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Clark, MASS MoCA, And Williams College Museum Of Art Present "Grave Matters" Symposium November 8 And 9

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2002

Architect Peter Eisenman, artist Ann Hamilton, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jack Miles, and novelist Joanna Scott will speak at "Grave Matters: Memory, Memorial, Mourning," an interdisciplinary symposium at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday evening, November 8, and at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 9. The symposium will explore the ways in which artists, writers, philosophers, and architects have struggled to depict death. The program, offered in connection with the MASS MoCA exhibition Grave Matters, will include talks, visits to the Clark, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), and a tour of the cemetery where poet Robert Frost is buried. Tickets for the entire symposium are $25 ($20 for students and members of the Clark, MASS MoCA, and WCMA). To register, call 413-458-2303, extension 324 or email boxoffice@clarkart.edu.

Peter Eisenman, architect of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, will give the keynote address "Monument and Memory: Representation in Architecture after 9/11" at MASS MoCA on Friday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. Eisenman is Louis Kahn Professor at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. His talk will be followed by a viewing of the exhibition Grave Matters at MASS MoCA. Admission to Eisenman's talk only is $5 (free to members of the Clark, MASS MoCA, and WCMA, and included in symposium ticket price). Reservations are strongly recommended.

On Saturday, November 9, at 8:00 a.m., Zirka Filipczak, professor of art history at Williams College, will lead symposium participants through the Old First Church Cemetery in Bennington, VT, the early New England cemetery that is Frost's burial site. Following the tour, the group will reconvene at the Clark Art Institute for registration and coffee at 9:30 a.m.  The speaking program for November 9 will begin at 10:00 a.m. with talks and readings by Hamilton, Miles, and Scott. Ann Hamilton has been the subject of major one-person shows at the Dia Center for the Arts and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993 and was the U.S. representative at the 1999 Venice Biennale. Hamilton is installing a new work in MASS MoCA's massive Building 5 Gallery which will open on December 7, 2002. Jack Miles, a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his book God: A Biography. Novelist Joanna Scott has won critical acclaim for her books including Fading, My Parmacheene Belle, Arrogance, The Manikin, and Make Believe. She has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

The exhibition Grave Matters, which opens at MASS MoCA on October 31, is based on the book by Mark C. Taylor, Cluett Professor of Humanities and Religion at Williams College, and photographer Christian Lammerts. The exhibition presents relics and photographs of the graves of 150 people who have shaped modern culture in the West. Taylor and Lammerts will moderate a panel discussion featuring all the symposium speakers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The symposium is presented by the Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

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, 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.

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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