The Clark's Research and Academic Program Holds Free Lectures, Public Conversations

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2013

Williamstown, MA—The Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a slate of eight free lectures and public conversations over the next two months. All are held at 5:30 pm and are open to the public.
  • February 26: Bachelor Japanism, a lecture by Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Culture at the Pennsylvania State University. Reed’s current project examines the ways Japanese aesthetics have been used to define non-normative forms of masculinity in the West.
  • March 5: Inside and Outside the Cave: Plato and Visual Politics, a lecture by political theorist Mark Reinhardt, Professor of American Civilization at Williams College. Rheinhardt's current project draws on art history, theory, and practice, as well as the broader field of visual studies, to bring visuality more fully into political science.
  • March 16: Art History and Materiality, a public conversation that concludes a colloquium endeavoring to reveal the material underpinnings of art historical thought, both in its past traditions and in its current practices. The colloquium is convened by Jennifer Jane Marshall, Assistant Professor of North American Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Kate Mondloch, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the University of Oregon.
  • April 2: Re-skilling, Repurposing, and Research in Contemporary Art, a lecture by Claire Bishop, Associate Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Bishop’s publications include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and the edited anthology Participation (2006).
  • April 6: Extraordinary Portraits: Abstracted Identity in American Art, a public conversation that concludes a Clark/Mellon Curatorial Roundtable.
  • April 16: Colored Photographs and White Weddings—A Study of Reception in South Africa, a lecture by John Peffer, a specialist in modern African art and photography and Associate Professor of Art History at Ramapo College. Peffer’s current project examines the vernacular uses of photography in South Africa with special emphasis on hand-colored wedding photographs in Soweto from the 1950s.
  • April 20: Conditions of Visibility in Greek and Roman Art, a public conversation that concludes a Clark/Oakley Colloquium. The colloquium is convened by Jas' Elsner, Guy Hedreen, Richard Neer, and Verity Platt.
  • April 30: Beyond the Skin of Appearance, a lecture by Beat Wyss, Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design. Wyss, a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, is currently working on a project that traces the Platonic legacy in occidental aesthetics.

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, visit or call 413 458 2303.


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