For Immediate Release
November 11, 2016

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University, presents the free lecture “Finding Remains: The Process of Discovery in Early Photography” at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm in the Clark’s auditorium. The talk is the opening lecture for the Clark’s special exhibition Photography and Discovery, on view through February 5, 2017 in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper in the Manton Research Center.
Kelsey’s talk focuses on works in the exhibition and addresses issues raised in his book Photography and the Art of Chance (Harvard University Press, 2015).
A former Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College and former Clark Fellow, Kelsey holds a PhD from Harvard University and a JD from Yale Law School. He is a specialist in the histories of photography and American art and has published on such topics as the role of chance in photography, geographical survey photography, landscape theory, ecology and historical interpretation, picture theory, and the nexus of art and law.
Photography and Discovery is supported by a grant from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
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 270,000 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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