For Immediate Release
August 12, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE HOSTS MEANDER-THEMED BOOK LAUNCH WITH THE SERVING LIBRARY ANNUAL
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Friday, September 9 at 12 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a virtual conversation celebrating the launch of the 2022–23 meander-themed issue of The Serving Library Annual, co-produced by the Clark. Focused on the meander (the self-avoiding line)—whether in terms of gaming, literature, math, or painting—this talk complements the Clark’s exhibition Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander.
The free event takes place via Zoom. Advance registration is required for the Zoom transmission. For more information and to register, visit clarkart.edu/events. Registrants will receive an email with a private Zoom link before the event.
An international group of essay contributors, the editors of the eclectic cultural journal The Serving Library Annual, and Meander exhibition curator Robert Wiesenberger discuss the current issue and engage in some lively, participatory puzzling. The genesis of the issue was a pre-pandemic proposal for a group show at the Clark, themed on the meander. That project evolved into the two-person exhibition Meander, on view in the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s upper campus through October 16, 2022.
The 2022–23 issue of The Serving Library Annual includes contributions by Yuji Agematsu, Tauba Auerbach, Canal Street Research Association, Tamara Colchester, Laura Coombs, Anuja Dhir, Lauren Elkin, Jason Fulford, Anthony Huberman, Julije Knifer, Philip Ording, Federico Pérez Villoro, Emilie M. Reed, Eden Reinfurt, Ab Rogers, Laurel Schwulst, Mindy Seu, Tamara Shopsin, Hermione Spriggs, and Robert Wiesenberger. It is edited by Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Vincenzo Latronico, David Reinfurt, and Robert Wiesenberger.
Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander pairs new work by Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu across parallel galleries under the rubric of the meander, as both noun and verb, motif and method. For Auerbach, this twisting, self-avoiding line traces global traditions of ornament as much as physical waveforms and space-filling curves in geometry. For Agematsu and his practice of walking, collecting, and archiving, meander implies drift—both his own paths through New York City and those of other people and things. In plainly different ways, both artists study the rules that govern flows of matter and energy in the universe, between chaos and order, intuition and analysis, the minute and the massive.
Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, curator of contemporary projects. Major funding for this exhibition is provided by Agnes Gund and Katherine and Frank Martucci, with additional support from Thomas and Lily Beischer, and Margaret and Richard Kronenberg.
ABOUT THE CLARK
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 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 clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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