Sigmund Freud, c. 1920, courtesy of the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna

Viennese Culture and Politics the Subject of Clark Symposium August 2 and 3

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2002

Leading historians will speak about the politics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, music, art, and cultural life of Vienna around 1900 in a public symposium at the Clark Art Institute. The Clark will present "Viennese Ghosts: Culture and Politics" on Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3. Peter Gay, director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, will give the opening lecture "Tales of Hoffmann" on August 2 at 5:30 p.m. From 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on August 3, five speakers will give talks followed by a panel discussion. Admission to Friday's talk is free. Admission to Saturday's program is $15 ($12 for members and students); Saturday ticket holders will have reserved seating for Friday's lecture.

The program for August 3 is:

"Art and Assimilation: Arnold Schoenberg as Artist"
by Esther da Costa Meyer, assistant professor of art history, Princeton University

"Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Life? Or Theater?"
by Michael P. Steinberg, professor of history, Cornell University

"Mahlerian Shadows or 'The Long Gaze of German Music Ends in Mourning'"
by Lydia Goehr, professor of philosophy, Columbia University

"Why Freud Haunts Us"
by Michael Roth, president, California College of Liberal Arts and Crafts

"Rachel Whiteread's Judenplatz Memorial in Vienna: Memory and Absence"
by James Edward Young, professor of English and Judaic studies, University of Massachsuetts, Amherst.

The Saturday ticket price includes admission to the Clark galleries, now featuring four exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibitions are on view through September 2. The exhibitions are part of the "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 2. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and children free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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