Visiting Professor to Lecture on Yoruba Culture March 4 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

February 29, 2008

Professor Babatunde Lawal, of Virginia Commonwealth University and Williams College, and the spring 2008 Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, will present ”Making the Spirit Manifest: Art and Life in Yoruba Culture” on Tuesday, March 4 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This free lecture is held at 5:30 pm and sponsored by the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Lawal’s lecture will focus on art in sub-Saharan Africa—specifically how the Yoruba of Nigeria and Republic of Benin use the visual and performing arts to incarnate and communicate with the spiritual and to reinforce their quest for eternal life.

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 $12.50 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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