Scholar in the History of Photography to Present Clark Lecture on November 15

For Immediate Release

November 02, 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, November 15, John Tagg will discuss “Mindless Photography.” The public is welcome to attend Clark Lectures, in which visiting scholars present recent research to the academic community. The series is offered on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm in the Clark cafe. Lectures are followed by questions, and accompanied by refreshments.

Tagg is professor of art history at Binghamton University, New York. A distinguished, influential and often controversial voice in the relatively young field of the history of photography, he has published widely on the history and theory of photography, and on its relationship with power. He has also written on art history as a discipline and continues to reflect on the institutions and power relations within which images of all kinds are seen, consumed, and understood. Tagg is the author of Grounds of Dispute: Art History, Cultural Politics, and the Discursive Field (Minneapolis, 1982) and The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories (Minneapolis, 1988), as well as many essays, chapters, and other contributions on photography.

His Clark project is an analysis of the discursive and institutional relations of power that frame photographic meaning, and his provocatively titled Clark lecture will examine the ways in which humanist assumptions about what photography is and does, are challenged by new developments in imaging technologies that force us to think again about older practices of humanist documentary.

Melissa Hyde, of the University of Florida, will give the last fall Clark Fellow lecture, “Self-Portraits of Others in Eighteenth-Century French Painting” on November 29.

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.

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 is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For information, call 413-458-2303 or 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 is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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