The Clark Presents a Gallery Talk about the Exhibition Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth

For Immediate Release

July 06, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Wednesday, July 13 at 12:30 pm. The talk is free with admission.

In this special lecture, Professor Kelsey will explore the ways in which Höfer and Struth revisit the fundamental question that Immanuel Kant famously asked and answered more than two centuries ago: what is enlightenment? The eighteenth century ushered in new institutions of culture and knowledge, including the modern art museum and the modern library. The contemporary color photographs of Höfer and Struth, in very different ways, acknowledge that these institutions have been fundamentally reframed in recent decades.

Robin Kelsey is Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in art history from Harvard and a JD from Yale Law School and has practiced law in California. A specialist in the histories of photography and American art, Professor Kelsey was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize in 2004 for his essay “Viewing the Archive: Timothy O’Sullivan’s Photographs for the Wheeler Survey, 1871-1874.” His book, Archive Style: Photographs and Illustrations for U.S. Surveys, 1850-1890, was published in 2007 by the University of California Press, and his book on photography and chance is scheduled to appear in 2012. With Blake Stimson, he co-edited The Meaning of Photography, an anthology published by the Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press in 2008. He has held a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Clark Art Institute Fellowship. In 2010–2011, he was Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College and, for five weeks, a visiting professor at the École normale supérieure, Paris, under the auspices of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The large-scale photographs featured in the installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth offer distinct but connected perspectives on the ways individuals interact with the spaces they inhabit. Both Höfer and Struth engage with history and the passage of time. Höfer’s photographs of libraries, auditoriums, and research centers are uninhabited by people but filled with light and the mystery of visual and intellectual contemplation. Struth’s works capture church and museum visitors engaged in the act of looking, as we, the viewers of the photographs, observe them from a physical and temporal distance. Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth is on view at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, through September 5.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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July 13: Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Wednesday, July 13 at 12:30 pm. The talk is free with admission. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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