WILLIAMSTOWN -- Saturday, May 18 is International Museum Day, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is celebrating by allowing the public special access for a bird’s-eye view of the construction activity underway on the campus.
Visitors will enjoy the view from the top floor of the Manton Research Center, where they will be able to see the progress being made on the Visitor, Exhibition and Conference Center (VECC), the Clark’s second building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.
Features of the VECC include 10,000-square feet of galleries available for special exhibitions, doubling the current space available; a multi-purpose conference and exhibition space; a family area; a café; and a new Museum Shop. The campus expansion program also incorporates the renovation of the existing museum building and Manton Research Center. A glass entry pavilion will link the Museum building to the new VECC and to outdoor terraces that will overlook a new water feature that is the highlight of the sweeping landscape design for the campus. Expected completion of the expansion project is July 2014.
International Museum Day was organized in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) as an effort to underscore the positive impact museums have on society and is sponsored in the U.S. by the Association of Art Museum Directors. Today, some 30,000 museums in 100 countries participate in the event. This year’s theme highlights the positive role museums play in their communities.
For more information: clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303.