Grad Art



Opening Lecture: Picasso’s Creative Collaborations

This talk by Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Sculpture Jay A. Clarke investigates how Picasso’s creative collaborations fueled and strengthened his art. We often think of Pablo Picasso as the ultimate artist genius, working alone in his studio, but he …


Opening Lecture: Orchestrating Elegance

Co-curators Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin share stories behind the creation of the exhibition and show how this project brings back to life one of the great interiors of the Gilded Age.   Sunday, June 4, 2017 3:00 pm-4:30 pm …


Senior Studio Exhibition Reception

As contemporary as it gets, senior studio art students design and produce an exhibition of their work in the final semester of their college careers. Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm Williams College Museum of Art


Clark Conference: Ecologies, Agents, Terrains

The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute presents “Ecologies, Agents, Terrains,” a Clark Conference. What is the place of art and its histories in a time of ecological crisis? This conference will bring together art historians, artists, …


Opening Lecture: Ecologies, Agents, Terrains — Clark Conference

The Clark Conference “Ecologies, Agents, Terrains” begins its two-day conference with a presentation by Ghana ThinkTank. Ghana ThinkTank (GTT) is an artist collective known for its unconventional approach to negotiating social conflicts. Using a blend of public art and community …


Art Department Colloquium: Christopher Heuer

Art Department Faculty Colloquium Christopher Heuer, Acting Director, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute presents “The Savage Episteme.” In 1566 two Inuit captured in Greenland, clad in sealskin and tattoos, were put on public display in the Netherlands. An …


Public Lecture–Mary Roberts: “An Orientalist Gesamtkunstwerk?”

Robert Sterling Clark Professor Mary Roberts presents “An Orientalist Gesamtkunstwerk? Frederic Leighton’s Arab Hall.” Throughout his career British artist Lord Frederic Leighton traveled extensively across the Near East amassing an exceptional collection of Islamic art. Distancing himself from prevailing conventions …


Opening Lecture–Lara Yeager-Crasselt on “Looking North and South”

In this lecture, “Looking Anew at European Prints and Drawings,” curator Lara Yeager-Crasselt introduces the exhibition Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500–1650. Highlighting Dutch, Flemish, German, and Italian prints and drawings from the Clark’s permanent collection, Yeager-Crasselt …


Fellows Lecture–Tamara Sears: “Wilderness Urbanisms”

Clark Fellow Tamara Sears presents “Wilderness Urbanisms: Architecture, Landscape, and Travel in Southern Asia.” In the early 1340s, the sultan of Delhi tasked the famed Moroccan traveler, Ibn Battuta, with the job of accompanying a group of Mongol emissaries on …


Envisioning Curatorial Practice: Sarah Schultz

What does it mean to “curate the social”? Schultz’s talk will explore the role of social interaction and creative participation in contemporary museum practice. Currently an independent curator and public engagement consultant, she served as Director of Education and Curator …


Lynette Wallworth: Collisions

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist known for her immersive multimedia installations, which focus on the interactivity between humans and the natural world. Her most recent work is Collisions, a virtual reality investigation into the first contact between an indigenous Australian …


Clark Colloquium–Art: Creative Care

April 7-9, 2017 Convened by Kaira M. Cabañas (University of Florida) and Suzanne Hudson (University of Southern California) Participants: Lynne Cooke (National Gallery of Art), Ivone Margulies (Hunter College), Briley Rasmussen (Independent Scholar), Ana Maria Reyes (Boston University), Judith Rodenbeck …


Close Look: Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography

Hear from students from the Robert Rauschenberg: Art Archives and Exhibitions course about their experience exploring the archives and developing the exhibition. Thursday, April 6 at 4:00pm Williams College Museum of Art


Fellows Lecture–Delinda Collier: “Natural Media”

Mellon Decade Fellow Delinda Collier presents “Natural Media—Light, Water, and Wind—in Souleymane Cissé’s Finye (1982) and Yeelen (1987) .” Cissé’s un-commonsense proposition about “new” mediums is that they are both reducible to natural media and arbitrarily connected to language. This …


