Free Fellows Lectures Begin September 18 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 07, 2007

From art and Eros in the 1960s to Bacchus and Christ in Italian Renaissance painting, thought-provoking and intriguing topics will be explored this fall in free lectures by Clark Fellows at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Clark lectures are open to the public and held on selected Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.

Clark Fellow Martin Donougho will present "What's Distinctive about Aesthetic Distinction?" on September 18. Donougho is professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina and has contributed numerous chapters, articles, and encyclopedia entries to a variety of anthologies and journals in the fields of philosophy, literature, aesthetics, and art criticism. Donougho’s project at the Clark—"Discriminating Aesthetics: On the Formation of Discourse About Art"—follows three narrative lines: a genealogy of aesthetic distinction, the explication of a specifically Romantic aesthetic, and deconstructive critiques of art and aesthetics.

On October 2 Clark Fellow Johanne Lamoureux will present "Meat and the Matter of Modernity." Lamoureux, professor in the department of art history and film studies at the University of Montreal, has been widely published, most especially within the field of contemporary art history, criticism, and theory. She has curated several exhibitions in major Canadian museums and has contributed to an extensive list of prominent exhibition catalogues, book chapters, and journal articles. While at the Clark, Lamoureux will take up her investigation of how visual and literary re/presentations of meat construct a motif that is an emblematic locus of modernity.

"Cross (Un)Dressing: Art and Eros in the Sixties" will be explored by Clark Fellow Jonathan D. Katz on October 16. Katz is well known as a scholar within the field of American art history and as an author at the forefront of visual and gender studies. Writings most especially on Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage appear as chapters in several anthologies and as articles in a variety of periodicals. He is author of Andy Warhol (1993) and Robert Raushchenberg: Gifts to Terry Van Brunt (2004). At the Clark, Katz’s principal project concerns the first global social history of the power of Eros in the art of the 1960s.

The Clark announced 18 fellows for the 2007-2008 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 daily July 1 through September 16, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September 17 through June 30). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, 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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