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Spring Fellows’ Lecture Series Begins Feburary 20 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

February 06, 2007

From the Olmec period of Mexico to the “post-black” art of the 1980s and 1990s, thought-provoking and intriguing topics will be explored in free lectures during February and March by Clark Fellows at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Clark Fellows’ Lectures are held on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and open to the public.

Kicking off the spring series of lectures will be Carolyn Tate speaking on “Embryo Power: Ancient Concepts and Olmec Art History” on February 20. Tate, professor of pre-Columbian and Native American art at the School of Art, Texas Tech University, is also a noted curator and specialist in Mesoamerican and Mayan art. As curator, her venues have included The National Gallery of Art, Princeton University and the Dallas Museum of Art. She is author of Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City (1992) and the forthcoming Olmec Art and Knowledge: Gestation and Creation in Formative Mesoamerica. As a Clark Fellow, she will pursue her book project, a study of women’s knowledge as expressed in the art of the preliterate (900 – 400 BC), or Olmec period of Mexico, testing a variety of analytical methods to expand contemporary perspectives of the period.

Darby English will discuss “Must We Mean What We See?” on Tuesday, March 6. English is assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago, where he teaches postwar American art and visual and cultural studies. He is the author of How to See A Work of Art in Total Darkness (2006) and a co-editor of Kara Walker: Narratives of A Negress (2003). English co-curated Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress, 1994-2003, a critical retrospective of the young artist’s work that showed at the Tang Teaching Museum and Williams College Museum of Art in 2002-03. English's project at the Clark will comprise a historiographic study of so-called "post-black" art, focusing on the peculiar convergence of racialism and formalism in this supposed “aesthetic turn.”

On March 13 Malcolm Bull will present “Modernism and Trust.” Bull teaches at Oxford University's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. The author of The Mirror of the Gods: Classical Mythology in Renaissance Art (2005), he has also published extensively in philosophy and the social sciences. While at the Clark, he will be looking at the role of trust in modern art and re-examining the historical and social significance of artistic modernisms of the period 1900-70.

The remaining spring fellows’ lectures include “Bob Colescott's Bather Series: Beauty Re-Appropriated” by Lowery Sims on April 3; and “Entropy as Monument” by James Meyer on May 1.

The Clark announced 11 fellows for the 2006-2007 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, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (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 www.clarkart.edu.

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