For Immediate Release
March 8, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program (RAP) hosts two public events as part of its Imprinting Race Colloquium, a two-day program exploring the intersections between race and printmaking. On Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 pm, RAP presents an artist’s talk by printmaker Curlee Raven Holten. On Friday, March 18 at 3 pm, RAP hosts a roundtable discussion featuring a noted panel of colloquium participants. Each event will be held in the Clark’s auditorium as well as livestreamed. These programs are free but advance registration to receive the livestream link is required.

Imprinting Race: Artist’s Talk by Curlee Raven Holton
March 17, 2022
Master printmaker Curlee Raven Holton, executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, explores the ways in which race influences and informs his artistic practice.

Prior to the talk, attendees are invited to join a reception in the Manton Research Center’s Reading Room at 5 pm.

Imprinting Race: A Roundtable Discussion on the Materiality of Print and the Making of Race
March 18, 2022
This roundtable explores the role of printmaking in tangibly shaping and challenging ideas of racial difference. Motivated by colonial encounters and the later, widespread institution of chattel slavery in the Atlantic world, early modern Europeans and their inheritors sought to materialize race to ground social hierarchy in physical, bodily difference. The participants of this conversation will consider two important strands of recent art-historical scholarship on materiality and the production of race, exploring the question: how have the constitution of matrix and print shaped different conceptions of surfaces and bodies?

Participants include Horace Ballard (Harvard Art Museums), Layla Bermeo (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Jennifer Chuong (Harvard University), Jase Clark (Raven Fine Art Editions), Thadeus Dowad (University of California, Berkeley), Kailani Polzak (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Curlee Raven Holton (Lafayette College and Raven Fine Art Editions).

This event will be followed by a reception in the Manton Research Center’s Reading Room.

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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 285,000 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. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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