Fall 2002 Clark Lectures Begin September 17

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2002

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute will present a series of lectures by Clark Fellows this fall. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend these Clark Lectures, in which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The series is offered on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

The fall series will begin on Tuesday, September 17, with the lecture "The Black Box and the Masterpiece: Biology and the History of Art History" by John Onians. Onians is professor and director of the World Art Research Programme in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia and former director of research and academic programs at the Clark. He is the author of the classic art history work Bearers of Meaning and was founding editor of the journal Art History. Onians is in residence as Clark Fellow through December 2002 writing the forthcoming book A Natural history of Art.

On October 8, Rodolphe Rapetti will give the lecture "Conservatism or Subversion? Emile Bernard and the Notion of Artistic Tradition." Rapetti is chief curator of the patrimony at the Direction des Musées de France, Paris, and former director of the Musées des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg. During his three month Clark Fellowship, he will work on his monograph of the Belgian Symbolist artist Henry De Groux.

On October 29, Guy Hedreen, professor of art at Williams College, will speak. His topic will be "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down: The Bondage of Hera, Dionysiac Release, and Ritual Inversion in Greek Art." A Clark Fellow through December, Hedreen is working on his new book Myths of Ritual in Ancient Greek Dionysiac Art. His previous publications include Capturing Troy: The Narrative Functions of Landscape in Archaic and Early Classical Greek Art.

Marc Gotlieb will present the lecture "Stain, Splatter, and Pour: How to Paint Blood in the 19th Century" on November 5. Gotlieb is associate professor and chair of the department of fine arts at the University of Toronto and author of The Plight of Emulation: Ernest Meissonier and French Salon Painting. He is editor designate of the journal The Art Bulletin. During his four month fellowship Gotlieb's project will be The Deaths of Henri Regnault: Art and Orientalism in the Fin-de-Siècle.

 On November 12, Cecile Whiting will give the lecture "Pop's L.A." During her ten-month Clark Fellowship, Whiting, professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, is developing her book project Pop Art: Outside Manhattan, Inside L.A. Her previous books include Antifascism in American Art and A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender, and Consumer Culture.

Nicholas Mirzoeff, professor of art and comparative literature at SUNY Stony Brook, will speak on November 19. Mirzoeff is author of An Introduction to Visual Culture and Silent Poetry: Deafness, Sign, and Visual Culture in Modern France. A Fellow through December, Mirzoeff is working on the forthcoming Ghetto Moderns: Clairvoyant Visuality and Cultural Practice of Emancipation. His lecture topic will be "Strange Attractors: Jewish-Queer Affinities in the Age of Oscar Wilde."

The final Clark Lecture of 2002 will be "Bad Dreams: Race and The Nightmare of 1781" by Angela Rosenthal on December 3. Rosenthal, assistant professor of art history at Dartmouth College, is author of Angelika Kauffmann. During her fellowship from November through February, she will work on the manuscript for The White Enlightenment: Racializing Bodies in 18th-Century British Art.

The Clark Art Institute has awarded a total of 21 Clark Fellowships for the 2002-2003 academic year. Arriving in the spring semester will be: Werner L. Gundersheimer of the Folger Library, Washington, D.C.; James D. Herbert of the University of California, Irvine; Ruth B. Phillips of the Museum of Anthropology and the University of British Columbia; Ellen Wiley Todd of George Mason University; Ludmilla Jordanova of the School of World Art Studies and Music at the University of East Anglia; Mark Phillips of the University of British Columbia; Carter E. Foster of the Cleveland Museum of Art; and Roman Grigoryev of the Hermitage Museum and the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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. All Clark Fellows are provided with offices in the Institute's library, which contains over 200,000 volumes and 900 periodicals, and an apartment in the Clark scholar's residence. Each Clark Fellow presents a public lecture about his or her recent research during his or her residency.

The Clark

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by the beauty of its 140-acre setting in the Berkshires. The Clark is also recognized for its special exhibitions, such as the recent Gustav Klimt Landscapes and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, which concurrently advance critical thought and generate popular interest in the arts.

The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The Clark's Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world to pursue research and share new scholarship.  The Institute encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. The Clark also is home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, which serves more than 50 institutions in the region and also provides professional training in art conservation.
For more information visit www.clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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