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Noted Scholars Gather in Williamstown for the Fictions of Art History Clark Conference, October 29 – 30

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN (MA)—Noted U.S. and international scholars will gather at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on October 29 and 30 for the 2010 Clark Conference, Fictions of Art History. This scholarly conference draws together art historians, poets, and fiction writers to investigate the relationship between art history and creative writing. Participants will explore novelists' enduring fascination with art and art history, and the ways in which artists, art historians, and critics employ or resist the devices of fiction in their work.

Fictions of Art History will be convened by Michael Hatt of the University of Warwick, England, and Clark Fellow Mark Ledbury of The Power Institute, University of Sydney, Australia. Michael Ann Holly, Starr director of the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, and Aruna D’Souza, the program’s associate director, will open the conference.

“We are delighted to be hosting Fictions of Art History,” said Holly, “and bringing a diverse group of art and literary historians, poets, novelists, and artists to the Clark. The opportunity to bring many voices together—those from within the discipline of art history, but also from outside—to discuss the role of the visual arts in a wider culture is a central goal of the Research and Academic Program. We are looking forward to two lively and stimulating days of public conversation, debate, and exposure to new ways of thinking about the complex relationship between fiction writing and the writing of histories.”

Fictions of Art History includes thirteen lectures by renowned scholars, followed by discussion. The speakers will cover a wide range of topics, including:

Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia: “Philip Marlowe Meets the Art Historian”

Gregory Crewdson, Photographer and Professor Adjunct in Graduate Photography at the Yale University School of Art: “Artist’s Talk with Gregory Crewdson”

Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art & Associate Provost for the Arts at New York University: “Gordon Burn’s Alma Cogan and the moment of the Young British Artists”

Dr. Maria H. Loh, Lecturer in Early Modern Italian Art and Theory, Department of History of Art, University College London: “’I Am Not Who You Think I Am’: Identifying the Humanist Portrait, Attributing the Humanist Subject”

Professor Joanna Scott, Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, Department of English, University of Rochester: “Fictional Deception: A True Story”

Allan Sekula, Photography and Media Faculty, California Institute of the Arts: “From Ship of Fools to Docker’s Museum: Word, Object and Image from Below”

Edward Snow, Mary Gibbs Jones Professor in Humanities and Professor of English, Rice University: Conference Response and Commentary

Professor Marina Warner, Professor of English, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex: “‘Everything You Need to Know of the Orient…’: Reading the Arabian Nights

Tickets are $30 ($20 for members and students). Admission is free for Williams College faculty and students (register at events@clarkart.edu). For more information and tickets, visit www.clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0460.

The Clark is one of the country’s foremost art museums and a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. It 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, as well as 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.

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 $15 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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October 29 and 30: Noted U.S. and international scholars will gather at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on October 29 and 30 for the 2010 Clark Conference, Fictions of Art History. This scholarly conference draws together art historians, poets, and fiction writers to investigate the relationship between art history and creative writing. Participants will explore novelists' enduring fascination with art and art history, and the ways in which artists, art historians, and critics employ or resist the devices of fiction in their work. Tickets are $30 ($20 for members and students). Admission is free for Williams College faculty and students (register at events@clarkart.edu). For more information and tickets, visit www.clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0460.

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