Face Time: Portraits And Figures at the Clark Museum

The Berkshire Museum is not the only museum currently sharing the riches of its permanent collection here in the Berkshires. The Clark has a current exhibit that can engage you at the museum – or right at home. The Clark Museum has culled gems from its collection of portraits, figure drawings, and figure sculpture, to create a current exhibition they are calling “Face Time: Portraits And Figures In Paintings And Sculpture.

The works span from the years 1500 to 1900 and the exhibit features “fine works by Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and Auguste Rodin”. 1999_21

A highly amusing feature of this exhibit is the accompanying response tool for visitors called “SIX”. SIX gives you six of the portraits of the collection on a touch screen at the museum – where you can enter your own interpretations of the artworks. The challenge presented is that you are limited to only six words for each interpretation. A poetic twist! Another twist? You can view the six at home, on your computer screen and submit your interpretations online, thus taking “The SIX Challenge” (http://www.clarkart.edu/sixhome/). You can also read other peoples’ interpretations (there’s some extremely clever ones in there) and use the “Grab A Word” feature to inspire you.

The Clark Museum was begun in the 1950s, from what began as the personal art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark – lifelong art collectors. Although it began as a personal collection, they had a strong desire to make the collection a public one – so an interactive exhibit like this seems highly fitting.

The exhibit runs from now until January 31, 2014. Visitor information such as hours and admission, can be gleaned from the Clark’s website.

This dapper photo is one of the “Six” featured on the Clark’s website, for your interpretation enjoyment…