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RAP symposium

EVENTS

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.

“Making Visible / rachel Ruysch”

Robert Schindler (Birmingham Museum of Art)

Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750) is considered one of the foremost still-life painters of her time, yet research on her life and work lags behind that of many of her male contemporaries. If this is not surprising even for an exceptional female artist like Ruysch, it stands in stark contrast to the fame and fortune she achieved during her long career, which in turn may be the reason she was not excluded altogether—like so many other women artists—from art histories written by men. Ruysch’s life and work provide fascinating avenues for inquiry not only into questions surrounding the conditions, experiences, and legacies of female artists working in the Netherlands in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries but also the (gendered) intersections of art, nature, natural philosophy, and science in the later 1600s. Questions like these will be at the heart of the forthcoming first, major exhibition on Rachel Ruysch. This lecture aims to introduce Ruysch’s career, work, and legacy while tracing the concept of this show.

Robert Schindler is the Fariss Gambrill Lynn and Henry Sharpe Lynn Curator of European Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. He holds a PhD in art history from the Freie Universität in Berlin. His interests and expertise are broad; he has written on subjects ranging from late medieval manuscript illumination to Bartholomeus Bruyn and the history of collecting. At the Clark, he will work on an exhibition project dedicated to Rachel Ruysch and her sister Anna (2023/2024).

This prerecorded lecture is publicly available through June 15.

Upcoming virtual events: Spring 2021 Lectures

Friday, February 26 – Glenn Peers (Syracuse University), “The Mandylion’s Marital and Martial Message Machines”

Friday, March 5 – Timothy Hyde (MIT), “Indifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity”

Friday, March 19 – Robert Schindler (Birmingham Museum of Art), “Making Visible / Rachel Ruysch”

Friday, April 23 – Amy Freund (Southern Methodist University),Man/Animal/Monarch/Nation: Hunting Art and Political Power in Eighteenth-Century France

Closed captioning will be available for each lecture. To request additional accommodations, please email [email protected].

Lectures will be available online through the end of the spring semester.

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.

CONFERENCES

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.

UPCOMING CONFERENCE

Conservation | Making | Art | History – April 8–9, 2021

LECTURES

Clark Lectures, offered by Clark Fellows, present research to members of the community. Due to safety precautions, in spring 2021 fellows’ lectures will be prerecorded and shared on our website on the following Fridays:

Friday, February 26 – Glenn Peers (Syracuse University), “The Mandylion’s Marital and Martial Message Machines”

Friday, March 5 – Timothy Hyde (MIT), “Indifferent Objects: The Architectural Remains of Modernity”

Friday, March 19 – Robert Schindler (Birmingham Museum of Art), “Making Visible / Rachel Ruysch”

Friday, April 23 – Amy Freund (Southern Methodist University), “Man/Animal/Monarch/Nation: Hunting Art and Political Power in Eighteenth-Century France”

Lectures will be available online through the end of the spring semester.

Seminar-style events

COLLOQUIA

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

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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PROPOSE AN EVENT

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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.