Clark Art Institute to Debut Film and Art Series in the Fall
WILLIAMSTOWN – A new Film and Art series debuts at the Clark Art Institute this autumn with five distinct screenings. The Clark shows O Horizon on September 29th at 7:30 pm, Foragers on October 13th at 7:30 pm, Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons on October 27th at 6:00 pm, Mur Murs on November 10th at 7:30 pm, and F for Fake on November 17th at 7:30 pm. All screenings are free and open to the public and take place in the Clark’s auditorium.
September 29th, 7:30 pm
O Horizon (2018) is an experimental documentary that explores the environmental teachings of prolific Bengali writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Tagore was also a social reformer who cared deeply for the land. The film title references the surface layer of soil, changed in the area around Santiniketan, in West Bengal, India, as a result of Tagore’s introduction of new flora there. O Horizon was commissioned by research project bauhaus imaginista and produced by artist-led collective The Otolith Group, an organization that creates research-based films, installations, and performances. O Horizon is part of The Otolith Group’s larger engagement with the environment and serves as a powerful meditation on Indian modernism. Alena Williams, assistant professor of Art at Williams College, introduces O Horizon prior to its showing.
Run time: 90 minutes
October 13th, 7:30 pm
In Foragers (2022), Berlin-based Palestinian sculptor and filmmaker Jumana Manna blends documentary and fiction, profiling the age-old Palestinian practice of gathering wild edibles such as za’atar and the delicacy ’akkoub, which is outlawed by Israeli nature conservation laws. The film presents a meditative portrait of the resistance, joy, and deep ecological knowledge held by today’s foragers. Manna’s approach mirrors the gentleness of her subjects and the work of other documentarians like Agnès Varda (see related November 10 event). A post-film discussion with Williams College Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature Professor Amal Eqeiq and master’s students Max Gruber (’22) and Meghan Clare Considine (’22) follows. Commissioned in part by the Pacific Film Archive.
Run time: 65 minutes
Zurbarán and His Twelve Sons
October 27th, 6:00 pm
This documentary (2020) explores the meaning of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, a series of thirteen canvases painted by Francisco de Zurbarán in Seville around 1640. Learn how the canvases disappeared for a century until they were acquired at auction in the 1720s by the London merchant James Mendez. In 1756, a significant gesture in support of English Jews was made by Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham, who obtained the paintings and hung them in his dining room at Auckland Castle in England, where they remain. Screenwriter John Healey introduces the documentary.
Run time: 72 minutes
November 10th, 7:30 pm
After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, filmmaker Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Bursting with color and vitality, Mur Murs (1981) is as much an invigorating study of community and diversity as it is an essential catalog of unusual public art.
Run time: 82 minutes
F for Fake
November 17th, 7:30 pm
In F for Fake (1975), a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself. F for Fake is an inspired prank and a clever examination of the place of duplicity in cinema and art.
Run time: 88 minutes
All Film and Art screenings are free; no registration is required. For more information, visit here.