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.
- October 17 – London National Theatre: Macbeth; 2:00 pm
Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church. Branaugh, in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade, stars as Macbeth. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To order, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.
- October 19 – Artists Behaving Badly Film Series: My Left Foot; 2:00 pm
In this film series created by the Clark’s Steve Satullo, we take an ironical look at examples of bad behavior conducted during the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder. My Left Foot (1989, 103 minutes) stars Daniel Day-Lewis in his first Academy Award-winning role as Christy Brown. Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the autobiography of the Irish artist afflicted with cerebral palsy and attendant demons.
- October 19 – Clark Colloquium Public Conversation: Portraiture and Materiality; 5:30 pm
Portraiture is an art form predicated upon the individual human subject, yet it also stages the materiality of the world and its particularities. This colloquium—co-convened by Viccy Coltman, Senior Lecturer and Head of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and Marcia Pointon, Professor Emerita in History of Art at the University of Manchester—brings together world-renowned participants from the fields of visual art, fashion, and literature to discuss the relationship between portraiture and materiality. Learn about the complex relationships between material culture and portraiture, as well as the challenges and opportunities for art historians working with historians of dress and fashion.
- October 20 – Great Art on Screen – Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure takes an in-depth look at the major exhibition at the National Gallery in London. Johannes Vermeer, painter of Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted little more than thirty works that still exist, many of which are tied to music, one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting. The cinema event provides a comprehensive biography of Vermeer and shows in detail many of the artist’s great works. Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will introduce the film and host a question-and-answer session following the screening. Tickets are $12 ($10 members and students). Click here to purchase tickets.
- October 22 – “Over the Top: Some Dynamics of the Visual and Verbal Sublime (and Writing about It)” by Ian Balfour; 5:30 pm
Ian Balfour, a professor of English and of Social and Political Thought at York University, is co-curating an exhibition at Tate Britain on the work of William Hazlitt and finishing a book on the sublime. His talk scrutinizes the theory and practice of the sublime in the long eighteenth century and, to a lesser extent, in the post-WWW period, attending to some of wildly divergent claims for the visual and the verbal sublime.
William Kentridge’s inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Approximate running time: 135 minutes. Purchase tickets here.
- October 27 – Building’s In The Air Family Day; 12:00 pm
Come to the Clark this fall for our free Family Day and you’ll see building, building everywhere as we finish up our expansion project. Join in the excitement and build something yourself in our family-friendly extravaganza! Draw inspiration from the Clark buildings to spark your creativity, then use cardboard, masking tape, and more to create larger-than-life buildings and smaller cardboard gifts.
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