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Public Invited to a Showcase of Graduate Students’ Talents June 1 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2007

The Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly by Williams College and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present the TwelfthAnnual Spring Symposium on Friday, June 1. Members of the M.A. class of 2007 will present papers on a wide variety of topics, ranging in time from the 10th to the 21st century, and in media from manuscript illumination to Minimalist sculpture to the writing of art history. This day-long free symposium will begin at 9 am at the Clark, and the public is invited to attend.

Degree candidates and their topics are: Nadia Baadj - the still-life portraits of Charles I by Hendrick Andriessen; Laura Fried - Robert Morris's mirrored cubes and film; Darci Hanna - Daniela Rossell’s Ricas y famosas; Allison Harding - Hollis Frampton’s The Secret World of Frank Stella; Aimee Hirz - Fiona Tan’s Countenance; Katherine Hover-Smoot - narrative strategies in the writing of Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin; Sarah Linford - economic analysis and Robert Rauschenberg’s ROCI Project; Joshua O’Driscoll - the reading of images in the 10th-century St. Gereon Sacramentary; Emily Torbert - John Singer Sargent’s Woman in Furs; Yao Wu - the Pietà motif in works of Pang Xunqin and Wang Guangyi; and Kori Yee Litt - strategies of spatial construction in Fra Angelico’s Last Judgment. The Sargent painting studied by Torbert will be on view in the Clark galleries.

ymposium papers are developed from the longer Qualifying Papers that each student writes during the second-year Winter Study period, this essay being a revision and refinement of work presented earlier during one of the student’s first three semesters. What makes the symposium the most fitting conclusion to the two-year course of study is the element of public scholarly performance. Each graduating student delivers a highly polished, clear, and enlightening talk.

The Graduate Program is one of the United States’ foremost master’s programs in art history. One of only three jointly sponsored programs in the country and among the premier art education programs in the world, it has produced over 350 graduates who have taken their place as leaders in the art and academic fields. The Clark and Williams work symbiotically, offering their professional staffs, libraries, and art collections to the students as invaluable resources. Program professors are drawn from both institutions, and the program is housed at the Clark. The Clark’s extensive research facilities, such as the library, support the original academic scholarship conducted by the students.

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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