VIDEO INSTALLATION ARTIST JENNIFER STEINKAMP TO JOIN IN CONVERSATION WITH CLARK ART INSTITUTE SENIOR CURATOR ESTHER BELL

June 14, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Esther Bell, the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator at the Clark Art Institute, welcomes Los Angeles-based media and installation artist Jennifer Steinkamp for a one-on-one conversation on Saturday, June 30 at 11 am. The talk, free and open to the public, will take place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

The conversation is held in conjunction with the Clark’s inaugural video exhibition, Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye, on view in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill from June 30–October 8, 2018. The six works in the exhibition include a new projection, Blind Eye, conceived by the artist to interact with the Clark’s 140-acre setting and the architecture of the Lunder Center.

Steinkamp’s cutting-edge art engages with one of the oldest themes in art history—nature. By deconstructing and re-engineering computer code, the artist utilizes the abstract language of technology to create vibrant images rooted in the natural world. Branches, leaves, and flowers intertwine and overlap in her animations, transfixing viewers with twisting and changing color.

The work of Jennifer Steinkamp (b. 1958) has been featured in exhibitions across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is included in numerous public and private collections. She is a professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. Her recent solo exhibitions include Winter Fountains (Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia), Digital Nature (Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid), and Jennifer Steinkamp (Portland Art Museum, Portland).

Generous contributors to Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye include Maureen Fennessy Bousa and Edward P. Bousa and Amy and Charlie Scharf.

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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.
 
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