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“Art History and the Unseen” Revealed at Public Conversation October 29 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2005

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Fellows and Getty Research Institute scholars will take part in a public conversation, “Art History and the Unseen” on Saturday, October 29 at 5:30 pm, in the Clark Café. This gathering is the culmination of discussions from a two-day Clark/Getty workshop. Sponsored by the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, this conversation is free and light refreshments will be served.

During the workshop, fellows from the Clark, together with Getty Research Institute scholars and invited guests, will gather to discuss the issue of “Art History and the Unseen,” specifically how artists in all media across time have tried to confront unseen phenomena – whether divinities, concepts, or apparitions. They will investigate how the history of art has dealt with the representation of the unseen—a category that might include ideas, values, emotions, the past, the dead—and how certain artistic practices attempt to render the invisible or the unseen visible. The wider quest to represent the unseen and the invisible has been part of artistic striving for many centuries and in many cultures. The public conversation portion will give the participants a chance to discuss their thoughts, as well as to answer questions on the topic from the audience.

Participants will include Getty scholars Fred Bohrer of Hood College, Robin Cormack of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Whitney Davis of the University of California at Berkeley, and Charles Stewart of the University College London; Clark Fellows Martha Ward of the University of Chicago, Mignon Nixon of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Jennifer Tucker of Wesleyan University, John Tagg of the State University of New York at Binghamton; and invited guests Lynn Gamwell of the Binghamton University Art Museum, Robert P. Harrison of the University of Stanford, Jonathan Rée of the University at Middlesex, Jennifer Roberts of Harvard University.

Clark/Getty Workshops explore contemporary cultural concerns and their effects on the practice of art history, approaching these issues from a number of different points of view. The workshops are comprised of about a dozen scholars who gather twice a year during the academic year, once in Williamstown at the Clark and once in Los Angeles at the Getty Research Institute.

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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