November 13, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Jill Casid, Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture “Necrolandscaping on the Border” on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Casid’s lecture is based on work in progress for her current book project, Necrolandscaping, which draws on current artistic experimentation that confronts and works through the damage of the landscape form. Her term “necrolandscaping” offers a new ars moriendi (art of dying) that contests and endeavors to transform the necropolitical conditions—i.e., the power and capacity to dictate who may live and who may die—of settler colonial occupation.

Jill H. Casid is professor of visual studies in the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since the publication of Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonization (Minnesota, 2005), which received the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss award, she continues to write on postcolonial, queer, and feminist approaches to landscape while pursuing work on the materializing effects of imaging with Scenes of Projection: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (Minnesota, 2015) and approaches to the global with Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (Clark Art Institute, 2014). As the Clark-Oakley Fellow, she is completing Necrolandscaping, the first part of a two-book project on Form at the Edges of Life.

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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily in July and August and Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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