Free Event Offers Art Tours
(TYLER, TX) July 18, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art invites people ages 65 and up to enjoy free, guided art tours on Monday, July 25 during Seniors’ Day. Museum education staff will lead visitors through an exhibition of vintage movie posters and historic memorabilia titled Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark. Tours begin at 10:45 and 11:45 a.m., and participants may reserve their spaces by calling the Museum at 903-595-1001.
“Seniors’ Day is a bimonthly event here at the Museum, and this month’s tours are likely to be especially appealing to visitors age 65 and up, because the subject matter resonates very personally with this age group,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “Remember When features characters, movie stars and famous figures from the 1940s and 50s, characters who shaped pop culture and defined history during this era.” The exhibition contains over 500 items selected from the personal collection of Dr. James Clark and includes vintage movie posters, historic collectibles, original signatures and more items that together represent over 30 years of collecting.
The exhibition will be on view at the Tyler Museum of through August 14, 2011 and is the sixth exhibition in the “Tyler Collects” series, organized by the Museum to showcase private collections belonging to residents of Tyler. “Most of the items included in this colossal exhibition are extremely rare examples,” said Tomio. “Dr. Clark has spent decades searching for each piece, working with other collectors and through special auctions to refine his collection. Remember When is a unique and impressive presentation of materials which the public would normally not be able to enjoy at one time.”
Dr. Clark says that his fascination with movie posters stems from his high school job, when he worked for Interstate Theatres in Paris, Texas. His primary duties included changing out the movie posters and the theatre’s marquee. Over his thirty years of collecting, Dr. Clark has expanded his focus to include various items from the 1940s and 50s that recall prominent moments in American history as well as personal childhood memories. Seniors’ Day visitors will see a collection of rings that children could redeem by sending in cereal box tops, watches bearing favorite characters like Gene Autry and Dick Tracy, and baseball cards featuring some of the game’s greatest players including Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
In addition to movie memorabilia, Dr. Clark collects many different types of war objects. This is due in large part to the Clark family tradition of military service. Dr. Clark’s grandfather served in World War I, his father in World War II, and Dr. Clark himself served as a physician in the Army Medical Corps from 1966 to 1969. Many of the most important historical items contained within his collection are on view as part of this exhibition.
On Seniors’ Days, the Museum is open to visitors ages 65 and up from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments are offered in the Museum lobby. This month, Seniors’ Day visitors will also be able to see two new exhibitions of works by contemporary, Texas artists. Containment of Thought: Recent Works by Carol Benson feature works on paper and in sculpture by Fort Worth contemporary artist, Carol Benson. A Little or a Lot: Recent Works by Derrick White includes works on paper by artist and Tyler Junior College art instructor, Derrick White.