Richard Shiff to Speak on Modern Painting October 1 and 2

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2002

Richard Shiff of the University of Texas at Austin will speak at the Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2, at 5:30 p.m. Shiff will give two different talks on the topic "Test Pattern: Animation in Modern Painting and Other Mediums." The lectures are co-sponsored by the Clark and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in honor of George Heard Hamilton, second director of the Clark and first director of the Graduate Program. Both lectures are free and open to the public; a reception will follow the Tuesday presentation.

Shiff has been Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas since 1989. He has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago. Shiff is author of the books Cézanne and the End of Impressionism and Paul Cézanne as well as numerous articles and essays. He has received such fellowships as the Getty Senior Research Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Humanities Center Fellowship.

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

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