Public Lecture–Julie Nelson Davis: Ukiyo-e Prints: Images of the Floating World

Professor of History of Art Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania, presents a lecture on ukiyo-e (“images of the floating world”) prints, considering their subject matter, networks of production, and the historical context in which they were created. Sunday, March 26, …

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WCMA: Season Celebration

Season Celebration at WCMA of spring exhibitions: Lex and Love, Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography, and Accession Number. March 16, 2017 5 PM    


Fellows Lecture–Ivan Gerát: “Image, Narrative, and Mentality”

Clark Fellow Ivan Gerát presents “Image, Narrative, and Mentality: Recent Perspectives in Approaching Medieval Pictorial Legends.” The role of narratives in creative artistic processes and their influence on the historical functions of images open many fascinating questions in art history …


Ghana ThinkTank Talk: Moroccan and Indonesian Think Tanks

Members of the Moroccan and Indonesian think tanks share their experiences with climate change and talk about the solutions they proposed to Ghana ThinkTank in response to our climate change problems. Reception to follow. B.Y.O.C (bring your own cup). March …


Hybrid Practice Series: Caroline Woolard

Hybrid Practice Series: Caroline Woolard Artist Caroline Woolard’s performative talk should be very engaging (and even surprising!). In particular, she will highlight the role of infrastructure– or organizational systems–in the life cycle of artistic projects. This idea is a critical …


Photography Exhibit: “Endgame Afghanistan”

Endgame Afghanistan In conjunction with the Theater of War, the Gaudino Fund presents a photography exhibit by soldier-turned-photographer Ben Brody. Working primarily for the nonprofit GroundTruth Project, Brody “spent several years embedded in Afghanistan, producing this complex, haunting series, which lays …


Fellows lecture–Jeehee Hong: Framing Affect and Vision in Middle-Period China

Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art Jeehee Hong presents “Framing Affect and Vision in Middle-Period China.” This paper addresses how emotional expressions were shaped in material form through various modes of visual and spatial experiences in middle-period China (ninth–fourteenth …

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Opening Lecture for “An Inner World”: Lara Yeager-Crasselt

In the opening lecture for An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, curator Lara Yeager-Crasselt explores the innovations in genre painting that emerged in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Focusing on the significant developments in subject matter and technique pioneered by …


Walk-through “Accession Number” at WCMA

Accession Number February 16, 2017 – August 20, 2017 Between 1960 and 1962, 396 works of art came into the museum. As with all objects that enter the collection, ancient Egyptian amulets, Chinese Qing dynasty vases, and William Morris Hunt’s …


Art Department Colloquium: Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen

Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, presents Art Department Faculty Colloquium “Beethoven’s Farewell”: The Creative Genius “in the Claws of the Secession.” This talk is drawn from a larger research project that examines a …


Fellows lecture–Marden Fitzpatrick Nichols “The Painted Stage”

Clark/Oakley Fellow Marden Nichols presents “The Painted Stage: Drama in Pictures and Pictures in Drama at Rome.” Despite the undeniable importance of sound and song to dramatic performances, the ancient Romans referred to their audiences as spectatores, or viewers. This …


Site/Border: The Fragility of Narration–a Clark Colloquium

Site/Border: The Fragility of Narration Clark Colloquium February 24-25, 2017 Convened by Avinoam Shalem (Williams College/Columbia) and Christopher Heuer (RAP/Clark) Participants: Yto Barrada (Brooklyn-based artist), Holly Edwards (Williams College), Jérôme Game (Columbia University), Peter Geimer (Freie Universität), Emily Jacir (Palestine-based …


Conversation with Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin: Planning the Burrows Gallery of American Decorative Arts

Kathleen Morris, curator of decorative arts, and Alexis Goodin, curatorial research associate, give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into planning the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery of American decorative arts, an installation over six years in the making. Their conversation …


