Public Invited to a Lively Debate on “Art History and Anti-Art” on October 21 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2006

Iconoclasm and the destruction of art throughout the world; hostility to and censorship of art, and marginalization of art; loss, destruction and the history of art; and the aesthetics of anti-art ancient and modern will from the basis of a thought-provoking and lively debate at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 pm. This workshop brings together scholars from the Research and Academic Program of the Clark and the Scholars Program of the Getty Research Institute together with four invited guests, to discuss matters of importance to art history. This year's topic is "Art History and Anti Art." Admission to this public conversation is free.

Participants include installation artists, scholars, curators and writers, providing for a varied view of the topic of anti-art. Among the dozen contributors to this discussion will be Margaret Wertheim, science writer and commentator from New York City; Lowery Sims, president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and former curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; David Freedberg, professor of art history at Columbia University and director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America; Barbara Bloom, Getty scholar and sculptor and installation artist, New York City; plus other invited guests, Clark Fellows, and Getty Scholars.

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


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