The Research and Academic Program often collaborates wtih several other institutions by mounting joint seminars that address many of the crucial questions confronting the field of art history that are of interest to both their scholars and the Clark's.
In collaboration with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the following colloquia sought to explore the current issues in history, theory, and criticism in the visual arts.
Preservation and Its Intellectual Framework
January 30 - 31, 2013
Who Are We? Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?
September 25 - 26, 2009
The Work of Art History in the Digital Age
June 27 - 28, 2008
These workshops on "Art History and..." explored contemporary cultural concerns and their effects on the practice of art history from a number of different points of view. The workshops were designed to bring together fellows from the Clark and Getty to address collectively the political, theoretical, and methodological topics that connect art history to a variety of issues in the humanities and social sciences. Taking place both in Williamstown in autumn and the Getty in Los Angeles in the spring, these workshops were devoted to intensive discussion of topical readings and presentations, as well as to critical responses to new papers by the participants on the year's chosen issue.
Contemporaneity in the History of Art
Art History and Environment
Art History and the Present
Art History and Anti-Art
Art History and the Unseen
Art History and the Moving Image
Art History and Biography
Art History and Art Criticism
Art History and Identity
Since 2007, INHA, the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris has worked collaboratively with the Research and Academic Program to sponsor week-long workshops held at the Foundation Hartung-Bergmann in Antibes, France, or at the Clark in Williamstown. The idea of each workshop is to bring scholars at all stages of their careers and from around the world to work intensively on a topic of broad methodological interest to the field of art history. The workshop extends the successful format of Clark colloquia that bring together groups of scholars for extended conversation out of the public glare. The first event was sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation.
Looking at Contemporary Art Through Eyes Trained on the Past
June 27 - July 2, 2011
August 17 - 21, 2009
What is Connoisseurship?
August 17 - 23, 2008
Iconography and Iconology Today
August 19 - 25, 2007
In partnership with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, scholars, architects, curators, and directors of museums were brought together for a two-venue weekend, which started in St. Louis and continued in Williamstown.
Thinking Museums: What Do We Do With the Old Masters?
October 25 - 26, 2008