Ghana Think Tank Project Hub Opening

Ghana Think Tank Opening Celebration! Students from the Public Art and Climate Change winter study course take over WCMA’s rotunda with an immersive installation that responds to the climate change problems collected this past Fall. Bring your own cup to …



Kristen Oehlrich, assistant director of the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, presents a gallery talk focusing on the work of women photographers Julia Margaret Cameron, Anna Atkins, and Gertrude Käsebier, whose work is included in the exhibition Photography and Discovery. …


Jay Clarke-Opening Lecture for “Japanese Impressions”

Exhibition curator Jay A. Clarke provides an introduction to Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, followed by a conversation between Clarke and Adele Rodbell, the collector who made a gift of sixty-three Japanese prints to the …


VaNatta Ford and Brynn Hatton talk on Jean-Michel Basquiat

VaNatta Ford (Assistant Professor, Africana Studies) and Brynn Hatton (Visiting Assistant Professor, Art History) host an informal conversation on Jean-Michel Basquiat and the dynamic cultural spheres that informed his multi-disciplinary practice circa 1983, the year he made “Defacement: The Death …


Film: State of Suspension

The Clark’s Research and Academic Program presents a free screening of State of Suspension (2008, 82 min), Mieke Bal’s experimental documentary of fragments in nine chapters; a provocative and critical look at Israel, sixty years after independence. The screening will …


Tomashi Jackson Artist Lecture

Public lecture by artist Tomashi Jackson, sponsored by the Art Department. Jackson will speak about her new work, The Subliminal is Now, in which she utilizes painting, photography, video, and fibers in order to investigate and visualize the relationships between …


Public Lecture–Robin Kelsey: “Finding Remains: The Process of Discovery in Early Photography”

Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University, presents “Finding Remains: The Process of Discovery in Early Photography,” the opening lecture for Photography and Discovery. Kelsey, a former Clark Professor at …

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Sebastian Smee on The Art of Rivalry

The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning art critic Sebastian Smee visits the Clark to discuss his acclaimed new work, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art. Friday, Nov. 18  7-8:30pm Conforti Pavilion


Looking and Lunching with Lea Stephenson: Hapsburgs and the Traveling Portrait

Take a closer look at a special object in the Clark’s collection with Looking and Lunching, an afternoon of focused investigation and friendly discussion with fellow art lovers. This month, join Lea Stephenson, MA candidate in the Williams Graduate Program …

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Olivier Meslay: Director’s Talk

Olivier Meslay, Felda and Dena Hardymon Director, gives his first public talk since assuming his role earlier this year. Meslay, the fifth director of the Clark, discusses the Institute and his plans for its future. Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:00 pm-2:30 …


Annabelle Selldorf Talk

Annabelle Selldorf, the architect for the Manton Research Center’s redesign, talks about her practice and her work. A conversation follows with curators Kathleen Morris and Jay A. Clarke, librarian Susan Roeper, and Research and Academic Program Director Emeritus Michael Ann …


“Defacement”: Ambivalence, Identity and Black Lives Matter

This program brings together three Basquiat scholars to discuss why this painting matters, what it meant in 1983, and what it means in 2016. Writer and Activist Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 moderates a panel with Pérez Art Museum Director Franklin Sirmans …


Close Look: Not Set in Stone

Walk through the exhibition with curator Elizabeth Gallerani. Hear about the objects’ origins, such as a connection to the Williams College Lyceum of Natural History, founded as a secret society in 1835. Thursday, Nov. 3  4pm WCMA


Conversation: Art After Democracy

Join six senior scholars and artists for the Clark conversation, “Art After Democracy.” This informal gathering centers loosely on post-1989 art to consider the place of critical politics, theory, and the “post-socialist” condition. Scheduled near the eve of the United …


Close Look: Artist Matthew Ronay in Conversation

Curator Anna Kelley ’MA 17 and sculptor Matthew Ronay discuss how themes of violence, debauchery, abstraction, and narrative play out in the exhibition. Thursday, Oct 27 4 pm WCMA

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Scholar lecture: Stephanie Porras, “Maerten de Vos”

