Clark Fellows Lectures Scheduled for November and December

For Immediate Release

October 27, 2008

National and international scholars, art critics, and museum professionals selected as Clark Fellows present thought-provoking and intriguing lectures at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute during the academic year. These free scholarly lectures are open to the public and held on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Refreshments are served.

Fellows Lectures scheduled during November and December are:

Clark Fellow Branden Joseph, associate professor in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, will present “The ‘Roh’ and the Cooked: Film, Actionism, Paracinema” on November 11. Joseph is the author of Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde, editor of the volume Robert Rauschenberg, and author of Anthony McCall: The Solid Light Films and Related Works. He is editor of the influential journal Grey Room and his writings have appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, Art Journal, October, Critical Inquiry, Texte zur Kunst, and Les Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne. His Clark project is to begin a five-chapter book critically investigating the notion of performance, with chapters on Carolee Schneemann, Lee Lozano, Vito Acconci, David Hammons, and Mike Kelley.

On November 18, Clark Fellow Felicity Scott, assistant professor of architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, will present “Territorial Insecurity.” A historian and theorist of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, her book, Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism was published in 2007. She is founding co-editor of Grey Room and the author of numerous articles in ArtForum, Grey Room, Praxis, and October. Her Clark project is entitled “Cartographies of Drift: Bernard Rudofsky’s Encounter with Modernity,” which addresses the impact upon modern architecture of geopolitical transformations and the increasingly global reach of modernizing forces between the 1930s and 1960s.

Clark/Centre Allemand Fellow Margaret Werth, associate professor of art history at the University of Delaware, will present “Manifestations of the Face” on December 2. Her primary area of interest is art and visual culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the author of The Joy of Life: The Idyllic in French Art, circa 1900 and of essays in books and catalogues on Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, among others. Her Clark project is to write a new book focused on representations of the human face in painting, printmaking, photography, and film between 1880 and 1930. As the Clark Centre Allemand Fellow for 2008–9, she will be in residence at the Clark in the fall of 2008 and then in Paris at the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in the spring of 2009.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has announced 17 Clark Fellows for the 2008-2009 academic year. Clark fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals whose work extends and enhances the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. The program encourages a critical commitment to research in the theory, history, and interpretation of works from all periods and genres. 

Since its inception in 2000, the Clark’s Research and Academic Program has earned an international reputation as a foremost center for advancing the study of visual arts and for educating the next generation of art historians, professors, and museum directors and curators. The program engages the world’s most creative and innovative visual arts scholars, from Clark Fellows who travel to Williamstown from throughout the world to pursue their research while in residence at the Clark, to prominent participants in pioneering international research collaborations, this year underway with institutions based in Paris and Johannesburg.

The Clark is one of the country’s foremost art museums, as well as a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism with an international fellowship program; regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia; and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation’s leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of art museum directors, curators, and scholars.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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