Clark Conference to Focus on Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies May 4 and 5

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (April 26, 2001) - "Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies" is the topic for the 2001 Clark Conference, offered at the Clark Art Institute on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The conference brings together scholars from around the world to address the role of aesthetic theory in the study of art and visual culture, examining the ways in which aesthetics has been integrated into the history of art and challenged by visual studies, now and in the past. Tickets are $25 per day, $15 per day for members, and $5 per day for students. For a complete program or to register, call 413-458-2303, extension 324. Included in the group of distinguished scholars speaking at the conference are Horst Bredekamp of Humboldt University, Berlin, Irene Winter of Harvard University, Kobena Mercer of Middlesex University, Karen Lang of the University of Southern California, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann of Princeton University, Philip Fisher of Harvard University, Jonathan Gilmore of Columbia University, Michael Kelly of Columbia University, Griselda Pollock of the University of Leeds, Ivan Gaskell of the Harvard University Art Museums, Nicholas Mirzoeff of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stephen Melville of The Ohio State University, Hal Foster of Princeton University, and W. J. T. Mitchell of the University of Chicago.  The Clark Conference is presented by the Clark's division of Research and Academic Programs.

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

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