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Hollis Clayson reflects on long relationship with the Clark and Williamstown

For Immediate Release

August 5, 2014

Williamstown, MA—The free lecture “A Decade in League with the Clark: A Story of Better Art History between Evanston and Williamstown in Nine Acts” will be held Sunday, August 17 at 3 pm at the Clark Art Institute.

Hollis Clayson, professor of art history and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, shares how her long relationship with the Clark has helped to shape her recent scholarship and perspectives on art. Over a period of ten years, Clayson engaged with the Clark in a number of ways: she was twice a Clark Scholar; the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor (2005) in and an external reviewer of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art; the co-curator of the Electric Paris exhibition at the Clark; and the co-organizer of the Clark symposium Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century? The Painting of Modern Life Now.

Clayson is an art historian who specializes in nineteenth-century Europe, especially France, and transatlantic exchanges between France and the United States.

The lecture is the fourth in the “Clark Inspired” series, which celebrates people whose careers have been influenced by the Clark and by the Williamstown art community.


The Clark Art Institute 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, open to the public with more than 240,000 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 opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of Stone Hill Center, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Opening season hours: Galleries open daily from July 4 through October 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays in July and August until 7 pm). From October 14, 2014 through June 30, 2015: Galleries open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20 through October 31, 2014 and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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