The Clark's Research and Academic Program Announces Schedule of Events

For Immediate Release

September 05, 2013

Williamstown, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program (RAP), led by newly appointed Starr Director Darby English, announces a full schedule of events through December. All events are free and open to the public, and all are held at Stone Hill Center unless otherwise noted.

Clark Conversation with Darby English
September 12, 5:30 pm

RAP Director Darby English engages in a conversation with RAP Associate Director David Breslin.

Clark Lecture: “Feedback: Notes on the Behavioral Turn”
September 24, 5:30 pm

Clark Fellow Judith Rodenbeck, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sarah Lawrence College, lectures.
Lecture: “Piero della Francesca's Madonna Enthroned with Four Angels: The Spiritual Perspective of Her Heavenly Palace” 
September 27, 5:30 pm
Samuel Edgerton, Amos Lawrence Professor Art History Emeritus, Williams College, kicks off the Clark’s Symposium “Science, Ethics, and the Transformations of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.” The della Francesca painting will be on view at the Stone Hill Center galleries, which remain open until 5:30 pm that day.

Clark Symposium: Science, Ethics, and the Transformations of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries”
September 28, 9:30 am

This Clark Symposium—convened by Herbert L. Kessler, The Johns Hopkins Universityand Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University, Tempeexamines developments in later-medieval art as part of the same continuum of transformations that were taking place in natural philosophy and moral theology. The Symposium will be held in the Clark’s auditorium; a reception follows at 5:30 pm.

Clark Lecture: “Campo Urbano, September 21, 1969” 
October 1, 5:30 pm

Clark Fellow Romy Golan, Professor of Art History at the Graduate Center and Lehman College of the City University of New York, lectures.

Clark Conversation with Georges Didi-Huberman
October 8, 5:30 pm

Philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman engages in a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his intellectual pursuits, and his scholarship.

Clark Lecture: “Over the Top: On Some Dynamics of the Visual and Verbal Sublime (and Writing about It)”
October 22, 5:30 pm
Clark Fellow Ian Balfour, a professor of English and of Social and Political Thought at York University, lectures.

Clark Lecture: “Were There Women Artists in Modern China?”
November 5, 5:30 pm

Clark Fellow Francesca Dal Lago, associate researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l'Asie Orientale (CRCAO), Paris, lectures.

Clark Conversation with Julie Ault
November 13, 5:30 pm

Julie Ault, an artist best-known for her work with the collective Group Material, discusses her practice and current projects with RAP Associate Director David Breslin. This event will be held in the Clark’s auditorium.

Lecture: “Imaging Amazons: In and Out of Africa”
November 19, 5:30 pm

Clark Fellow Suzanne Preston, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, lectures.

Clark Lecture: “‘Everything I See Needs Rearranging’: Media and Experience in Los Angeles, 1964–1971”
December 3, 5:30 pm     
Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow and Clark Mellon Curatorial Fellow Roberto Tejada,Professor of Art History and Distinguished Endowed Chair in the Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture program (RASC/a) at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, lectures.

Robert Sterling Clark Professor Lecture: “Nature Imitates Nature: Paradoxes of Intention and Artifice in Early Modern Europe”
December 10, 5:30 pm  
Rebecca Zorach, Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, lectures.

About the Research and Academic Program (RAP)

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute offers an independent research and academic program designed to encourage fresh approaches to the understanding of objects and issues from a variety of periods and genres of art. Clark Conferences, Symposia, Lectures, Seminars, Colloquia, and Conversations focus on vital topics in the field, addressing questions that contribute to a broader public understanding of the role of visual art in culture. The Clark also awards visiting fellowships and cosponsors the Graduate Program in the History of Art with Williams College.

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 Tuesday–Sunday through September 8. Galleries are closed September 9–20; Stone Hill Center galleries open September 21. Admission is $15 through September 8; call 413 458 2303 for additional admission information. Admission is 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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