The Clark library’s rich and varied special collections contain a wealth of material that has been included in exhibitions both at the Clark and elsewhere. The present digital collection highlights items that were displayed in the Clark library, primarily from 2007 to 2009. These focused exhibitions covered a wide range of topics, such as early Pop art in Just What Was It That Made Yesterday’s Art So Different, So Appealing? Documents of the Early Pop Movement, 1955-1964; a look at Japanese kimono and textile design in Summer kimono / the color of blue sky... / morning pilgrimage; or photography books and the Western landscape in A Photographic Look at the New American West.
Also included here are a number of photographic plates from William Bradford’s monumental The Arctic Regions, Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland, published in 1873. The volume was temporarily disassembled for inclusion in the 2002 Clark exhibition, Arctic Diary: Paintings and Photographs by William Bradford, which afforded a rare opportunity to study both Bradford’s source material and the paintings they inspired.