The Clark Invites Public to a Conversation with Darby English, Director of Research and Academic Program

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2013

Williamstown, MA—Darby English, the newly appointed Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program (RAP) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, engages in a conversation with RAP Associate Director David Breslin on Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 pm. The conversation is free and open to the public and will be held at Stone Hill Center.
The conversation will touch on English’s intellectual interests and his past and current writing projects.

As Starr Director, English leads the program’s international agenda of intellectual events and collaborations and oversees the Clark’s library and its active residential scholars’ program, all based on the Institute’s 140-acre campus. English graduated from Williams College in 1996 with a degree in art history and philosophy and earned a doctorate in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester in 2002. He taught modern and contemporary art and cultural studies at the University of Chicago from 2003 until assuming the Starr Director position. Previously, he served as the assistant director of the Research and Academic Program from 1999 through 2003.

English is the author of How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (MIT Press, 2007). In addition to numerous articles, essays, and reviews, English is also a co-editor of Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (MIT Press, 2003; republished Rizzoli, 2007). He is currently completing work on a new book, 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, which studies social experiments with modernist art undertaken over a period just prior to that year.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, or call 413 458 2303. The Clark’s library is closed for renovation through September 3, 2013.

Amanda Powers
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