Fall 2009 Academic Events at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2009

Since its inception in 2000, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’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 to pursue their research while in residence at the Clark, to prominent participants in pioneering international research collaborations. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public.

Academic events scheduled for fall 2009 include:

Lecture by Clark Fellow Hollis Clayson: “American Artists in Belle Époque Paris: Reflections on Community”
September 22, 5:30 pm
Hollis Clayson is a professor of art history and the Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University. Clayson’s publications include Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era; a co-edited thematic study, Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained; and Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870–71). At the Clark she heads back out into the street to work on Electric Paris: The City of Light in the Visual Cultures of the Transatlantic (1870–1914).

The Clark and the Council on Library and Information Resources: Art History’s Futures
September 26, 5:30 pm
Over a two-day period at the Clark, scholars will discuss the current state of the field of art history and the possibilities for its future. During the public conversation, the group will discuss their deliberations and take questions from the audience. The conversation is chaired by Chuck Henry, director of the Council on Library and Information Resources, and Michael Ann Holly, Starr Director of the Research and Academic Programs at the Clark. Speakers include Frederick Asher, Melissa Chiu, David Peters Corbett, Whitney Davis, and Robert Nelson.

Lecture by Clark Fellow Martin Berger: “In Black and White: Civil Rights Photography and the Politics of Race”
October 6, 5:30 pm
Martin Berger a professor in the history of art and visual culture departments at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His publications include Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood and Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture, the latter of which won the John C. Cawelti Award from the American Culture Association. He has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Stanford Humanities Center. At the Clark he will complete his new book on the photography of the black civil rights struggle.

Clark/Getty Workshop: Contemporaneity
October 10, 5:30 pm
Over two days, a distinguished panel of scholars convened by Terry Smith, of the University of Pittsburgh, discussed the concept of “The Contemporary.” How do we make historical sense of contemporary art? How do we examine art of distant historical periods with a sense of its own resonance as contemporary art for its time? This public conversation will give the speakers, including Peter Gallison, Caroline Jones, Okwui Enwezor, Wu Hung, and Anne Wagner, the chance to reflect on their deliberations and answer questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.

Lecture by Clark Fellow Thierry de Duve: “This is Art: Anatomy of a Sentence”
October 20, 5:30 pm
Thierry de Duve is a professor at Université Lille 3, département des arts plastiques in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France. Committed to a reinterpretation of modernism, his work has long revolved around Marcel Duchamp’s readymade and its implications for aesthetics. His publications include Pictorial Nominalism: On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade, with D. Polan; Clement Greenberg between the Lines, translated by Brian Holmes; and Kant After Duchamp. At the Clark he will continue working on a book that details the history of the sentence, “This is art,” and explains how it became the canonical formula of the liminal aesthetic judgment in modernism. The publication will argue theoretically for the continued validity of Kantian aesthetics and draw the outlines of a theory of art adapted to our time.

“Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?” Symposium
October 30 and 31
This two-day Clark symposium has a double mission: to put excellent new work on view from across the generations of a famously active field—the study of art in the French avant-garde—and to consider the fortunes of that field today. The symposium is convened by Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, and André Dombrowski, assistant professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Discussions begin on Friday at 9:45 am and resume on Saturday at 8:45 am. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, and free for Williams students and faculty. Purchase tickets online at clarkart.edu (Williams students and faculty are asked to register online).

Lecture by Clark Fellow Branko Mitrovic: “Individualism-Collectivism in Weimar Era Scholarship”
November 3, 5:30 pm
Branko Mitrovic is the author (or co-author/co-editor) of four books on Renaissance architecture, including Andrea Palladio: Villa Cornaro in Piombino Desse, Serene Greed of the Eye: Leon Battista Alberti and the Philosophical Foundations of Renaissance Architectural Theory, Learning from Palladio, and Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture. While at the Clark he will pursue his project examining the methodological assumptions of Weimar-era Renaissance scholarship as conceived within the cultural boundaries and frameworks of the time.

The Charles “Teenie” Harris Retrospective at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
November 14, 5:30 pm
In the second of the Curator Roundtables, a group of curators, archivists, educators, and scholars, convened by Louise Lippincott (chief curator and manager for the project, Carnegie Museum of Art) and Natasha Becker (Mellon Assistant Director, Research and Academic Program at the Clark) will focus on the 2010 Charles “Teenie” Harris retrospective at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Harris’s 40-year career with the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the largest and most influential black newspapers in the country, began at the end of the Depression and ended with the civil rights movement. His archive represents the largest single collection of photographic images of any black community in the world. The public conversation will be a forum for participants to share with the public the ideas raised in the roundtable as well as to engage in further questions and discussions.

Lecture by Clark Fellow Hagi Kenaan: “The Attraction of French Philosophy to the Origins of Painting”
November 17, 5:30 pm
Hagi Kenaan is a senior lecturer in the department of philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Kenaan specializes in continental philosophy, phenomenology, and the philosophy of art. In addition to studies of Husserl, Heidgger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Derrida, he has authored The Present Personal: Philosophy and the Hidden Face of Language and Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics as an Optics. While at the Clark Kenaan will pursue his project concerning the place and the trajectory of painting within contemporary French philosophy.

Public lecture that may be of interest to the academic community:

Killing Memory: Cultural Heritage under Fire in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s
October 15, 7 pm
The Balkan wars at the end of the twentieth century caused the deaths of 150,000 people and the forced dislocation of millions more, targeted for persecution because of their cultural and religious identity. The violence against human beings was accompanied by systematic attacks on their heritage—hundreds of historic mosques, churches and other architectural monuments destroyed, libraries and archives burned. András Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard's Fine Arts Library, has spent the past fifteen years documenting attacks on cultural heritage in the wars in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. He will speak about his work in the Balkans and about the growing recognition of the links between the protection of cultural heritage and human rights.

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 clarkart.edu.


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