Family Fun: Free day at Clark Art Institute

  • A couple of museum-goers take a break to glance upon a painting by J.M.W. Turner at the Clark. See his works and many more during this weekend’s free day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/TUCKER BAIR

For The Recorder
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Need an excuse to check out one of New England’s best art museums? Well, here’s your chance. This Sunday, Feb. 4, enjoy free entry to the Clark Art Institute and celebrate the opening of its special exhibition, “Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection.”

This opportunity comes as part of the Clark’s “First Sundays Free” program, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month through May, where admission to the galleries is free all day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m).

This Sunday, from 1 to 4, enjoy special drawing stations in the Clark Center’s lower lobby, where you can try your hand at creating artwork inspired by the exhibition. Also starting at 1, binge on art with a series of 20-minute gallery talks by graduate students in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Each talk focuses on one work or section in the show. Speakers and topics include:

Kathryn Griffith: Sixteenth-century Italian drawings

Elissa Watters: Seventeenth-century Dutch drawings

Laura Varela: Francisco Goya

Michael Hartman: François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Nora Rosengarten: Honoré Daumier

Jessica Rosenthal: Odilon Redon

Kristie Couser (curatorial assistant): Paul Cézanne

Jacob Gagne: Paul Klee

“Drawn to Greatness” highlights 150 drawings from the Eugene V. Thaw Collection. Assembled over the last 50-years, it is one of the world’s finest private collections of drawings. Artists represented in the exhibition include Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Joseph Mallord William Turner, William Blake, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne, among others, covering a time span of five centuries.

This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

Visit the Clark at 225 South St. in Williamstown. For more information about free days or the musuem in general, visit: clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.