For Immediate Release
October 18, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute hosts a Clark Conference, Beyond Boundaries: Seeing Art History from the Caribbean. The conference begins at 9 am in the Clark’s auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Why has art history—a discipline often defined by its relationship with shifting terrains of theoretical critique and analysis—been slow to engage with Caribbean writers and thinkers, to take seriously their multidisciplinary, multi-theoretical, and multi-lingual voices? This conference asks what a deep engagement with the nuances of Caribbean intellectual thought could mean for art history.

Speakers include:

Anna Arabindan-Kesson (co-convener), assistant professor of African American and Black diasporic art
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory; professor of Africana studies and history of art and architecture; director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Petrina Dacres, curator and head of art history, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Kingston, Jamaica

Aldeide Delgado, founder and director, Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA)

Andil Gosine, professor, environmental arts & justice coordinator
York University, Toronto

Yanique Hume, lecturer in cultural studies
University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados

Deborah Jack, artist, associate professor of art
New Jersey City University, Jersey City

Erica Moiah James, assistant professor of African, Black & Caribbean Art
University of Miami

patricia kaersenhout, artist
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Daniella Rose King, adjunct curator of Caribbean diasporic art
Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, London

Charl Landvreugd, artist
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Tessa Mars, artist and resident fellow (2020–2022)
Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Wayne Modest (co-convener), head of research, National Museum of Worldcultures, and director of content, Wereldmuseum
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

María Elena Ortiz, curator
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Jerry Philogene, associate professor of American studies
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Marcel Pinas, artist

Veerle Poupeye, independent curator
Kingston, Jamaica

Adrienne Rooney, PhD candidate in art history
Rice University, Houston

Nicole Smythe-Johnson, independent curator, PhD candidate in art history
The University of Texas at Austin

David Scott, Ruth and William Lubic Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University, New York City

Andrea Chung, artist
San Diego, California

Free; advance registration is not required. For more information, visit

This program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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 or call 413 458 2303. 

Use of facemasks is optional for all visitors. For details on health and safety protocols, visit

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