WILLIAMSTOWN -- Samantha Jones, a sophomore at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, becomes the third uCurate guest curator with her exhibition "Everyday Nothing" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Jones, who majors in illustration and art education, submitted her exhibition as part of a "Race to the Remix" curatorial challenge the Clark sponsored in January. The 72-hour competition challenged entrants to create an exhibition using the Clark’s interactive uCurate application, available in its galleries or online at clarkart.edu/remix. The uCurate application is connected to Clark Remix, an installation of some 400 works from the institute’s permanent collection, and allows users to design their own installation for a Clark gallery using works featured in the Remix exhibition.
The Race to the Remix competition required participants to create an exhibition of exactly 10 works of art from those featured in the Clark Remix exhibition, including Louis Léopold Boilly’s "Various Objects," and to incorporate the theme of poetic license in their curatorial statement. Race to the Remix drew more than 100 registrations and resulted in a wide range of exhibition concepts.
Jones was one of several NHIA students who participated in the competition as part of a class assignment.
"We see objects like these every day of our lives, but never really step back and look further into them," she said. "There is a story behind everything, and when I look at the artwork I chose, I can feel a deeper message behind each subject."
Among the works included in Jones’s exhibition are Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s "Tama, the Japanese Dog," John Singer Sargent’s "Neapolitan Children Bathing," and an 18th-century gilded silver cream jug in the shape of a cow from the Clark’s silver collection.
"Our goal in creating the uCurate exhibition series was to bring different curatorial voices to the Clark to experiment with our collection in different, and sometimes unorthodox, ways," Richard Rand, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator, said. "It’s been fun and refreshing to see the creativity that our public curators have brought to their exhibition efforts. We hope this project will inspire Samantha as she moves into a career in arts education."
Jones, a native of North Attleborough, made her first visit to the Clark earlier this spring to meet with the curatorial team to discuss plans for the installation of her exhibition.
She finalized selections of wall colors, arrangement, and exhibition information with the team. Jones’s exhibition concludes the series of three guest-curated exhibitions at the Clark, which began in November 2012 with 11-year-old Giselle Ciulla’s "Giselle’s Remix," followed by Ashley Smith’s "In/Visible: Women of Two Worlds." "Everyday Nothing" will be on view through April 28.
‘Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris’
Art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, will present the free lecture "Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Clark’s "Electric Paris" exhibition, on view through April 21.
The emergence of moving pictures, pioneered by Thomas Edison in the late nineteenth century, changed the way artists represented the world around them. In this lecture, Mathews explores early film technology and its impact on artists working in Paris.
Mathews is the author of "Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910," as well as "Mary Cassatt: A Life" and "Paul Gauguin: An Erotic Life."
Electric Paris is the first exhibition to explore the ways in which artists depicted both older gas lighting and the newer electric illumination that began to supplant it around the turn of the 20th century.
Portraiture in American art
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents "This Is a Portrait If I Say So," a public conversation that concludes a curatorial roundtable, on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Clark Café and is open to the public.
As part of its Research and Academic Program, the Clark holds curatorial roundtables with the objective of bringing together curators and their collaborators who are in the early stages of developing an innovative and ambitious exhibition project. Roundtables are supported by the Clark’s grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
takes summer hiatus
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s library will temporarily suspend operations from June 1 through Sept. 3 to accommodate installation of a new fire protection system throughout the library. The summer hiatus has been scheduled to take place during a time when demand for library services is typically lowest and to ensure that the library is fully operational prior to the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
Patrons will be able to access some of the library’s resources online through its digital collections (clarkart.edu/library), but access to books and other materials will be unavailable for this period. The Clark’s library staff will remain accessible via telephone and e-mail to provide assistance and information.
The Clark is located at 225 South St. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free
For more information: clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303.