2005 Clark Conference to Focus on Architecture Between Spectacle and Use

For Immediate Release

February 23, 2005

The 2005 Clark Conference at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will explore the philosophical and practical dilemmas that face architecture as a discipline and practice in the 21st century. A distinguished group of architects and scholars will convene for "Architecture between Spectacle and Use," April 29 and 30. The Clark Conference is organized by the Research and Academic Program of the Clark, in association with Anthony Vidler, professor and dean of the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Noted speakers will include Kurt W. Forster of the Fakultät Architeckrur Balhaus-Universitat Weimar, Mark Wigley of Columbia University, Beatriz Colomina of Princeton University, Hal Foster of Princeton; and K. Michael Hays of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Registration is $25 per day ($15 per day for members, $5 per day for students). To register, call 413-458-0524.

"Caught between the art of display and the accommodation of use, contemporary architecture seems to have lost both the social idealism of early modern movements and the sensitivity to urban space and structure evoked by the contextual movements of the 1970s and 80s," said Vidler. "This conference will examine the predicament of contemporary architecture by exploring structures, ideas, and visions in the context of the history of architecture as well as in light of new approaches to technologies of design."

Also scheduled to speak are: Mark M. Jarzombek, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mario Carpo of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Felicity Scott of the University of California, Irvine; Sarah Whiting of Harvard Design School; Mrk Dorrian of the University of Edinburgh; Susan Buck-Morss of Cornell University; Sarah Goldhagen of Harvard University; and Terry Smith of the University of Pittsburgh.

Topics will include "Acid Visions" by Felicity Scott, "Non-Standard Morality," by Mario Carpo, Sarah Whiting on the Superblock, "Architecture in the Aftermath of Spectacle" by Terry Smith, "Skin as Spectacle, Engineer as God" by Hal Foster, Mark Jarzombek on "The Trans(formations) of Fame," and Mark Dorrian on "Spectacle and the London Eye." A detailed schedule of topics and times will be available at www.clarkart.edu in March.

Clark Conferences provide an international forum for the discussion of issues raised by the study, presentation, and exploration of art. The proceedings are published by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press as part of the ongoing series, Clark Studies in the Visual Arts. Previous titles in the series include: Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies (Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey, editors); The Art Historian (Michael F. Zimmermann, editor) and Anthropologies of Art (Mariët Westermann, editor), as well as the forthcoming The Lure of the Object.

The Clark
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by its dramatic 140-acre setting in the Berkshires.

The Institute 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, 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 and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world.

The Clark is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, within a three-hour drive from both Boston and New York City and one hour from Albany International Airport. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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