Thursday July 4, 2013

The Clark is undergoing major change: the institution is in the process of building a visitor, exhibition, and conference center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. The legendary collection of impressionist paintings is on a world tour from 2010 until this fall.

While the tour is turning eyes all around the art world toward the Clark, it means, of course, that the paintings that Clark lovers have come to associate with the institute are away.

And so the Clark relies on events outside of its traditional draw to bring the crowds.

"People know the Clark has evolved into a really important institution in the art world," Ostheimer said. "The Clark doesn’t do things halfway."

The Tuesday concerts have become a cherished part of the Clark’s summer program, which also includes workshops, lectures and a film series.

Later in the month, Incendio, a Latin guitar world fusion group, and Jammin’ Divas, a traditional and contemporary folk music group will perform.

From 5-6 on Tuesday nights, the galleries are free; Loomis said she hopes this encourages new audiences to view the Clark’s available collection.

"We try to do a variety of programming to appeal to a wide variety of audiences," Loomis said.

It seems to be effective; Ostheimer said she hopes the community events help locals feel a sense of ownership toward the institution.