at The Clark Art Institute


Yasmina Reza’s Art is a captivating exploration of friendship, aesthetics, and the subjective nature of art. The play revolves around three friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan, whose relationship is tested when Serge purchases an expensive, controversial modern painting. As they debate the artistic value of the piece, their differing perspectives lead to a profound examination of personal taste, the nature of art criticism, and the intricacies of human connection. Reza’s razor-sharp dialogue and keen examination of class and culture make Art a thought-provoking and entertaining theatrical experience that delves into the complex dynamics of friendship and the power of art to provoke and challenge.

Staging this production of Art in the galleries of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA presents an opportunity to intertwine the world of theater with the visual arts, mirroring the play itself. Much like the characters in Art — who question the importance and value of art and the true intentions of the audience, post-pandemic audiences, particularly those living in an arts-economy plagued by class disparity, grapple with similar concerns on a daily basis. The connection between art, the play, and the museum goes beyond the obvious themes and ties into the rich history of the Clark family — particularly Francine Clark, who was not only a prominent art collector but also a professional actor with the acclaimed Comédie Française.

The setting of the galleries, populated with renowned artworks, offers a visually stimulating backdrop for the play’s exploration of art and friendship. This unique environment allows for an immersive experience, where the audience can engage with the play’s themes while surrounded by masterpieces, fostering a deeper appreciation for both theater and visual art. This site-specific production would pay homage to Francine Clark’s passion for both visual and performing arts, creating a truly memorable and multi-dimensional theatrical experience for all those in attendance.

The utilization of the Tadeo Ando designed extension to the Clark Art Institute, with its captivating blend of modern architecture amid classical surroundings and its picturesque reflecting pool, makes an ideal space not only for performance but for pre-show gathering, intermission, and post-show discussion and talkbacks. The museum’s sleek and minimalist design, characterized by clean lines, offers a striking contrast to the traditional charm of the old building and the surrounding grounds. The juxtaposition of contemporary architecture against the backdrop of nature and the original building with its incredible history creates a unique synergy, reminding us of the dynamic relationship between past and present, tradition and innovation. It fosters an atmosphere where contradictions can co-exist harmoniously and artistic expression thrives, showcasing the rich tapestry of human creativity across time.

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About Margo Neely


Margo Neely is a polymath whose interdisciplinary work has been celebrated for its innovation and bold creative vision. With a background in art, philosophy, and technology, she is best known and as the multi-hyphenate creator of the award winning television series Ladies Revenge Club (“Best of the Fest” and “Best Short” winner at New York Comic Con/New York Super Week), the creator of the “Rosie Unriveted: We Can’t Do It Anymore!” campaign, and the visionary behind the Neely Air mi adidas custom concept — the megaviral drum machine shoe seen and loved by over 6 billion people worldwide.

Margo’s creative-technological innovations have earned her a reputation as a pioneer in the world of digital art, and she is frequently invited by media outlets around the globe to share her insights and expertise. Her work continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of art and technology, and she remains committed to using her talents to explore new frontiers while inspiring others to do the same.

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