Among the events to celebrate this July 4th is the re-opening of the famous Berkshires art museum, The Clark Art Institute. Founded by Sterling and Francine Clark, The Clark opened in 1955 and has been known ever since for its outstanding collection of American and European paintings and sculpture. Among our favorites are the Impressionist paintings, and also Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer” statue. This world class art museum also has collections of master prints and drawings. It’s located in Williamstown, MA on a large campus, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
July 4th Activities
On this special day, The Clark welcomes visitors to picnic on the front lawn until the opening ceremony at 1:00, after which the doors will open. Galleries will stay open until 7:00 PM, and at 7:30 The Eagles Band will perform, followed by fireworks.
What’s New at the Art Museum
The new Visitor Center will have two floors of galleries, plus a new admissions desk, cafe, and shop. It will be connected by walkways to the original building, which is being enlarged and renovated. Outdoors, visitors will relax by a reflecting pool and dramatic new landscape design.
What’s On Exhibit
The art museum’s permanent collection will be on view again. During the renovations, many of the French paintings have been on an international tour, where they were seen by more than 2 1/2 million people in 11 cities.
This summer there will also be three special exhibitions. One is Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum. It’s a collection of bronze vessesl and bells dating from 1800 BCE – 8 CE.
Also showing will be Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith, as well as Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art 1950-1975. It will show works by Jackson Pollock Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, and other familiar abstract painters.
Guests of Brook Farm Inn can see the art museum for free by taking advantage of our midweek special. We’ll provide two tickets with any two-night room reservation in July and August on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday inclusive.