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Research and Academic Explore
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.

Public events


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.


Clark Lectures, offered by Clark Fellows, present research to members of the community. 

Due to public health precautions, in fall 2021 these lectures will be made available to the public as prerecorded videos on the dates listed below:

October 19, 2021Dancing Altars: Embodied Visualities in Togolese Sacred Arts with Elyan Jeanine Hill (Southern Methodist University)

October 26, 2021Almost Forgotten: Marginalized Histories in Bahamian Art (1950–1960s) with Keisha Oliver (University of the Bahamas), Clark Fellow

November 2, 2021Advice, Revision, and Obliteration in the Carolingian Manuscript of the Utrecht Psalter with Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College, CUNY), Beinecke Fellow

November 9, 2021Notes on a Decolonial Art History in Latin American and Latinx Art in the 20th and 21st Century with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center), Clark Fellow 

November 16, 2021Visualizing Violence in Early Modern Spanish Naples with Edward Payne (Aarhus University), Center for Spain in America Fellow

December 7, 2021Graphic battles—art as quilombo with Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), Florence Gould Foundation Fellow

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.


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