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Michael Ann Holly

February - June 2014

Michael Ann Holly is the Starr director emeritus of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute, having served as director from 1999 to 2013. She was previously a founder of the Visual and Cultural Studies Program and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester.

Holly is the author or co-editor of several books on subjects concerning the historiography and theory of art history. They include: Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image (1996) and Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History (1984). Most recently, she published The Melancholy Art (2013), which examines the melancholic tendencies running through the history of art as a discipline.

Holly serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center and is president of the International Association for Visual Culture. She will be the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, in 2014–15.

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