For Immediate Release
November 4, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Spyros Papapetros, a Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, presents the free lecture “The Prearchitectonic Condition: Architecture Before Architecture” on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus. Papapetros’s lecture is based on a new book project titled The Prearchitectonic Condition, which examines the legacy of prehistory in architectural culture from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

Papapetros is associate professor of theory and historiography at the School of Architecture, acting co-director of the Program in Media and Modernity, and member of the Executive Committee of the Program in European Cultural Studies at Princeton University. He studies the intersections between art, architecture, historiography, psychoanalysis, and the history of psychological aesthetics. He is the author of On the Animation of the Inorganic: Art, Architecture, and the Extension of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and the co-editor of Retracing the Expanded Field: Encounters between Art and Architecture (MIT Press, 2014). He is currently completing a second book project titled World Ornament: Adornment on a Global Scale and working on the first published edition of Frederick Kiesler’s book manuscript Magic Architecture.


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 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 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. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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