Mellon Decade Fellow Stephanie Porras presents “Maerten de Vos and the Renaissance In-between.” Maerten de Vos was a sixteenth-century Flemish artist who worked in Italy, a double convert (to Lutheranism before returning to Catholicism), and an export artist whose work …


The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art: Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes’s work in performance, video, and installation draws from historical examples of activism and protest to interrogate the present political climate. She tackles issues such as gay rights, gender construction, and militarism, often performing archival documentation in new or …


Jennifer Homans and New York City Ballet Dancers

Jennifer Homans, founder and director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet joins dancers from the New York City Ballet for a special conversation about ballet. This program …


Scholar lecture: Avinoam Shalem, “When Nature Becomes Ideology”

Robert Sterling Clark Professor Avinoam Shalem presents “When Nature Becomes Ideology: Disclosing the Ruined Landscapes of Palestine (after 1947).” When Nature Becomes Ideology focuses on the topography of Palestine’s rural landscape after 1947. The modern era and especially the age …


Close Look: David Zink Yi

Curator Lisa Dorin discusses David Zink Yi and Angie Keefer’s collaborative process and the development of the textual component of the installation. Thursday, Oct 13 4 pm WCMA

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Lecture by Shawn Michelle Smith: “Looking Forward and Looking Back: Rashid Johnson and Frederick Douglass on Photography”

This talk comes from Smith’s book in progress, Photographic Returns, which examines contemporary photographers who look back to moments in U.S. history that also became important in the history of photography. Shawn Smith is both a leading photography scholar and …


Catriona MacLeod lecture–What’s the matter with Romantic Sculpture?

In her recent research, Catriona MacLeod (University of Pennsylvania) examines the question of why sculpture is both intensively discussed and yet rendered immaterial in German literature. She focuses on three forms of disappearance: sculpture’s vanishing as a legitimate art form …


David Zink Yi Performance and Opening Celebration

The exhibition launches with the performance by Zink Yi based on a text developed collaboratively with artist and writer Angie Keefer. Along with four musicians, Zink Yi activates wooden sound objects in the installation. Thursday, October  6 5:00 pm WCMA

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Scholar Lecture: Martha Buskirk, “The Convenient Fiction of Authors”

Clark Fellow Martha Buskirk presents “The Convenient Fiction of Authorship (On the Interwined Fortunes of Art and Copyright).” Arguing that it is impossible to understand modern and contemporary art without taking into account articulations of intangible value that are the …


Rehearsal in Progress: David Zink Yi

We’ll open up the gallery for a half hour and invite you behind the scenes to see David Zink Yi and his fellow musicians prepare for the opening performance. Tuesday, Oct 4, 1:10 – 1:40 pm Wednesday, Oct 5, 11:00 …


Sensing Place Symposium

This symposium will explore the question of place in art, literature, philosophy, cultural geography, and environmentalism. Participants will engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue that will explore the importance of place for personal and social identity, and consider the local, national, …


Conversation With Susana Martinez-Conde

Dr. Martinez-Conde will use paintings from the exhibition Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado to talk about behavioral insights developed by Old Masters and how they used or challenged perceptual cues in their work. The program is hosted …


Close Look: How does climate change affect YOU?

Think tanks in Indonesia and Morocco await your response. Curator Sonnet Coggins and Terence Washington MA ’17 will fire up the mobile unit to collect your climate change problems and update you on the unfolding project. Thursday, Sept 29, 2016 …


A Clark Symposium: Whose Nudes?

“Whose Nudes? Painting, Collecting, Displaying the Body in Early Modern Europe” is a scholarly symposium held in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition, Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado. This event brings together a group of international scholars, specializing in …


Looking at Lunchtime: Nymphs and Satyrs with Guy Hedreen

In this talk by Guy Hedreen, professor of art at Williams College, we explore aspects of nature, gender, and sexuality in several pictures of these demigods in the exhibition from the Prado. September 21st 12:30-1:00pm The Clark’s Special Exhibition Galleries


WCMA 118: The Aesthetics of Evolution: Natural and Sexual Selection in the Era of Abbott Handerson Thayer

Join Luana Maroja, Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College, in exploring camouflage and the role that it plays in natural and sexual selection through the lens of “Not Theories but Revelations:” The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer.

