January 19, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Due to popular demand, the Clark Art Institute has scheduled a simulcast of artist Titus Kaphar’s free lecture, “Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art,” on Thursday, February 1 at 2 pm. The simulcast will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, located in the Clark Center. Seating is extremely limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; plan to arrive early. Doors open for seating at 1:30 pm.
Kaphar’s lecture explores topics sometimes overlooked in a museum context and considers the questions: Can art amend history? Is it possible to create new artifacts from the physical residues and inadequacies of the past?
The lecture is part of Claiming Williams Day, a campus-wide program at Williams College that focuses on building and sustaining a more inclusive community. Preferred seating for the live event in the Clark’s auditorium is available on a first-come, first-served basis to holders of valid Williams College IDs. For additional information, call the box office at 413 458 0524.
Kaphar’s lecture is presented by Ephs at the Clark and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) Think Tank, two Williams College organizations that connect students to museums through student-led programs and opportunities that offer enriching experiences in the visual arts. His visit is underwritten by the Clark, WCMA, and Claiming Williams Day.
Mixed media artist Titus Kaphar explores race, criminality, and social justice in his work, often appropriating accepted styles and media to include stories of those traditionally excluded from art history. His recent TED Talk “Can Art Amend History?” sparked vibrant debate about the role of underrepresented voices in art history and in museums. It has been viewed more than a million times since it was delivered it in April 2017.
Kaphar was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Art and is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship. His work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum, New York; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Since 2015 he has been represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in Kinderhook, New York. He lives and works between New York and New Haven, Connecticut.

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. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Museums for All; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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