Clark Art Presents Lecture on Anonymous 18th Century Black Portrait

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program hosts a lecture by Erica Moiah James (University of Miami / Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow) in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. 
According to a press release:
In this free talk James provides a study of the anonymous eighteenth-century work "Portrait of a Young Woman" using the material archive provided by the sitter's dress, jewelry, and cotton head-tie to establish her as a Black, Caribbean, creole woman. It seeks to render a "problem space" between historical Black representation and contemporary desires to know and name figures like her as proof of life, through a relational consideration of time, embodiment, and the representational capacity of Black flesh in the work of contemporary artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, alongside representations of Black people under threat of life in the digital age.
Erica Moiah James?is an art historian, curator, and assistant professor at the University of Miami. Her research centers on Indigenous, modern, and contemporary art of the Caribbean, Americas, and the African Diaspora. At the Clark, James plans to develop several chapters of her next book, which focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century global Caribbean art in conversation with contemporary practices and art historical methodologies. As an extension of the book project, she will also develop an exhibition of some of the earliest known paintings and prints of the Caribbean made by British military artists.
A 5 pm reception in the Manton Research Center reading room precedes the free program. 

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Williamstown Charter Proposal Sparks Concern over 'Separation of Powers'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board this week clashed over a proposal that would add to the town charter a mechanism to ensure compliance with the foundation of town government.
The Select Board on Monday night finalized the warrant for the annual town meeting.
Most of the 42 articles on the agenda for the Thursday, May 23, meeting were recommended by the Select Board for passage with little or no comment. The primary exception was Article 32, one of five articles to result from deliberations of the Charter Review Committee.
The review committee spent about a year and a half reviewing the 68-year-old charter, which has not received a major revision over the last seven decades.
In consultation with consultants from the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and after reviewing best practices from municipalities around the commonwealth, the Charter Review Committee developed a number of recommendations to town meeting.
Most of the proposed revisions clarify existing charter language and bring the document in line with town practices that have evolved over the last half century (Article 30). Two of the articles resulting from the CRC are not actually charter changes at all but town bylaw proposals (Articles 33 and 34).
Two proposals would make substantive changes to the charter: adding a recall provision (Article 31) and creating a mechanism to enforce the charter (Article 32).
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