February 19, 2019
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program and Mellon Network Fellow Kris Cohen present the free lecture “Alma Thomas and the Graphical Picture Plane” on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Cohen describes how Expressionist painter Alma Thomas’s (American, 1891–1978) Earth Paintings address, in ways both belied and surprisingly revealed by the language of abstraction, nascent configurations of the computer screen and the forms of labor and personhood associated with those configurations.

Kris Cohen is associate professor of art and humanities at Reed College. He works on the relationships among art, economy, and media technologies, focusing especially on the aesthetics of collective life. His first book, Never Alone, Except for Now (Duke University Press, 2017), addresses these concerns in the context of electronic networks.


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 275,000 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; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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