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Clark Art Celebrates Juneteenth
08:02AM / Friday, June 14, 2024
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Wednesday, June 19, the Clark Art Institute celebrates Juneteenth with art-making and music.
From 1 to 3 pm, drop in for a free art-making event inspired by contemporary artist David-Jeremiah's exhibition "I Drive Thee."
According to a press release:
In these works, the artist reflects on his experience of Black masculinity in America through large-format, semi-abstract sculptural reliefs and explores the symbolism of the Lamborghini sports car and the Spanish bullfight in contemplating questions of race—the first as a symbol of prestige and performance, the second as a spectacle of power and persecution. Make an artwork inspired by David-Jeremiah's circular reliefs, or tondos, using collage-making techniques, and consider the symbols, colors, shapes, and materials to make an artwork that expresses personal beliefs and feelings. All ages and abilities welcome.
At 6 pm, Yale professor Kaiama L. Glover presents a lecture titled "Minette and Eighteenth-Century French Caribbean Music," in which she discusses the theatrical life of the eighteenth-century French Caribbean, focusing on artists of African descent, including the noted violinist Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-George, and the celebrated soprano Minette. 
Glover's talk is illustrated by short musical performances by the American-Brazilian soprano Ariana Wehr, singing excerpts from works Minette would have performed accompanied by the harpsichord.
Both events are free. Accessible seats available for lecture.
Family programs are supported by Allen & Company.
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