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WCMA 111: Markets and Museums: The Economics of Aesthetics

Join Stephen Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics at Williams College, in examining how museum exhibitions and installations impact the art market, as well as the intersections between aesthetics and economics.

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WCMA 104: After Images: Photography and Its Shifting Stories

Join Emilie Boone, Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Williams College Museum of Art, in an exploration of the stories that photographs can tell and how these stories can expand and even change form over time.

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WCMA 128: State of the Art/ Art of the State

Join Christina Simko, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College, in thinking through the many ways that art reproduces, resists, or reformulates cultural and political narratives in the context of the exhibition African Art Against the State.

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WCMA 121: Labeling: A History Lesson

Join Katarzyna Pieprzak, Chair and Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature at Williams College, for a discussion of the implications of museum classification systems and a shake-up of the WCMA taxonomies. Thursday, July 21 from 4:00 PM to …

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WCMA 114: Museum: The Gathering

Join David Gurçay-Morris, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Williams College, for an immersive performance about the nature of cultural evolution and the possibility for art to be democratic. Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Williams College Museum of Art.

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Creating “Sensing Place”

Join curators Mark C. Taylor, Professor of Religion at Columbia University, and Henry W. Art, Robert F. Rosenburg Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Williams College, for the opening lecture of Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill. Sunday, July 10, 2016, 3:00 pm-4:30 …


WCMA 107: Enlivening Texture & Textile in Art

Join Deborah Brothers, Costume Designer and Lecturer in Theatre at Williams College for a mini-course on artists’ renderings of texture, form, and movement  and how they beckon the viewer to respond with the body. Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 4:00 PM to …

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Nudity and Nakedness in Renaissance Europe

University of Edinburgh art historian and Renaissance specialist Jill Burke explores the emergence and evolution of the nude in the Renaissance. SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016 3:00 pm-4:30 pm MICHAEL CONFORTI PAVILION


THE ART OF FLAMENCO–performance and lecture

One of Spain’s greatest flamenco dancers, Belén Maya, presents a lecture and demonstration of the art of flamenco with guitarist José Luis Rodríguez and cantaor (singer) Alfonso Cid.   MEMBER22.00 per GENERAL ADMISSION25.00 per STUDENT5.00 per SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2016 …


Public lecture: Unveiling the Nude: The Story of Splendor, Myth, and Vision

Miguel Falomir, deputy director of the Museo Nacional del Prado, Tom Loughman, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (formerly associate director at the Clark), and Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Clark interim curator of paintings and sculpture, reveal the …

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Frank Oakley to lecture: Savonarola and the Florentine Millennial Dream

Francis Oakley, interim director of the Clark and a noted historian, presents “In the Footsteps of Fra Angelico: Savonarola and the Florentine Millennial Dream.” Oakley addresses the dramatic rise and tragic fall of Girolamo Savonarola (1452–98) as a religious reformer …


Meredith Chilton Lecture: Stolen Secrets: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Du Paquier

Porcelain expert Meredith Chilton discusses the whimsical and exuberant porcelain produced in Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier’s eighteenth-century Viennese porcelain factory, highlighting examples from the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Collection that are currently on loan to the Clark. Sunday, May 22, …


Sharon Rotbard Lecture – White City Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Lecture by Sharon Rotbard, Israeli architect, author, and publisher. The history of Tel Aviv, presented for a moment as an architectural history, can be seen as a part of a wider process in which the physical shaping of Tel Aviv and …


Judith M. Lenett Memorial Lecture

Julia Silverman, Judith M. Lenett Memorial Fellow, Williams College M.A. Class of 2016, presents the results of her year-long conservation work in the 22nd Annual Lenett Lecture. Her project at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) involves the research and …

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