Divas, Drawings, Dancers and Detectives!

OPEN HOURS: WORKS ON PAPER

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 11 AM–1 PM
During special weekend open hours, explore the Clark’s permanent collection of prints, drawings, and photographs housed in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper. A display of art thematically related to the broadcast of The Met: Live in HD’s Agrippina will be on view. Before the show, enjoy a close look at views of Rome and works inspired by classical antiquity with Clark staff members. Free.


MET LIVE IN HD: AGRIPPINA

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 12:55 PM
“Bold, snicker-out-loud funny, magnetic and unsettling through its power-struggle convolutions, this production musically and dramatically fills the company’s looming proscenium.” The New York Times 

As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.

Click here to purchase tickets, or call the box office at 413 458 0524.

FIRST SUNDAYS FREE: IMPROV

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1–4 PM
Say “yes, and . . .” to a free Sunday devoted to the art of improvisation! Star in guided theater games inspired by the Clark’s collections, create a unique marbled keepsake, and try your hand at art making with unusual materials. From 11 am to 3 pm, visit the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper for a pop-up display depicting theatrical and dance performances. Don’t miss a special dance performance by Jody Sperling at 1 pm as she explores the legendary choreography of famed dancer Loïe Fuller. All activities and admission to the galleries are free.

This program is generously supported by the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.

THE ELUSIVE LINE BETWEEN ORNAMENT AND MEANING IN THE ORNAMENTAL CARPET PAGES OF IBERIAN HEBREW BIBLES

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 5:30 PM
Center for Spain in America Fellow Julie A. Harris presents the free lecture “The Elusive Line between Ornament and Meaning in the Ornamental Carpet Pages of Iberian Hebrew Bibles (c. 1260–1320).” Julie A. Harris, a specialist in the art of medieval Spain, is affiliated with the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.

ART & POLITICS FILM SERIES: VERTIGO

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 6 PM
A tale of suspense and terror weaves around a mysterious woman and retired police detective who suffers from an extreme fear of heights and dizzying sense of instability, or vertigo. 
A now-iconic film, Vertigo has long inspired discussion among critics about topics such as the male gaze, Jungian psychosis, and intertextual analysis between film and photography.

The film begins with a brief introduction and is followed by light refreshments and conversation in the Manton Reading Room. Free.