For Immediate Release
September 20, 2016
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program welcomes Clark Fellow Martha Buskirk for her lecture, “The Convenient Fiction of Authorship (On the Interwined Fortunes of Art and Copyright)” on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30 pm. The free lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
Buskirk, professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, explores issues of authorship, ownership, and public interest accentuated by their intersection. Her fellowship at the Clark involves a project focused on art and law, including artists’ rights advocacy, intellectual property, and potential conflicts between proprietary control and public interest.
Buskirk has taught at Montserrat since 1994. She is author of Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace (Continuum, 2012) and The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (MIT Press, 2003), and she is co-editor of The Duchamp Effect (with Mignon Nixon, MIT Press, 1996) and The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents (with Clara Weyergraf-Serra, MIT Press, 1990).
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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