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The Clark Presents a Gallery Talk about the Installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Charles W. Haxthausen, Robert Sterling Clark Professor, Williams College, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 pm. The talk is free with admission. Spaces is on view through September 5.

Professor Haxthausen will examine the various ways in which Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth use photography as an instrument for exploring temporality.  “My work,” Höfer has said, “is about making images of spaces.” Professor Haxthausen suggests that the same could be said of Struth’s work. Of his museum photographs Struth has said that his aim “was to combine several historical layers into one work of art.”  Höfer has expressed similar sentiments about the spaces that she photographs, “revealing in their displays the layers of times and experiences through which they have come to the present.” Both artists are equally interested in the dimension of time; for them the photograph is more than the image of “an infinity that has occurred only once,” at the moment of exposure (Roland Barthes). Professor Haxthausen will explore Höfer and Struth’s attraction to sites that lend their photographs complex, multilayered relationships to time.

Professor Haxthausen, Robert Sterling Clark Professor, Williams College, focuses his teaching and research on modern and contemporary European art, with an emphasis on Germany. As Director of the Graduate Program in the History of Art, he teaches graduate seminars in art-historical method, classical modernism, and contemporary art.  Professor Haxthausen’s current and recent research has focused on the painters Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Sigmar Polke, the critics Carl Einstein and Walter Benjamin, and the German Dada movement. His numerous publications include Refiguring Vision: The Art Criticism of Carl Einstein, The Two Art Histories: The Museum and the University, and Berlin: Culture and Metropolis, among many others.

The large-scale photographs featured in the installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth offer distinct but connected perspectives on the ways individuals interact with the spaces they inhabit. Both Höfer and Struth engage with history and the passage of time. Höfer’s photographs of libraries, auditoriums, and research centers are uninhabited by people but filled with light and the mystery of visual and intellectual contemplation. Struth’s works capture church and museum visitors engaged in the act of looking, as we, the viewers of the photographs, observe them from a physical and temporal distance. Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth is on view at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, through September 5.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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August 21: Charles W. Haxthausen, Robert Sterling Clark Professor, Williams College, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 pm. The talk is free with admission. Spaces is on view through September 5. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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