Art: Clark's Tour

Not many Americans have seen it yet, but those who have are enthusiastic about a film series called Civilisation, written and narrated by British Art Historian Kenneth Clark. The tiny 300-seat auditorium at Washington's National Gallery was jammed throughout the series' initial 13-week run. The White House ordered up a special showing in its elegant ground-floor theater on a twice-a-week schedule. In New York, the Metropolitan Museum and New York University showed it at Manhattan's Town Hall for invitation-only audiences and found they had to have six screenings per episode to accommodate the...