes on the Behavioral Turn.” A professor of modern and contemporary art at Sarah Lawrence College, Rodenbeck is the author of Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings (MIT, 2011), past editor-in-chief of Art Journal, and a practicing critic. She is concerned with epistemologies of performance.
- September 26 – London National Theatre Live in HD: Othello; 2:00 pm
Othello (Adrian Lester), newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago (Rory Kinnear), his ensign, passed over for promotion in favor of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). Click here to purchase tickets, or call (413) 458-0524.
- September 27 – Piero della Francesca’s Madonna Enthroned with Four Angels: The Spiritual Perspective of her Heavenly Palace; 5:30 pm
The Clark’s first fall symposium begins Friday evening with a lecture by Samuel Edgerton, Amos Lawrence Professor Art History Emeritus, Williams College. The lecture will take place at 5:30 PM at the Hunter Studio at Stone Hill Center, where the painting will be on view. As part of the lecture, the galleries at Stone Hill Center will remain open until 5:30.
- September 28 – Clark Symposium: Science, Ethics, and the Transformations of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries; 9:30 am
The familiar historical narrative of perspective in art describes a radical transformation occasioned by the reception of ancient Greek optics in the West through Arabic translations in the late Middle Ages. But the story is more complicated, with evidence painters and sculptors experimented with perspectival effects as early as the twelfth century. This symposium—convened by Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University, and Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University, Tempe—will examine developments in later-medieval art as part of the same continuum of transformations that were taking place in natural philosophy and moral theology. Learn about the complex intersections that lead to the development of perspective and the moralization of optics.
- September 29 – Harpischord Concert: Victor Hill; 3:00 pm
Renowned harpsichordist Victor Hill presents a free program of Johan Sebastian Bach pieces at the Clark this Sunday. A master of the Baroque period renowned for the artistic beauty, technical skill, and intellectual depth of his ecclesiastical and secular works, Bach continues to enchant. Likewise, Hill captivates audiences with the tempos and artistry of the eighteenth century, playing on a custom double-manual harpsichord that’s a reproduction of what musicians of the era might have used.
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