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The Clark Announces 2005-2006 Fellows

For Immediate Release

August 04, 2005

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced 14 Clark Fellows for the 2005-2006 academic year. Fellowships are awarded to national and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals whose work extends and enhances 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.

Fall Clark Fellows are:

Ting Chang, assistant professor of art history at McGill University, Montreal. Chang will complete her book manuscript, Colonial Collectors: Desire, Travel and Collecting in Nineteenth-Century France, a focus on French collectors of Asian art.

Julien Chapuis, associate curator at the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art. His time at the Clark will enable him to finish editing a collection of essays on northern Renaissance art.

Molly Donovan, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. While at the Clark, Donovan will continue her contributions to the Andy Goldsworthy Project, following her successful installation of Roof at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2004-2005), and finish the book of the project.

Melissa Hyde, associate professor of art history at the University of Florida. Her Clark project involves new work on women artists in eighteenth-century France, as well as new approaches to the work of Fragonard and Boucher.

Mark Jarzombek, director of the department of history, theory, and criticism of architecture and art, and associate professor of history and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jarzombek’s Clark project explores the concept of fame in architecture.

John Tagg, professor of art history at Binghamton University, New York. Tagg’s Clark project is an analysis of the discursive and institutional relations of power that frame photographic meaning.

Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history at Wesleyan University. At the Clark, she will begin her next book, Darwinism by Design: The Struggle for a Visual Language of Evolution, in which she will examine how visual media were, and are, deployed in debates over evolution and creationism.

Spring Clark Fellows are:

Maggie Bickford, professor of the history of art and architecture at Brown University. Her project at the Clark further explores the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279) and the creation of cultural heritage in China.

Alice Jarrard, associate professor of art and architecture at Harvard University. Jarrard will complete her book manuscript, Baroque Theater: Architecture and the Technology of Marvel, while at the Clark.

Anthony Lee, associate professor of art and art history at Mount Holyoke College. His Clark project, When the Cobbling Began: Photography and Visual Culture in a Nineteenth-Century New England Town, exploits a remarkable visual record of the Chinese population in North Adams in the 1870s to explore the cultural life of this community and the uses of photography.

Charles Musser, professor of American studies and film studies at Yale University. His book project at the Clark is entitled Film, Truth, Documentary Practice: A History and explores the complex, troubled, and unstable relationship between art and documentary.

Mignon Nixon, senior lecturer in art history at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Her project at the Clark explores the complex and sometimes problematic condition of the woman artist in an age of feminism and postmodernism, through the psychoanalytic concept of transference.

Rocco Sinisgalli, professor of art history in the department of art history at the Universita’ degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza.” While at the Clark, he will study Alberti’s role in the creation and dissemination of new ideas of linear perspective.

Martha Ward, associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago. Her work at the Clark will focus on an analysis of curatorial practice and museological discourse from 1920 to 1950.

Clark Fellows are provided with offices in the Institute’s library and apartments in the Clark scholars’ residence. Fellows present public lectures about recent research during their residency. For lecture schedules, visit www.clarkart.edu.

The Clark is one of the country’s foremost art museums, as well as a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. 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, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The institute encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world.


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