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Clark Fellow Mario Carpo to Speak April 24

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2000

Mario Carpo, associate professor of architectural history at L'École d'Architecture de Saint Étienne in Saint Étienne, France, will speak at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Monday, April 24, at 5:00 p.m. Carpo, a spring 2000 Clark Fellow, will give the Clark Lecture "Alberti's Media Lab: Alberti on Reproduction and Reproducibility of Text, Numbers, and Images." Admission is free.

Carpo is in residence at the Clark through May 6 completing an essay on the theories of Renaissance humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) and their revival in American painting of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Carpo received his Ph.D. in architectural history from the European University Institute in 1990 and has been at the École d'Architecture de Saint-Étienne since 1993. He is also currently a researcher at the School of Architecture of Grenoble, France, and a civil servant of the French Ministry of Culture. Carpo has been visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Florence.

His numerous publications include La maschera e il modello and the forthcoming L'architettura dell'età della stampa. Carpo's talk is one of several Clark Lectures offered by Fellows this spring. Alexander Babin, curator of nineteenth-century French painting at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, will speak about "The Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde and the Academic Salon Art" on Tuesday, May 2. On Tuesday, May 9, Lea Mendelsohn will give the talk "Configuring Poses in Mannerist Paintings and the 'Meaning' of Style."

Harry Mallgrave, distinguished visiting professor of architecture at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and editor of architecture and aesthetics at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, will speak on Tuesday, May 30. Mallgrave's topic will be "Semper, Wagner, and Nietzsche."

All Clark Lectures begin at 5:00 p.m. and are followed by a reception. Clark Fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals pursuing projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. The program encourages a critical commitment to research in the theory, history, and interpretation of works from all periods and genres of art. Clark Fellows are in residence from one to ten months; Clark Visiting Fellows are in residence for less than one month.

The Clark Art Institute The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of handful of institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. As such, the Clark functions as an international center in the museum field for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. In addition to the Clark Fellowships, the Clark's conference and symposium program presents one major Clark Conference a year on a topic of vital importance to the field, as well as smaller symposia and lectures. These activities further strengthen the Graduate Program in the History of Art, the country's foremost program of its kind, which is administered jointly with nearby Williams College.

The Clark was chartered in 1950 by Robert Sterling Clark and opened its doors in 1955, welcoming the public to a collection of artworks and books that he and his wife had assembled over the course of five decades. The collection is best known for Mr. and Mrs. Clark's extraordinary French Impressionist paintings, which take their place among a wider ensemble of masterworks that range from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century. Among the highlights are works by Ugolino di Nerio, Piero della Francesca, Fragonard, Corot, Bouguereau, Turner, and an especially strong representation of American artists, including Homer, Cassatt, and Sargent.

The Clark is also noted for its fine holdings of decorative arts and old master and nineteenth-century drawings and prints. Its library has grown to become one of the nation's premier resources for the study of European and American art, containing more than 200,000 printed books, bound periodicals, and auction sales catalogues.

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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