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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.

Man/Animal/Monarch/Nation: Hunting Art and Political Power in Eighteenth-Century France

Amy Freund (Southern Methodist University)

This talk analyzes the royal hunt and its visual representations in eighteenth-century France, and makes an argument for the political and aesthetic efficacy of hunting art in establishing the king’s authority, codifying elite masculinity, and justifying the expansion of the nation’s borders. Hunting art’s visual strategies—dependent on dogs, guns, and violence—are not particularly congruent with our understanding of Rococo aesthetics, or of the early Enlightenment. But these themes, embraced with equal enthusiasm by the monarchy and its artists, inspired an outpouring of artworks in every genre and medium between 1700 and 1750. At this crucial moment in French history, France was expanding its colonial empire, the absolute monarchy existed in tension with ambitious noble and non-noble elites, and the Enlightenment was eroding old certainties about selfhood and society. Hunting art, more convincingly than any other genre of art production, provided a visual language of personal and national sovereignty that intervened in these debates and literally naturalized claims to political authority.   

Amy Fruend is an associate professor and Kleinheinz Endowment for the Arts and Education Endowed Chair in art history at Southern Methodist University. Her first book, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France (Penn State University Press, 2014), examines the uses of portraiture to reformulate personal and political identity during the French Revolution. At the Clark, she will be completing her second book, Noble Beasts: Hunters and Hunted in Eighteenth-Century French Art, which argues for the centrality of hunting art to late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French art, and explores its impact on Enlightenment notions of the human self and political authority.

This prerecorded lecture is publicly available through June 15.

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.