For Immediate Release
February 7, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS LECTURE ON CLASSIFICATION AND CONQUEST
IN THE NAPOLEONIC DESCRIPTION DE L’ÉGYPTE
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, February 23 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a lecture by Liza Oliver, associate professor of art at Wellesley College, who discusses the Description de l’Égypte (1809–1820). The talk is presented in conjunction with the Clark’s Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France exhibition, on view through March 12.
The Description de l’Égypte (1809–1820) is a monumental compilation of engravings and essays about the pharaonic past, modern state, and natural history of Egypt that ushered in the discipline of modern Egyptology as we know it. Born out of Napoleon’s violent occupation of the country in 1798, the Description de l’Égypte highlights the close connection between Enlightenment-inspired classification projects and Europe’s imperial and colonial ambitions of the period.
Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
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 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 clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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