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Exhibition Amplified: Helen Frankenthaler

Saturday, August 19, 2017 | The Clark Art Institute
3:15 pm Musical Prelude | Thomas Schütte: Crystal
4:00 pm Concert | Spencer Terrace at Lunder Center
resented by Clark Art Institute
225 South Street | Williamstown, MA
Free with museum admission | More information

In celebration of the Clark’s two Helen Frankenthaler exhibitions, this program offers a snapshot of the experimental music scene in New York from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. In each of these three pieces lies a revolutionary directness and a baring of the creative impulse — a similar approach taken by contemporary artist Helen Frankenthaler. 

Listen to the unsparing political engagement in Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, the brutal and beautiful minimalist rejection of classical music's formal history in Philip Glass’s early work Music in Similar Motion, and Pauline Oliveros’s embrace of the improvisatory humanity of both performer and the audience.

Preceding the concert, musicians lead the audience in Oliveros’s Heart Chant and Meredith Monk's Panda Chant II at Thomas Schütte's hilltop sculpture Crystal. Participants then walk the trail to the Lunder Center at Stone Hill for the main concert.


Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016): Heart Chant (2001)
Meredith Monk (b. 1942): Panda Chant II (1984)
Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016): Sound Patterns (1967)
Philip Glass (b. 1937): Music in Similar Motion (1973)
Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938): Coming Together (1972)

Earlier Event: August 13
The Two Halves on Governors Island