Arthur C. Danto Among Speakers At Clark Symposium "American Art Now"

For Immediate Release

October 06, 2003

Arthur C. Danto, art critic for The Nation, is among the distinguished panelists scheduled to speak at the Clark Symposium "American Art Now: Aesthetics and Politics," at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also speaking will be Richard Meyer of the University of Southern California, Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta 11, Lawrence Rinder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Miwon Kwon of the University of California, Los Angeles. The symposium will focus on the meaning and significance of contemporary American art, considering both domestic and international points of view. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members of the Clark, MASS MoCA, and Williams College Museum of Art, and free to Williams College students). To register, call 413-458-2303, extension 324 or email

The morning session will begin with Richard Meyer, whose topic will be "Contemporary Art After the Culture Wars." Meyer is associate professor and acting chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California, where he teaches courses on modern art and the history of photography. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, which received the 2003 Charles Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Okwui Enwezor will give the talk "Documentary/Verité: Photography, Film, Video, Documentation, or The Figure of Truth in Contemporary Art." Enwezor is an independent curator and writer, and artistic director of the international exhibition Documenta 11. Enwezor is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh.

Lawrence Rinder will discuss "The American Effect." Rinder has been curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City since 2000, and was previously director of the Institute for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and San Francisco. He organized the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

Miwon Kwon's topic will be "The Post-national Condition of American Art." Kwon is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA and is residence faculty in the MFA in Visual Art Program at Vermont College. She is a founding editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism, and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity.

Arthur C. Danto will give his talk, "Art in America," in the afternoon session, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Danto is Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Columbia University, and has been art critic at The Nation since 1984. His numerous awards include the Book Critics Circle prize for criticism for Encounters and Reflections, and the Eugene Kwayden Prize for the best book published by a university press for After the End of Art. His latest book is The Abuse of Beauty.

The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion, followed by a reception hosted by the Williams College Museum of Art.
Clark Symposia are presented by the Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute, which also offers Clark Conferences and lectures on topics of vital importance to the fields of art and art history. Clark Fellowships bring leading figures from universities and museums around the world to the Clark to pursue research using the vast resources available at the Institute, including a library of more than 200,000 volumes. Eighteen to twenty-one international scholars annually are awarded Clark Fellowships. In addition, the Clark sponsors one of the United States' foremost master's programs in art history in conjunction with Williams College.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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