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Fall Clark Fellow Lectures Conclude November 29 with University of Florida Professor Melissa Hyde

For Immediate Release

November 15, 2005

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute concludes its fall series of free lectures by Clark Fellows with Melissa Hyde discussing “Self-Portraits of Others in Eighteenth-Century French Painting” on Tuesday, November 29 at 5:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend Clark Lectures, in which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The lecture will be accompanied by refreshments.

Hyde is associate professor of art history at the University of Florida, where she teaches 18th- and 19th-century European art. She has published extensively on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France. Her most recent work is Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics (2006), a book that challenges perceived notions about Boucher and the "femininity" of the rococo style with which he is associated. At the Clark she is laying the groundwork for her next book, with two essays that examine how competing conceptions of gender inflect the painterly identities and practices of several 18th-century French artists, including Boucher and his pupil Fragonard, as well as lesser-known painters. Hyde’s lecture will examine how some of these artists figured their artistic identities at moments of particular tension about the understandings of the differences between men and women.

The spring Clark Lecture series begins February 14, 2006 with Alice Jarrard of Harvard University.

The Clark announced 14 Clark Fellows for the 2005-06 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.

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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