August 15, 2014

“Conversations on Mid-Century Abstraction”

Clark Art Institute
Photo: Richard Pare.

Join us Saturday, September 6, for “Make It New? Conversations on Mid-Century Abstraction,” a Clark Symposium in Williamstown, Massachusetts, sponsored in part by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. From 1 to 5pm, three distinguished artists reflect on the effects and consequences of mid-century abstraction with interlocutors of their choice. What characteristics of mid-century abstraction continue to matter, and how? How are contemporary artists and writers dealing with the impurity and limitations that obtained so much art lauded for its virtue and freedom? What remains to be discovered?

Glenn Ligon in conversation with Byron Kim
Brice Marden in conversation with Vincent Katz
Amy Sillman in conversation with Thomas Eggerer

Yve-Alain Bois, Professor, School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study, will provide closing remarks.

A related exhibition, Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975, will be on view at the Clark from August 2 to October 13.


About the Clark
The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate program in the History of Art.

The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are a new 42,600-square-foot Visitor Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates; expansion and renovation of the original museum building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects; and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of Stone Hill Center, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

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The Clark Art Institute and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation present "Conversations on Mid-Century Abstraction"

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