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Clark Conversation Examines Art Museums "After Critique"

For Immediate Release

October 08, 2004

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present a Clark Conversation on Saturday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. The conversation "After Critique: Museums in the World" is the public component of a two-day colloquium sponsored by the Clark's Research and Academic Program. An international panel of art distinguished art scholars will discuss the findings of their closed discussions about the place of museums in the face of criticism and the complexities of the world's emerging social, ethical, economic, scholarly, and aesthetic needs.  Admission is free.

The colloquium was organized by Michael Conforti, director of the Clark, and Ivan Gaskell of the Harvard University Art Museums.

Participants will be: David Carrier, professor of art history and art at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Oh.; Paul Carter, professor at The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia; Anne Eaton, professor at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Penn.; Adrian Ellis of AEA Consulting, New York; Michael R. Leaman, publisher, Reaktion Books, Ltd., London; Andrew McClellan, professor of art and art history at Tufts University, Medford, Mass.; Helen Molesworth, chief curator of exhibitions at The Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Robert Storr, professor at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts; Graham W.J. Beal, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; and Rubie Watson, director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge, Mass. Participating in the closed sessions but not speaking are Homi K. Bhabba, professor of English and American literature and language at Harvard University, and Charles Saumarez Smith, director of the National Gallery, London.

Clark Colloquia are invitational gatherings of researchers who discuss topics of mutual interest on an array of themes spanning the history and historiography of art. The Research and Academic Program of the Clark also presents Clark Conferences, Clark Lectures, and Clark Symposia, and host about 20 Clark Fellows each year.

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 www.clarkart.edu.

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