Museum Collecting in the Changing World Discussed in Public Conversation on October 14 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 02, 2006

Who shapes museums’ collecting policies? How should they reflect new priorities and global realities? Hear how art historians, museum directors, curators, and consultants to museums and galleries respond to these questions on Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. During this free public conversation, “Reshaping the Collection in the New Century,” discover how these distinguished guests think museums might face the changing world in which museums now collect.

The event is convened by Adrian Ellis, a consultant who has worked with many museums and cultural institutions, and Helen Rees, director of the museum studies program at the University of Manchester. Participants include international academics, museum professionals, and consultants from the University of Zurich, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of World Culture, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. The conversation, the result of a two-day colloquium of these art experts, will give the public the chance to ask questions and hear discussion among some very important “strategy formers” on this issue, which is central to museum missions.

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 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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