For Immediate Release
September 14, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Sunday, October 1, the Clark Art Institute hosts a conversation with exhibiting artist Christine Howard Sandoval and scholar Jessica L. Horton. They discuss genocide as climate change at 1 pm in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Howard Sandoval, an artist featured in the Humane Ecology: Eight Positions exhibition, presents a screening of her video Niniwas- to belong here, 2022 (12:23 minutes) and a discussion with Horton on a paper they recently co-authored: “‘Genocide is Climate Change’: A Conversation about Colonized California and Indigenous Futurism.” Howard Sandoval, who lives and works in Vancouver, is an enrolled citizen of the Chalon Indian Nation of California; Horton is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware and a former Clark fellow.

Humane Ecology: Eight Positions features artists who explore the inseparability of the natural and social. Each represents a distinct approach and place, or position, but all think in ecological terms—that is, about the complex relationships between living things and their environments. In doing so, they challenge ideas of “nature” as something separate from humans. They also center humans who have often been marginalized in discussions of the environment. Through sculpture, video, sound installation, and plantings, these artists illuminate patterns of cultivation and care, migration and adaptation, extraction and exploitation that span historical, geographical, and species lines. On view through October 29, 2023, the exhibition is presented in outdoor and indoor spaces at the Clark, including both the Clark’s Conforti Pavilion and the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.

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Humane Ecology: Eight Positions is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, curator of contemporary projects.

This exhibition is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel. Major funding is provided by Maureen Fennessy Bousa and Edward P. Bousa, with additional funding from Girlfriend Fund and Agnes Gund.

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 some 300,000 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. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also 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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