Talk Ushers in Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill

For Immediate Release
June 27, 2016
Williamstown, MA—Join curators Mark C. Taylor, Professor of Religion, Columbia University, and Henry W. Art, Robert F. Rosenburg Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Williams College, at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 10 at 3 pm for the lecture “Creating Sensing Place.” The lecture will be held in Hunter Studio at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill is on view July 4–October 10, 2016.

Taylor and Art discuss the abiding importance of place at the moment it is disappearing in an era of globalization, urbanization, virtualization, and digitization. Sensing Place asks visitors to reflect on the meaning and value of place through a consideration of the rich natural and cultural history of Stone Hill—a prominent geological formation at the heart of the Clark’s campus—from its geological formation to the present. Artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and naturalists familiar with this special place examine broader concepts of place through objects linked to Stone Hill, including historic maps, photographs, and artifacts.

Sensing Place and its accompanying programs are generously supported by Herbert A. Allen, Jr.

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, with 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; open daily in July and August. 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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