“The Minimal Unconscious” Discussed by Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor on October 24 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2006

James Meyer, associate professor of art history and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University, will present the fall 2006 Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor lecture, “The Minimal Unconscious,” on Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 pm. This talk is free and held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Meyer’s talk is an examination of the collecting practice of Giuseppe di Panza, a leading patron of Minimal art, and the conflicts that arose in his fabrication of works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. By making "Judds" and "Flavins" without the artists' consent, Panza exposed the conceptual and allusive nature of their work, which the artists suppressed. In so doing, the collector unwittingly revealed the repressive character of the Minimalist tendency.

Meyer has been named as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor for fall 2006. He is a contributing editor of Artforum. A specialist on the art of the 1960s and contemporary art, he is the author of Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties and editor of Minimalism, Gregg Bordowitz’s The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Carl Andre’s Cuts: Texts 1959-2004. His other writings include studies of Mel Bochner (Yale Art Gallery), Eva Hesse (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Andrea Fraser (Belkin Art Gallery), and Californian Minimalism (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art), as well as the catalogue of Howard Hodgkin’s 2006 retrospective at Tate Britain, which he co-authored with Nicholas Serota. Meyer has also been selected as a Clark Fellow for the spring of 2007, during which time he will develop a book of essays on the “sixties return” in contemporary art and art history.

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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