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Spring Fellows to Present Lectures April 3 and May 1 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 27, 2007

Colescott’s Bather Series and entropy as monument are the subjects of two thought-provoking and intriguing topics that will be explored in free lectures during April and May by Clark Fellows at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Clark Fellows’ Lectures are held on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and open to the public.

Clark Fellow Lowery Sims will speak on “Bob Colescott's Bather Series: Beauty Re-Appropriated” on Tuesday, April 3. Lowery is president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and former curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a noted specialist in the field of Euro-American African Art, with particular emphasis on the work of Wilfredo Lam. In addition to authoring numerous significant catalogue essays for the Metropolitan, she has been a frequent contributor to such periodicals as Artforum and Arts Magazine. As a Clark Fellow, she will be examining the phenomena of appropriation and parody in the work of African-American artists, with particular attention to the contextualization of these works within contemporary criticism.

"Entropy as Monument" will be presented by James Meyer on Tuesday, May 1. Meyer is associate professor of art history at Emory University and contributing editor of Artforum. A specialist on the art of the ’60s 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. During his stay at the Clark, Meyer will develop a book of essays on the “sixties return” in contemporary art and art history.

The Clark announced 11 fellows for the 2006-2007 academic year. 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.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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