Professors from Yale, Brown, and The Courtauld Institute to Give the Next Three Clark Fellow Lectures

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2006

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continues its spring series of free lectures by Clark Fellows on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend Clark Lectures, during which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic and intellectual community. Lectures, held in the Clark café, are followed by questions, and accompanied by refreshments.

Charles Musser will give the next Clark Fellow lecture, “May Irwin’s Kiss: Film and Initial Transformations of Culture” on Tuesday, February 28.  Musser is professor of American studies and film studies at Yale University. His book project at the Clark is entitled Film, Truth, Documentary Practice: A History and explores the complex, troubled, and unstable relationship between art and documentary.

Next in the series is “Learning from Emperor Huizong: A 12th Century Agenda and the Story of Chinese Painting” by Maggie Bickford on Tuesday, March 7.  Bickford is professor of the history of art and architecture at Brown University. Her project at the Clark further explores the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279) and the creation of cultural heritage in China.

Mignon Nixon will present “Transference and the Woman Artist” on Tuesday, March 14.  Nixon is senior lecturer in art history at the Courtauld Institute, University of London.  Her project at the Clark explores the complex and sometimes problematic condition of the woman artist in an age of feminism and postmodernism, through the psychoanalytic concept of transference.

Remaining lectures in the series will be “When the Cobbling Began” by Anthony Lee of Mount Holyoke College on April 4 and “Curatorial Liberalism in 1930’s France” by Martha Ward of the University of Chicago on April 11.

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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