Six International Scholars Chosen as Clark Summer Fellows

For Immediate Release

August 07, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced six Clark Fellows for the summer session. 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. Clark Fellows are provided with offices in the institute’s library and apartments in the Clark scholars’ residence.

Summer Clark Fellows:

Thierry Davila is the head of the cultural department at CAPC Musee d'art Contemporian, Bordeaux. His cultural assignments range from curator of several noted modernist exhibitions to assistant director of the Musée Picasso, Antibes. At the Clark, his research will revisit the theory of the object, most especially as a heuristic instrument of the "infra-mince" or the "infra-thin.”

Ann Dumas, consultant to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, is a specialist in late 19th-century painting and Impressionism, who was first recognized for her work on Degas. At the Clark, she will be completing her catalogue essay as co-curator for the exhibition, The Impressionists and the Old Masters, scheduled to open at the High Museum in Atlanta in October of 2007.

William L. Fox has published numerous books on cognition and landscape and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Science Foundation. His project The Aerial Imagination will be a history of how the Earth is viewed from above. Although his analysis will include visual culture from as long ago as 8,000 years, and the military applications of aerial views from Leonardo da Vinci onwards, he will be concentrating on contemporary artistic, cartographic, and scientific practices.

Erica Moiah James is director and chief curator of the newly established National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is a scholar of African diasporic art, specializing in Caribbean art. Her project at the Clark will explore the development of a new text and various educational materials on Bahamian art history.

Jonathan Rée is a freelance philosopher and historian, holding visiting professorships at Roehampton University and the Royal College of Art. While at the Clark, he will be investigating the connections between painting, philosophy, and criticism in the work of the young William Hazlitt.

Sarah Warren is an assistant professor of art history at the State University of New York, Purchase College. The recipient of numerous research grants, her scholarship concentrates on late imperial Russian avant-garde painting, performance, and curatorial practice. As a Clark Fellow, she will further her project, Painting Beyond Sense. Focusing on the work of Mikhail Larionov, her project calls attention to the political resonances and interventions of visual culture in pre-Revolutionary Russia.

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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