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RAP symposium


RAP organizes and invites proposals for year-round scholarly programs, which allow for sustained inquiry into a particular subject or theme. We welcome topics that challenge traditional expectations for art historical thinking, center new voices, address issues of historical as well as contemporary urgency, and expand the boundaries of the field. These events contribute to a broader understanding of the role of visual art in culture and enrich the intellectual life of the Clark and its surrounding communities.

Futures Fellow jessica vaughn presents, “Depreciating Assets: Studio Practice, Projects, Exhibitions.”

Visual artist Jessica Vaughn will discuss her studio practice, and upcoming projects that focus on the metaphoric and real transmissions between concepts of labor, space, compliance, and race in the workplace. Inclusive of projects from 2017 to the present, Vaughn will highlight artworks currently on view at MASS MoCA, the publication Depreciating Assets (2020), and Untitled (Correspondence) (2020–present), an artwork for the upcoming solo exhibition Our Primary Goal is To Be Successful at the ICA Philadelphia in 2021.

Jessica Vaughn received a BHA from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). Selected solo exhibitions include Our Primary Goal Is to Be Successful (ICA- Philadelphia, PA, 2021); In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing (Dallas Contemporary, TX, 2019); and Receipt of a Form (Martos Gallery, New York, NY, 2017). Upcoming and current group exhibitions include Working Thought (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, 2022); Lost in America (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, 2020); Kissing Through the Curtain (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2020); Who are we are Who (Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany, 2020); and Feelings (Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 2019).

Public events

Art Worlds of Brazil

In this series of monthly lectures, beginning September 2020, foremost experts from Brazil will present on Brazil’s artistic heritage and contemporary culture.


The Clark Conference is an intellectual cornerstone of academic programming. Past conferences have addressed a wide range of subjects—including photography, the anthropologies of art, the role of the art historian, and emerging methodologies in Asian art—while providing an international forum for discussion raised by the study, presentation, and exploration of art. The conferences culminate in the publication of a volume in the ongoing series Clark Studies in the Visual Arts, published by the Clark Art Institute and distributed by Yale University Press.


Conservation | Making | Art | History postponed until spring 2021


Clark Lectures, offered by Clark Fellows, present research to members of the community. Due to safety precautions, in fall 2020 fellows’ lectures will be prerecorded and shared on our website on the following Fridays:

Friday, October 2 – Virginia Burrus, “Curating Earthquakes: Between Ballroom Marfa’s ‘Hyperobjects’ (2018) and Jerome’s Life of St. Hilarion (390)”

Friday, October 23 – Joan Kee, “Black and White, Reconsidered

Friday, November 13 – Saundra Weddle, “The Place-Based Networks of Sex Workers in Early Modern Venice”

Friday, November 20 – Jessica Vaughn, “Depreciating Assets: Studio Practice, Projects, Exhibitions”

Seminar-style events


The Clark sponsors colloquia—small, semi-private gatherings of researchers who wish to discuss topics of mutual interest. Colloquia focus on an array of themes spanning the history and historiography of art. 


Exhibition Concept Workshops allow collaboration among curators who are at the very earliest stage of an exhibition’s development, when the ideas are still germinal. Such a gathering assists curators in deepening and refining the idea driving their exhibition.

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We welcome proposals twice a year for colloquia, exhibition concept workshops, and symposia. We seek ideas for interdisciplinary events that bring to public notice innovative work and research, particularly on topics related to diverse issues and practices that have historically been overlooked or sidelined in the discipline.


All applications submitted by April 1 will receive a decision by June 1 of that year. All applications submitted by October 1 will receive a decision by December 1.

RAP in the Archives

In honor of RAP’s regular Tuesday evening lectures, RAP shared lectures from previous seasons on Tuesdays in spring 2020. To see lectures and updates from former fellows, visit the Archives.