Thursday, April 29, 2010

Explore Picasso's Lifelong Fascination with Degas, August 1st

Linda Gold and AAUW present a summer trip to Williamstown, MA
Picasso Looks at Degas at the Clark InstituteThe Cliffs at Etretat at the "Picasso Looks at Degas" Exhibit
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Picasso Looks at Degas
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
with an optional visit to Mass MoCA

Don’t miss this glorious trip to the Berkshires. We’ll visit the Clark Art Institute - one of the most beloved and respected museums in the world. Our timed tickets for the exhibit “Picasso Looks at Degas” will focus on two of the greatest artists of modern art, and explore Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. We will see, first hand, instances of Picasso’s direct response to Degas’s work.

The two artists shared a lifelong obsession with women, seen in images of singers, ballet dancers, laundresses and bathers. Although these are Degas’s signature themes, all are echoed in Picasso’s work.

While at the Clark, we’ll view its renowned collection of French Impressionist paintings by Monet, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro. The color and light-filled “Renoir Room” is extraordinary. The museum is also known for its 19th century American paintings (Homer, Sargent & Cassatt), as well as a gorgeous collection of English and American silver.

During the afternoon, we’ll provide bus transportation for those interested in an optional visit to MASS MoCA – only 5 miles away. This museum houses some of the liveliest, most evocative – and provocative – art of our time in a beautifully restored 19th century mill in the quaint town of North Adams.

If you have not yet visited this museum, you’re in for a treat! There are many exhibits on view, but the highlight is “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective.” It comprises 105 large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career. These occupy an adjoining restored mill with nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed per LeWitt’s own specifications before his death in April 2007. The installation took nearly 6 months to complete and was achieved by a team of sixty-five artists and students.

Lunch is on your own at either the Clark’s Courtyard Café or Mass MoCA’s Lickety Split.

The small print
The bus departs 8am from the front of the Monticello Government Center on North Street, and 9am from the back of the former Ames in the Kingston Plaza. We return to Kingston at approximately 6:30 pm and to Monticello at approximately 7:30pm.

The cost includes luxury coach, all gratuities, breakfast with champagne en route, tickets to the special exhibit, “Picasso Looks at Degas” at the Clark Art Institute, optional transportation to MASS MoCA, and lovely platters of cheeses and fresh fruit with a selection of wines on the return trip. All this for $99!

To sign up, make your check payable to AAUW (American Association of University Women) and mail it to: Linda Gold, 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561. For further information, call Linda at 845-255-5256 or email Specify “art tours” in the space for “subject”. Your early sign-up will insure a spot.

Note: For those people visiting MASS MoCA, there will be an entrance fee of $13.50.

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