For Immediate Release
November 18, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program hosts a talk by Hilton Als, art critic for The New Yorker and one of the 2022 recipients of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. Als’s talk, “Diane Arbus in Manhattan,” examines an element that rarely features in discussions of Diane Arbus’ work: the city itself. Als sees Manhattan, where Arbus grew up and raised her children, as central to the photographer’s exploration of its various citizens and formative for her interest in marginalization. Arbus knew that if she did not record these worlds, they would not get seen. The talk takes place in the Clark’s auditorium and is free and open to the public. A reception in the Manton Research Center Reading Room at 5 pm precedes the program. 

Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1994 and a theatre critic in 2002. Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2017, Als received Lambda Literary’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature in 2016. He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. He was awarded the Clark Prize in June 2022. Currently, Als serves as the 2022–23 Clark Professor in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.

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The next Research and Academic Program lecture is Jonathan Flatley’s “Like Trees” on Tuesday, February 7 at 5:30 pm.

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. 

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