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Public Events 

The Research and Academic Program organizes a variety of scholarly events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. These events include lectures by our fellows in residence, talks by invited scholars, curatorial roundtables, and other special events, in addition to the biannual Clark Conference.

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September 20, 2022—Read the Story and the Picture with Olivier Bonfait (Université de Bourgogne / Clark Fellow)

October 27, 2022—Nikki A. Greene in Conversation with Multidisciplinary Artist-Curator Tsedaye Makonnen (Futures Fellow)

November 1, 2022—Imperial Data: An Architectural History with Zeynep Çelik Alexander (Columbia University)

November 15, 2022—Indigenous Ecological Science and Photographic Technologies in the West with Jordan Reznick (Getty Research Institute / NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty)

November 30, 2022—Artist Talk on Intersections of Sound, Sculpture, and Theater with Sergei Tcherepnin (Bennington College) 

December 6, 2022—Ruskin Unpossessed with Jeremy Melius (University of Oxford / Michael Ann Holly Fellow)

December 8, 2022—Hilton Als (Recipient of the Clark Prize, 2022) on Diane Arbus in Manhattan

February 7, 2023—Like Trees with Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University / Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow)

February 21, 2023—Thinking Species with Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Critical Race Theory and Visual Culture Fellow)

March 14, 2023—Invisible Hands: Islamic Ceramics and the Colonial Art Market with Margaret S. Graves (Indiana University / Florence Gould Foundation Fellow)

April 4, 2023—Ancient and Modern ‘Body Worlds’ in Description de l'Égypte with Kathryn Howley (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU / Beinecke Fellow)

April 18, 2023—Sound, Space, and Gender in South Asian Sufi Shrines with Shundana Yusaf (University of Utah / The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation Fellow)

April 25, 2023—Darkness at the Limits of the Visible: Norman Lewis, Roy DeCarava, and Black Abstraction in the 1950s with Kobena Mercer (Bard College / Clark Professor, 2022–23)

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RAP also organizes and invites proposals for year-round scholarly colloquia and exhibition concept workshops. These more intimate, semi-private convenings allow for sustained inquiry into a particular subject or theme. You may find more information about how to propose a scholarly convenings here.