August 28, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Beatriz Colomina, Holly Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture, “The Secret Life of Modern Architecture or We Don't Need Another Hero” on Tuesday, September 11 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
The secrets of modern architecture, Colomina asserts, are like those of a family. Women are the ghosts of modern architecture—everywhere present and crucial, but strangely invisible. But it is not just a question of adding a few names, or even hundreds, to the history of architecture. Instead it is opening the field to its own productive complexity.
Beatriz Colomina is professor of architecture and director of the media and modernity program at Princeton University. Her books include Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (Lars Muller, 2016), The Century of the Bed (Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2015), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg Press, 2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (Actar, 2011), Domesticity at War (The MIT Press, 2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (The MIT Press, 1994), and Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992). She has curated the exhibitions Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006), Playboy Architecture (2012) and Radical Pedagogies (2014) and the Istanbul Design Biennial (2016). At the Clark she will be working on the question of collaboration.


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 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. 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 or call 413 458 2303.
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