Scholars to Discuss Image and Movement March 13 and 14 During Symposium

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2009

Scholars of film, art, and culture will discuss the complex historical and aesthetic relationships between film and art, and between film studies and art history, on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The “Image and Movement: Film Studies and Art History” symposium will cover key figures such as Sergei Eisenstein, key genres such as landscape, and key crossovers like the museum film. The symposium is convened by Angela Dalle Vacche of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for students, and free for Williams students and faculty. Register online or call 413-458-0460.

A complete schedule of events, including the screenings of Russian Ark and A Visit to the Louvre,Participants and their topics for discussion include: is available online at

  • Lynda Nead, of Birkbeck College, University of London, The Artist’s Studio: The Battle of Art and Film”
  • Nell Andrew, of University of Georgia, “A Moving Picture in Early Abstract Art”
  • John McKay, of Yale University, “Vertov and the Line”
  • Trond Lundemo, of University of Stockholm, “Art History as a Reserve for Montage in Eisenstein’s Writings and Films”
  • Susan Felleman, of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, “To the Art Film and Beyond: The Future Study of Cinema and Art History”
  • Angela Dalle Vacche, of Georgia Institute of Technology, “Andre Bazin and the System of the Arts”
  • Dudley Andrew, of Yale University, “Vertical Sections of Voluminous Time: Bazin and Malraux on Films of Art”
  • Noa Steimatsky, of University of Chicago, “Of the Face: In Reticence”
  • Thomas Elsaesser, of University of Amsterdam, “Bergman in the Museum?”
  • Martin Lefevbre, Concordia University, “Investigating the Film Landscape”
  • Lara Pucci, of University of Manchester, England, “Remapping the Rural: Ideology and Iconography in Fascist Italy”
  • Sally Shafto, independent writer and scholar, “Artistic Encounters: Jean-Marie Straub, Danielle Huillet and Cezanne”
  • Ian Christie, of Birkbeck College, University of London, “A Disturbing Presence? Scenes from the History of Film in the Museum”

The symposium is supported by a generous grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Since its inception in 2000, the Clark’s Research and Academic Program has earned an international reputation as a foremost center for advancing the study of visual arts and for educating the next generation of art historians, professors, and museum directors and curators. The program engages the world’s most creative and innovative visual arts scholars, from Clark Fellows who travel to Williamstown from throughout the world to pursue their research while in residence at the Clark, to prominent participants in pioneering international research collaborations, this year underway with institutions based in Paris and Johannesburg.

The Clark is one of the country’s foremost art museums, as well as a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism with an international fellowship program; 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 art museum directors, curators, and scholars.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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