Online Lecture on Ground/Work at the Clark Art Institute

  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Online


Registration is closed

The OLLI Special Events Committee presents 

an Online Lecture on


the Clark Art Institute's First Outdoor Art Exhibition

Wednesday, December 9th, 2pm EST

The talk will be held online via Zoom (link to be sent to registrants)
$5 for OLLI at BCC members; $7 for non-members

Click here to register

Join Laura Dankner, Clark docent and OLLI member, for an online talk on the Clark Art Institute’s first outdoor exhibition, Ground/Work.

A reverence for nature and a desire to further enliven the surrounding trails, pastures, and woods inspired Ground/Work. Building on a history of collaboration with contemporary artists, the Clark commissioned Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang to create new works of art in active dialogue with this specific environment.

The artists conceived their works to sites of their choosing, knowing visitors would have access day and night for more than a year.  In various locations across the Clark’s 140-acre campus, the installations are embedded in an everchanging landscape—both daily and seasonally. Ground/Work highlights the balance between fragility and resilience that both nature and the passage of time reveal, while offering fresh experiences with every visit.

Developed over several years, this exhibition comes at a moment of dislocation, isolation, and uncertainty. Familiar experiences of being outdoors and encountering works of art takes on new meaning in our unexpectedly changed world, offering the comforts of nature and culture, community and solitude, engagement and reflection.

Ground/Work is free and open to the public now and through October 17, 2021 on the beautiful grounds of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. To see the entire exhibit plan to spend about 2 hours walking on moderate trails. Please dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. No reservations are needed. For more information on visiting the exhibit, click here.

Laura Dankner is a native New Yorker.  She graduated from Ithaca College and has an M.A. in voice from Brooklyn College and a Master of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. A former singer, Laura is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, New Orleans and a former President of the Music Library Association. She has authored many articles and currently reviews music book proposals for the publisher Rowman and Littlefield.  She and her husband Stephen Dankner (a composer who has taught for OLLI) live in Williamstown.

Click here to register for the online talk, or call the OLLI Offices at 413-236-2190


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