For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Matthew Jesse Jackson, Beinecke Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, presents a free lecture entitled “Everythingism” on Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
According to Jackson, it could be argued that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation). Instead, he asserts, the true art of our time might best be described as being distinguished by activities that employ everything to evoke everything by means of everything.
Matthew Jesse Jackson teaches modern and contemporary art at the University of Chicago. He is editor and co-translator of Ilya Kabakov: On Art (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press, 2018), the author of The Experimental Group: Ilya Kabakov, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet Avant-Gardes (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and co-author of Vision and Communism (New Press, 2011). For the past dozen years he has been involved with Our Literal Speed, a text and art undertaking located in Selma, Alabama. His current writing project at the Clark is called Vernacular Modernism All Over the Deep South. 
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 daily through September 4, 10 am to 5 pm. After September 4, galleries are open Tuesday–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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