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Griselda Pollock to Speak on Alfred Stevens November 9

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2000

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA (October 31, 2000) – Griselda Pollock, professor of social and critical histories of art at the University of Leeds, England, will speak at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. Her topic will be "Extimacy and Interiority: Alfred Stevens and the Inner Spaces of Modernity." Pollock will address the work of Belgian artist Alfred Stevens between 1861 and the early 1870s and his themes of the interior—both the interior spaces of houses and the inner reflection of his female subjects. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Pollock is guest curator of the Clark's current exhibition, Interventions: Griselda Pollock Looks at Alfred Stevens. She is director of the Center for Cultural Studies, director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and director of Graduate Studies and Research in Feminist Theory, History, and Art at the University of Leeds. She has written extensively on the feminine in the social history of art and in cultural and psychoanalytic theory. Her many publications include the books Generations and Geographies in the Visual Arts, Avant-Garde Gambits: Gender and the Colour of Art History, and the forthcoming Differencing the Canon: Feminist Desire and the Writing of Art Histories. On view through January 7, 2001, Interventions is a new program at the Clark in which prominent art historians, critics, and artists are invited to interpret works of art from the permanent collection in innovative and provocative ways. With her Intervention, Pollock explores the Clark's paintings by Alfred Stevens within the broader context of modern art. Stevens's highly finished paintings, often depicting elegantly dressed women in fashionable interiors or garden settings, are some of the most memorable and engaging genre scenes of the late nineteenth century. With twelve paintings, including his Four Seasons, the Clark has one of the most important collections of Stevens's works outside Europe.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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