Day Art Tour | The Clark Art Institute

September 18, 2019 all-day

Presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Click here for registration information.

Our friends at the Clark Art Institute roll out the red carpet for our all-day visit. Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark, will greet us upon arrival on the beautiful Fernandez Terrace with the reflecting pools and Stone Hill in the background.

Our morning begins with a guided tour of Renoir: The Body, the Senses—the first major exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s nudes commemorating the 100th anniversary of the legendary Impressionist’s death. Consisting of 70 works of art by Renoir alongside nudes by Rubens, Delacroix, Degas, Corot, Cezanne, Boucher, Picasso, and Bonnard, which offer historical context and contrast to Renoir’s work.

Before lunch, engage your musical side with a tour of Janet Cardiff’s sounds installation, The Forty Part Motet. This 14-minute loop deconstructs Thomas Tallis’ sixteenth century choral work “Spem in Allium.” Each of the 40 speakers in the exhibition represents a singer in the choir playing separately recorded parts. Moving around the room, you experience the musical piece from the perspective of the performers rather than the audience.

Lunch will be served in the beautiful Lunder Center, with magnificent views of the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains. The buffet features a build-your-own Cobb salad, farro salad, crispy eggplant, freshly baked artisan bread, with brownies and blondies for dessert.

After we relax and refuel, a tour of Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow—an exhibition showcasing the work of Georgia’s younger sister, tracking her career from its beginnings in the late 1920s though the 1940s—highlights paintings, prints and photographs, that have rarely appeared other than as context for works by her famed older sister.

The final tour of the day introduces Arts Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale 2007–2019. The renowned Biennale, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, offers an expansive, cross-continental survey of contemporary art and the social issues it engages. Since 2007, the Clark’s library has built an unparalleled collection of artist editions, books, posters, publicity materials and other objects produced for this extravaganza.

Following our tours, explore the Clark’s extensive collection galleries and Museum Store on your own before we depart.

$140; $130 members; includes transportation, admission, guided tours, lunch, and gratuities.
RSVP: 9/5/2019; call (860) 209-6238 to register for this trip prior to sending in your payment.

7:30am Departs New Britain
8am Departs Manchester
4pm Departs Massachusetts