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"Asian Art History in the Twenty-First Century," a Clark Conference, April 27 to 29

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2006

Historians, curators, and critics of Asian art will discuss their field, its historiography, its tensions, and its possible future directions during "Asian Art History in the Twenty-First Century."  This Clark Conference begins with a reception and conversation Thursday evening, April 27 at Asia Society in New York City, and continues Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. Tickets for the entire three days of the conference are $50 for non-members ($35 for members and $20 for students).  Tickets for the conference at the Clark only are $40 for non-members ($25 for members and $15 for students).  For more information and to register, call 413-458-0460.

This conference, the first collaboration organized and jointly sponsored by the Clark's Research and Academic Program and Asia Society, provides a forum for discussion and debate among international leaders in the field of Asian art.  It is convened by Vishakha N. Desai, president of Asia Society. Speakers include Jerome Silbergeld of the Tang Center for Chinese and Japanese Art at Princeton University, Yukio Lippit of Harvard University, and Dr. Gao Shiming of the China Academy of Art, Visual Research Center, Hangzhou, among many other distinguished professionals.

As anyone can see from the record auction prices and new museums and exhibitions, Asian art is increasingly interesting to buyers and the public. This conference will investigate the meaning of the term "Asian art," how it is manifested in museums, exhibitions, and galleries, and how it might be understood in relation to shifting geo-politics. How have the histories of Asian art been written, by whom, and why? And will the new economic and cultural power of Asia, as well as contemporary Asian Art as it is being created today, compel us to ask new questions and to find new ways to understand Asian art in the twenty-first century?

For those who cannot attend the conversation in New York, the Clark will show a videotape of it Friday morning in the Clark auditorium. The entire conference proceedings will be published as part of the Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series, a partnership between the Clark and Yale University Press.

This year's Clark Conference is supported by generous grants from The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation and The Henry Luce Foundation.  Additional funding for the speakers from Asia is provided by a grant from the Asian Cultural Council.


The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, the Clark is an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. To further its dual mission, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance scholarship while building public appreciation of art.

The Clark's Research and Academic Program include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, drawing together arts leadership from around the world. The Clark encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world and, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading master's programs in art history.

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 more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.



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