September - December 2006
Arden Reed is the Dole Professor of English at Pomona College. An expert in nineteenth-century English and French literature and nineteenth-century French painting, he is also prominent in the field of contemporary art criticism. He is author of Manet, Flaubert, and the Emergence of Modernism: Blurring Genre Boundaries (Cambridge, 2004; French translation Honoré Champion, 2006), Constance De Jong: Metal (New Mexico, 2003), Romantic Weather: The Climates of Coleridge and Baudelaire (Providence, RI, 1984), and is editor of Romanticism and Language (Ithaca, NY, 1984). While at the Clark, he will work on Slow Art: From Tableaux Vivants to James Turrell, a book that addresses problems of attentiveness in the arts by formulating an aesthetic tradition to counter that of speed culture. His model is the tableau vivant that flourishes today from video, to performance art, photography, and fiction and appears in avant-garde and conservative versions, attracting both popular and highbrow audiences.