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French Collectors in Japan Topic of Next Clark Lecture on October 18

For Immediate Release

September 27, 2005

The Research and Academic Program of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute continues its series of free lectures by Clark Fellows this fall. On Tuesday, October 18, Ting Chang will speak on “Travels and Transports: Nineteenth-Century French Collectors in Japan.” Interested members of the public are welcome to attend these Clark Lectures, in which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The series is offered on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Clark cafe. Lectures are followed by questions, and accompanied by refreshments.

Ting Chang is assistant professor of art history at McGill University, Montreal. She is the author of numerous articles on Gustave Courbet and his patron, Alfred Bruyas (including a chapter in a Clark exhibition catalog of the Bruyas collection). She has also written on the cultural history of collectors and collecting. At the Clark, Chang will complete her book manuscript, “Colonial Collectors: Desire, Travel and Collecting in Nineteenth-Century France,” which focuses on French collectors of Asian art.

Jennifer Tucker of Wesleyan University will give the next lecture, “Nature Exposed: The Politics of Scientific Knowledge in Victorian Photography” on November 1.

The Clark 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. Fellows present public lectures about recent research during their residency. For a complete list of lectures, visit www.clarkart.edu.

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

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