For Immediate Release
March 14, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS OPENING LECTURE ON
PORTALS: THE VISIONARY ARCHITECTURE OF
(Williamstown, Massachusetts)— On Saturday, April 8 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a lecture by exhibition curator Robert Wiesenberger on Paul Goesch, the subject of Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch, on view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper through June 11, 2023. The free talk is presented in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
Goesch (1885–1940) produced one of the most inventive, peculiar, and poignant bodies of work to emerge from Weimar Germany. An artist and architect, he made both fanciful figurative drawings and visionary architectural designs. The latter, in a riot of colors, drip with invented ornament and resemble little made then or since. Goesch was a valued member of the Expressionist circles of the 1920s even as he struggled with schizophrenia—a condition for which he was institutionalized, and ultimately murdered by the Nazis. On the occasion of the first solo presentation of his work in North America, and first monograph in English, this talk presents Goesch’s practice and explores the resonances of his work in the histories of art, architecture, and psychology.
Free; no registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, curator of contemporary projects. It is based on the Paul Goesch collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.
This exhibition is made possible by Katherine and Frank Martucci.
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 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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