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Van Gogh, Whistler shows set record at Clark Art Institute

September 23, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The Clark Art Institute has something to whistle about.

The prestigious Williamstown museum says it set all-time attendance records with a summer exhibition called “Van Gogh and Nature,” which overlapped with a showing of the iconic “Whistler’s Mother.”

Attendance during the 90-day run of the van Gogh show reached 170,000. The exhibition closed Sept. 13 but overlapped with the display of the painting by James McNeill Whistler, which remains on view at the Clark through Sunday.

The visitor numbers far surpassed “Impression: Painting Quickly in France,” an exhibition at the Clark that drew some 130,000 visitors in 2001.

The Clark estimates that visitors who came to see the van Gogh exhibition poured $14.8 million into the Berkshires economy.

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