Events

The Resonant Object: A Symposium to Honor Charles W. Haxthausen

Nearly twenty years after the landmark Clark Conference “The Two Art Histories,”  graduates from the Williams-Clark program will gather to honor its former director, and to consider the intellectual, vocational, and pedagogical challenges posed by the art object with new and fresh eyes. Friday, May 18th 5:30-8:30pm  & Saturday, May… Continue reading »

Lecture: Drawing and Experimentation from Van Gogh to Pollock

In the opening lecture for Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection, Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, addresses the liberation of drawing between the 1880s to the 1950s as the medium’s function shifted from preparatory to independent. Saturday, February 3, 2018  3-4pm… Continue reading »

Opening Lecture: The Impressionist Line–Jay Clarke

In the opening lecture for the special exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke considers the hallmarks of “the impressionist line” by exploring works from the exhibition, including luminous color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, aquatints by Mary… Continue reading »

Object Lab Close Look Tour

Join Professor Nicolas Howe and students from his Environmental Humanities course as they discuss how culture shapes the representation and experience of landscape. Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00pm Williams College Museum of Art… Continue reading »

People’s History of Performance Art

What’s the difference between theatre and performance art? When do objects “act” better than actors? Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono? Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Continue reading »

Lecture: Spyros Papapetros–“Ornament and Evolution”

Spyros Papapetros, associate professor of history and theory of architecture at Princeton University, presents “Ornament and Evolution.” Enmeshed with the life histories of flourishing or atrophying social, political, and cultural organisms, turn-of-the-century discussions of the controversial topic of ornamentation invited a number of analogies with evolutionist theories as reinvented… Continue reading »

Season Celebration at WCMA

Celebrate our fall exhibitions: “Barbara Takenaga,” “Pink Art,” “The Presence of Absence,” and “Object Lab.” Hear from artist Barbara Takenaga and guest curator Debra Bricker Balken followed by mini tours in the galleries. Thursday October 5th 5pm Williams College Museum of Art  … Continue reading »

Lecture: Andrew Scherer

Mellon Decade Fellow Andrew K. Scherer presents “Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone.” This illustrated lecture explores the materiality of human and animal bone among the Pre-Columbian Maya (ca. 400 BCE to 1502 CE). The importance of bone as craft material is apparent not only in… Continue reading »

Lecture: Christopher Heuer

Christopher Heuer presents “Arctic Ink.” When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was found in the Arctic circle in 1870, many questions arose. What do such objects, for example, tell us about narratives of Renaissance globalization? About “cultural exchange” conceptualized not in terms of movement and difference, but… Continue reading »

Lecture: Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, “Slave Portraiture”

Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Agnes Lugo-Ortiz presents, “Slave Portraiture at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation).” This talk will address the visualization of enslaved subjects in portraiture during the period of emancipation in the Caribbean. It will underscore the conflictive political forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work… Continue reading »

Lecture: Victoria Rovine–“Cloth and Colonialism”

Clark Fellow Victoria Rovine presents “Cloth and Colonialism: France, French West Africa, and the Construction of Cultures.” Cloth’s soft, pliable nature makes it an improbable vehicle for the assertion of power, yet it played a singular role in the history of French colonial West Africa. This lecture explores how… Continue reading »

Lecture: Matthew Jesse Jackson– “Everythingism”

Beinecke Fellow Matthew Jesse Jackson presents “Everythingism.” It could be argued that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation); instead,… Continue reading »

Peter Trippi Lecture: From the Vanderbilts to Candid Camera

Few artists’ legacies have experienced the extreme highs and lows accorded to Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema over the last century. Since the 1980s, private collectors and museum curators have rediscovered Alma-Tadema’s many charms. Peter Trippi, co-curator of a large Alma-Tadema exhibition currently touring Europe, explores how and why these swings… Continue reading »

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 did not create in a vacuum. For example, the… Continue reading »

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, and thinkers in related disciplines to consider how art… Continue reading »

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 organizing, they have been “Developing the First World” since… Continue reading »

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 (UC Riverside), Rebekah Rutkoff (Independent Scholar/Artist), Jenni Sorkin (UC Santa… Continue reading »

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 Manton Auditorium… Continue reading »

Annual Graduate Program Symposium

Twenty-second Annual Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art Symposium The M.A. Class of 2017 will deliver individual scholarly papers throughout the day. Starts 9am Manton Auditorium, Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street… Continue reading »

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 of Public Practice at the Walker Art Center where… Continue reading »

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 13, 2017 6 pm WCMA L231 (Lawrence Hall Auditorium)… Continue reading »

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 tribe and the momentous impact of Western expansion. Wallworth’s… Continue reading »

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 bare the existential folly of… Continue reading »

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 part of her own transdisciplinary, feminist practice and central… Continue reading »

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 majestic painting of Niagara Falls were catalogued with an… Continue reading »

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 artist), Gerd Kroske (filmmaker), and (via Skype) Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths,… Continue reading »

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 explores the importance of artistic exchange across Europe in… Continue reading »

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 the fijnschilder (fine painter) Gerrit Dou and his contemporaries,… Continue reading »

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 drink. And sample a meal of the future. Thursday,… Continue reading »

GALLERY TALK: COUNTERNARRATIVES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:00 pm-3:00 pm MANTON RESEARCH… Continue reading »

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 of realism in nineteenth-century British Orientalism, Leighton insisted he… Continue reading »

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 their return voyage to China. Their route to the… Continue reading »

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 relieves his films from the burden of primitivism, as… Continue reading »

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 and related disciplines. This lecture will present several case… Continue reading »

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 of Michael Stewart.” Thursday, Dec. 8th  4pm WCMA… Continue reading »

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 be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Bal… Continue reading »

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 the Supreme Court Case Brown V. Board of Education, Josef… Continue reading »

Annual Whitney Stoddard Memorial Lecture

“Medieval Matters: Curating the Middle Ages at the Metropolitan Museum of Art” lecture given by Griffith Mann, the Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Medieval Art and the Cloisters, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00pm Lawrence Hall, L231 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams… Continue reading »

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 Clark in 2014. Sunday, Dec. 11th 3-4:30pm Clark Auditorium… Continue reading »

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 pm Manton Research Center… Continue reading »

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 Holly. A book signing follows the talk. Saturday, November… Continue reading »

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 illustrated broadsheet was published in Augsburg to advertise… Continue reading »

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 transformation in conventions for posing human figures in European… Continue reading »

Public lecture: Jeremy Melius on “Idolatrous Ruskin”

This lecture revisits the relationship between Victorian critic John Ruskin and his disciple and translator Marcel Proust in order to rethink key aspects of Ruskin’s investments in the past, present, and durational intensity of works of art, as well as to offer new insight into his fervent belief in language’s… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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 States presidential election, the conversation is meant to both… Continue reading »

Elena Shtromberg lecture on the art of Cildo Meireles

Elena Shtromberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Drawn from her book, Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas, 2016), this presentation will focus on a series of works with banknotes by the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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 – 11:30 am WCMA… Continue reading »

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 could be found across Europe, South-East Asia, and the Americas… Continue reading »

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 is presented in conjunction with the Williams College Dance… Continue reading »