Clark Art Institute to Be Transformed
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will inaugurate new and expanded facilities on its 140-acre campus on July 4, 2014. The project represents the most significant transformation of the Institute since its first building opened to the public in 1955.
The project unites a new Visitor Center with an expanded Museum Building and a renovated Manton Research Center, surrounded by a new one-acre reflecting pool. The expansion project will add more than 16,000 square feet of gallery space and will establish the Clark as a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency.
“The expansion project advances the Clark’s dual mission as both an art museum and a center for research and higher education,” said Director Michael Conforti. “What now looks simple, and so logical, has been achieved through a complex and environmentally sensitive design and construction program that unites many disparate parts.”
“The addition of special exhibition and education space and the renovation of our Museum Building enables us to present our collection and expand the provocative exhibitions for which the Clark is noted.” Conforti said. “The Manton Research Center provides greater public access. On the campus, work has brought renewed ecological health to the land, helping to improve our significant natural assets.”
The Clark will present four inaugural special exhibitions and the reinstallation of its extraordinary art collections, including the return of 73 works from the Clark’s collection of 19th-century French paintings after a three-year world tour, from the Museo del Prado in Madrid to its most recent presentation at the Shanghai Museum.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Mass. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.