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Wesleyan University Professor Gives Next Clark Fellow Lecture November 1

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2005

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continues its series of free lectures by Clark Fellows this fall. On Tuesday, November 1, Jennifer Tucker will discuss “Nature Exposed: The Politics of Scientific Knowledge in Victorian Photography.” The public is welcome to attend Clark Lectures, in which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The series is offered on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Clark cafe. Lectures are followed by questions, and accompanied by refreshments.

Tucker, associate professor of history at Wesleyan University, is a cultural historian who specializes in the history of science, especially in the 19th century. She is the author of Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science (2005), and of numerous articles on scientific photography and on problems in the history of science. At the Clark, she will begin her next book, Darwinism by Design: The Struggle for a Visual Language of Evolution, in which she examines how visual media were and are deployed in debates over evolution and creationism.

John Tagg, of Binghamton University, will give the next Clark Fellow lecture, “Mindless Photography” on November 15.

The Clark announced 14 Clark Fellows for the 2005-2006 academic year. 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. Fellows present public lectures about recent research during their residency.

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

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