Clark Art Lecture on Rerouting Indian Modernism

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by Rakhee Balaram (State University of New York at Albany / Clark Fellow). 
 
In it she questions the historiography concerning Rabindranath Tagore's art to open up new questions about the historical avant-garde and its limits. This lecture looks to South America and Japan to consider the genesis of Tagore's drawings and paintings, which were exhibited in Paris in the wake of the celebrated African and Oceanic exhibition in Paris in 1930. 
 
Balaram draws on scientific, economic and legal discourses, and both cross-cultural analysis and popular culture to examine Tagore's erasures, drawings, and paintings, which offer revolutionary perspectives on current debates in the field.?
 
Balaram is associate professor of global art and art history at State University of New York at Albany, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art. Balaram has published two books: Counterpractice: Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Art of French Feminism (Manchester University Press, 2022) and a co-edited volume on modern and contemporary South Asian art, 20th-Century Indian Art (Thames & Hudson, 2022), which was named a Financial Times Book of the Year. In spring 2024, Balaram will be a Scholar-in-Residence at INHA (Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art) in Paris. At the Clark, she will work on a book on two canonical Indian artists, Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore.
 
Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524. A reception at 5 pm in the Manton Research Center reading room precedes the event. 

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Williamstown Decides to Clear Out Water Street Lot

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A long-time de facto parking lot on Water Street will be closed to vehicles as of March 1, the town has announced.
 
The 1.27-acre dirt lot that was most recently the site of the town garage has been used to park cars for decades. But the town has never formally considered it a parking lot, and it is not paved, lined or regulated in any way.
 
The town manager Thursday said that concerns about liability at the site led to a decision to place barriers around the lot to block cars this winter and for the foreseeable future.
 
"Over the fall, we kept an eye on it, and what we were seeing was upward of 160 or 170 cars on any given day," Bob Menicocci said. "It got to the point where, because of its unregulated nature, the Police Department was getting calls for service saying, ‘I'm blocked in. Can you tow this car?' that kind of thing.
 
"It was becoming an untenable situation."
 
The town's observation of the lot found a high percentage of the cars belonged to people connected to Williams College, mainly students who used it for overnight parking. That conclusion is borne out by the way the lot tends to be a lot emptier during college breaks.
 
In the fall, the school's student newspaper ran an article describing the lot as, "a perfectly legal spot to stash a car, and thus, [where] it seems that College students have lucked into a free, convenient parking lot."
 
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